Despite economic trouble of its motherland and economic pressure by the European Union and North America, Russan AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has been doing well in the first four months of 2015. The company – part of the Volga-Dnper Group – reports a 20 percent increase in tonnage for the first quarter of the year.
ABC carried 103,816 tonnes across its international route network connecting customers in Europe, the United States and Asia Pacific through its hub in Moscow. As of 2 April it even added a nice touch – at least that’s what we at Airheadsfly.com feel – to its services: an around-the-world-route. Twice a week one of the ABC Freighters will fly Moscow-Sheremetyevo to Shanghai-Pudong to Anchorage-Ted Stevens in Alaska to Los Angeles in California to Chicago-O’Hare to Amsterdam-Schiphol and back to Sheremetyevo.
In January ABC started operations in Helsinki in Finland and the new route Los Angeles – Hanoi in Vietnam was added.
AirBridgeCargo Airlines, part of Volga-Dnepr Group, entered the scheduled cargo market in 2004 when the first AirBridgeCargo branded Boeing 747 made its inaugural commercial flight on the 23rd of April. ABC operates Boeing 747s all-cargo flights, having been the first Russian airline to operate the type.
Five Boeing 747-400ERFs, three B747-400Fs and six brand new Boeing 747-8Fs are making up the fleet of 14 aircraft of ABC, with an average aircraft age of about 4 years. The airline is available for transporting any type of cargo, including shipments requiring special handling or a temperature-controlled environment.
Source: AirBridgeCargo Airlines
Featured image: The 2nd Boeing 747-8F for AirBridgeCargo Airlines (Image © Boeing)