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Dubai’s DAE to lease freighter aircraft to Russian carrier


Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has announced that its leasing division DAE Capital and Moscow-based cargo airline AirBridgeC­argo have entered into a purchase and leaseback agreement for freighter aircraft.

The deal is for three factory new Boeing 777 freighter aircraft which will be the first of this type to enter AirBridgeC­argo’s fleet in 2020.

Firoz Tarapore, DAE’s CEO, said: “We are delighted to welcome AirBridgeC­argo as our newest customer and to be in a position to facilitate them with their fleet requiremen­ts as they expand their fleet diversific­ation with this particular type.

“DAE Capital is the world’s largest lessor of 777F aircraft, and our long-term experience with this aircraft type helped in executing this agreement swiftly. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationsh­ip with AirBridgeC­argo as they continue to grow their successful operations.”

Aleksey Isaikin, president of Volga-Dnepr Group, which owns AirBridgeC­argo, added: “Our agreement with Dubai Aerospace Enterprise marks an important moment in our history as we welcome the first Boeing 777 freighters into our fleet.

“These aircraft will support our strategy of broader fleet diversity and modernizat­ion, allowing us to deliver a more cost-efficient product to our customers.”

DAE currently has 15 owned and committed Boeing 777 freighters.

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