Estonia’s AVEM AERO operates first ATR freighter

An AVEM AERO ATR72-500(F) freighter aircraft parked.
Photo Credit: AVEM AERO

Estonia-based urgent air cargo charter operator AVEM AERO has commenced operations with its first ATR freighter aircraft.

The new ATR 72-500(F) (72-212A) flew for the first time from Ostrava to Vitoria Foronda on 13 September 2023 transporting automotive parts.

Addition to cargo fleet

The service has been running since 2018 with a fleet of 2 SAABs 340 and AN-26, and this is the first time AVEM AERO is operating an ATR aircraft.

The aircraft can transport over 7400 kgs of cargo on each flight and AVEM AERO’s Managing Director says it will strengthen the company’s operation between Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

“We have taken this aircraft into our fleet because it gives us new perspectives in expanding the range of services we provide to our clients,” says Nikolay Kurbanov, AVEM AERO’s Managing Director.

“Compared to SAAB aircraft, the ATR takes a larger volume of cargo and flies a longer distance. For example, if we used to take 10 standard pallets (120*100*100) in SAAB 340, now we can take 24 pallets in ATR. This allows us to offer our clients more options,” he concluded.


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In general, the ATR 72-500 regional turboprop line features exceptionally low operating costs when compared to similar sized turboprop and jet competitors on typical regional sectors. Turboprops are unrivalled on short-haul sectors.

Powered by PW127 engines, the ATR 72-500 is known for providing outstanding short field performance for an aircraft of this size, even on difficult ‘hot and high’ airfields.


AVEM AERO is a company in the urgent cargo aviation market that has been operating since 2018. It deals exclusively with urgent air charter transportation.

In addition to providing urgent air cargo charter services in Europe, the CIS, North Africa, and Asia, the company also provides OCC services to third parties and aircraft management.

The types of cargo transported by AVEM AERO are automotive, AOG, military, pharmaceutical, oversized, sensitive cargo, etc. The company generates 30% revenue growth per year.

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