Volga-Dnepr Group has started operations in a newly-built hangar constructed by Leipzig/Halle Airport. The lease has been taken by Volga-Dnepr Technic GmbH, the MRO provider which represents Volga-Dnepr Technics in Germany.
The hangar facility has an overall area of 8,500 sq. m. and is designed to simultaneously accommodate one AN-124-100, one IL-76, and one B747 or four single-aisle B737 or A320 aircraft. Maintenance time using the hangar can be significantly reduced, according to Volga-Dnepr, citing the first A-checks for AN-124-100 and Boeing 747-400 freighter aircraft operated by Volga-Dnepr Airlines and AirBridgeCargo Airlines.
“Leipzig/Halle has been an important location for Volga-Dnepr Technics since 2010,” said Ildar Iliyasov, managing director of VDT GmbH. “The addition of this new hangar facility at such an important and growing freight hub – the second largest cargo hub in Germany in terms of freight turnover – provides a long-term competitive advantage for the company.”
VDT plans to provide services to the intra-Group fleets of Volga-Dnepr, AirBridgeCargo and Atran, and gradually allocate slots to external customers. Among the first external customers could be both airlines based at the airport and Russian-based air carriers exposed to constraints of free slot absence.