CARACAS, VENEZUELAVenezuela's national carrier Conviasa has taken delivery of a Boeing B747-300M from Iran's Mahan Air for its cargo operations.

The 36 years old jumbojet with registration YV3531 (MSN 23413) will be operated by Conviasa's cargo branch Emtrasur.

The aircraft was initially delivered to the Frech carrier UTA (Union de Transports Aériens) in January 1986. The jumbojet served under the UTA brand until the company’s closure in 1992. From 1992 to 2006 it was operated by Air France and sold to Iranian carrier Mahan Air in 2007.

Conviasa pursues the current trend among others by obtaining a dedicated aircraft for cargo operations. The airline removed seats from an Airbus A340 quadjet to carry cargo during the pandemic.

Emtrasur's official name is Aerocargo del Sur and was established last year by the government of Venezuela with the aim to fly cargo between Venezuela, Iran, and China. It has its base at El Libertador Air Base at Maracay.