Aeroflot Cargo modernises the aircraft fleet at its European hub Frankfurt-Hahn and at the same time increases the freight capacities. Oleg Korolev, chief executive of the Russian cargo airline, presented the new aircraft at Hahn, together with the minister of transport of Rhineland-Palatinate Hendrik Hering and the airport management. It was welcomed by the airports fire brigade with a traditional aircraft baptism.
Three wide-bodied long-haul aircrafts of the type McDonell Douglas MD-11F of the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing, add to the fleet stationed at Frankfurt-Hahn from now on. A further fleet extension is already projected. Three additional MD-11F are already ordered and planned to substitute the four DC-10-freighter stationed at Hahn. For this reason Aeroflot Cargo increases its capacities at Frankfurt-Hahn airport enormously. With 90 tonnes of hold capacity, an MD-11 can transport around one-third more cargo tonnage per flight than the so far operated aircraft type DC-10 (65 tonnes).
Aeroflot Cargo is the largest cargo airline at Hahn and handled more than 250.000 tonnes since its start in 2000. From 2000 until 2007 the airline increased its yearly cargo figures nearly ninefold. Aeroflot started on 1st April 2000 first with charter flights and transported back then only electrical devices and car spare parts. In the first year 5.745 tonnes of cargo were counted. In March 2002 it shifted its European base from Luxemburg to Frankfurt-Hahn airport and initially stationed one aircraft of the type DC-10. Until 2003 three further aircrafts of the same type were added. In March 2006 the new company Aeroflot Cargo was founded as subsidiary and freight division of Aeroflot. At the same time the airline signed a contract with the US-aircraft manufacturer Boeing for the delivery of six McDonell Douglas MD-11-freighters.
The first three of these MD-11-freighters, with an operating distance of 6.000 kilometres, are now stationed at Hahn and run the routing Hahn-Moscow-Almaty-Hongkong and return five times per week. Moreover scheduled cargo flights are operated from Hahn to Moscow, Novosibirsk, Yakutsk, Tokyo, Peking and Shanghai. The European hub at Hahn is one of the largest Aeroflot Cargo bases worldwide – next to Moscow, Novosibirsk and Khabarovsk.
Next to the reservation of cargo and passenger flights, delivery of import cargo to various European cities and the organisation of freight charter flights, Aeroflot especially provides the transport of goods to the Far and Middle East, Russia and the CIS. Among the cargo goods are especially technical devices, such as computers, flat screens or mobile phones and live animals, e.g. polar bears, tigers or lamas.