AirBridgeCargo Airlines

Record-breaking figures underpin AirBridgeCargo Airlines’ strategic approach

Besides celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2014, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) also transported a record 401,000 tonnes of cargo, a year on year increase of 17.6% increase.  The carrier’s average load for the period was 72.6%, well above the industry average.

To meet increased demand from international customers, ABC also invested to upgrade its freighter fleet.  In 2014 another new generation Boeing 747-8 freighter joined ABC’s fleet, which now has 13 modern B747 freighters, including six of the new generation 8Fs.

To provide an enhanced service offering and more point-to-point deliveries within its network, the airline also expanded its footprint on all of its existing markets.

During the course of 2014, ABC launched new routes to Dallas/Fort Worth, Leipzig, Munich, Basel and Malmo and added more services to its already well-established stations such as Chicago, Milan, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul.

The carrier’s main strategy in 2014 was to be able to respond quickly to market changes, while maintaining operational excellence for its customers, in particular through investing in improved processes at its Moscow hub – Sheremetyevo International Airport.

This expansion allowed the airline to offer customers in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific an even wider choice of routes and frequencies.  ABC currently has 218 scheduled freighter flights a week to 11 countries, and more than 400 connections with a delivery time usually within 48 hours on almost all of its origin-destination pairs via its hub.

Denis Ilin, Executive President of AirBridgeCargo Airlines, said: "2014 was a milestone for AirBridgeCargo and we used our tenth anniversary as the perfect opportunity to thank our customers all over the world for their support with celebration events in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, China, Korea and Japan.

“In 2015, ABC will continue to serve the main gateways in all the regions where we are present and ensure we offer sufficient cargo capacity to respond to the long-term volume requirements of our customers.

“At the same time we aim to further increase our network footprint by adding destinations to support smaller, niche or even short-term project business opportunities as we ensure our customers have the best access to the logistics solutions that suit them most.