AirBridgeCargo is understood to be close to converting an outstanding commitment for ten Boeing 747-8 Freighters into firm orders. The deal, estimated at $4bn, follows the memorandum of understanding for 20 examples signed at the Paris Air Show in June 2015.
The Volga-Dnepr subsidiary is a major operator of the 747 with 17 aircraft in service. This includes two ‘white tail’ examples, VQ-BFE (c/n 60118) and VQ-BFU (c/n 60117), delivered last November following a year in storage at Marana, Arizona after their sale to the original customer, Azerbaijan’s Silk Way Airlines, fell through.
AirBridgeCargo has also emerged as the previously unidentified buyer of two of the four 747-8s sold by Boeing in March. The first of these aircraft, N841BA (c/n 60119), is now test flying with the manufacturer and is expected to join wholly owned British offshoot CargoLogicAir as G-CLAB imminently.