|Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 18):|
Russia is the number 8 exporter in the world. While most of that is oil, there is a lot of freight moving around to support it. I believe AirBridge Cargo is doing a lot of business with freight forwarders.
Russia's exports are 60% oil and gas. I find it hard to believe they need so many freighters for supporting the oil and gas industry and their arms sales. This is probably a large order so the people that negotiated it can get the biggest kickbacks.
They are not very busy:
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