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EADS delivers converted freighter to Rus Aviation

Sharjah-based firm continues multi-million dollar fleet rollover.
Saleh al Aroud, owner of Rus Aviation
Saleh al Aroud, owner of Rus Aviation

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Sharjah-based Rus Aviation has received its first A300-600R converted freighter from EADS EFW.

A special celebratory event was hosted as part of the handover, which supports a multi-million dollar fleet rollover programme for the Middle Eastern cargo operator.

“This is one of several aircraft planned to operate for Iraqi Airways on routes between Asia, Europe and Africa,” said Saleh al Aroud, proprietor and owner of Rus Aviation. “As we believe in the full recovery and a strong future of the air cargo business, we are very interested in expanding our fleet with further Airbus freighter conversions in the long-range segment.”

The first aircraft, formerly operated by a US airline, entered the conversion line in mid-September 2010 in Dresden (Germany).

“We are pleased to release this newly converted aircraft to RUS Aviation. The freighters’ great potential will take its part to enhance the business opportunities of RUS Aviation,” said Andreas Sperl, President and CEO of EADS EFW. "And we are happy that this newly converted freighter aircraft has been the first of now totalling seventeen aircraft in the backlog for conversion with RUS and two other customers until 2013.”

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