Volga-Dnepr, Henan Province partner on ‘trans-Siberian air bridge’

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group signed an agreement with Henan Airport Group and Zhongyuan Asset Management to form a “trans-Siberian air bridge” as part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative launched in 2013. “The potential advantages of Zhengzhou were obvious to us right from the beginning, notably its advantageous geographical location and the existence of the […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • August 9, 2018

ABC adds Ho Chi Minh City to international network

AirBridgeCargo (ABC), a subsidiary of Russian airline conglomerate Volga-Dnepr Group, has launched a new 747-freighter service to Ho Chi Minh City. The move connects Vietnam to ABC’s international network – guaranteeing “48-hour delivery times, including ground handling,” to anywhere ABC flies out of its Moscow hub. In June, Air Cargo World spoke with ABC operations […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 23, 2018

AirBridgeCargo’s Lazarev: At right place, right time for further growth

Since joining the Volga-Dnepr Group in 2013, in the position of operations director of AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), Sergey Lazarev has overseen a period of rapid growth for the Russian all-cargo carrier. Two years later after joining the carrier, he was appointed general director of ABC, which had been aggressively pursuing long-haul cargo routes and achieving […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 7, 2018

Volga-Dnepr to exit An-124 NATO charter agreement

In another sign of rising tensions between Russia and the West, Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group is withdrawing from the Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (SALIS) agreement, under which Volga-Dnepr and Ukraine’s Antonov Group provide charter service for certain NATO and European Union countries aboard An-124 aircraft. Under the SALIS charter agreement, Volga-Dnepr and Antonov have provided six […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • April 18, 2018

Van de Weg rejoins Volga-Dnepr Group saying he ‘missed the action’

Today, Robert van de Weg has returned to Russian airline conglomerate Volga-Dnepr Group to fulfill the role of vice president of sales and marketing, where he will oversee the development of AirBridge Cargo, Volga-Dnepr Airlines and Atran Airlines’ positioning within the cargo market. Van de Weg worked at the company for about three years, leaving […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 6, 2018

AirBridgeCargo charter flights up a whooping 47 percent in 2016

Moscow-based AirBridgeCargo is known for its rapidly growing scheduled freighter business, but in parallel, the carrier’s charter business is also booming. Looking back on 2016, ABC says the number of charter flights it operated last year was up 47 percent year-over-year, compared to 2015. Cargo charters are often the only supply chain solution available for […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 13, 2017

Uncharted waters: Three cargo leaders to watch in 2016

After starting with a promising surge in airfreight demand during the U.S. West Coast port crisis, 2015 has proven to be a tough year as the industry endured economic fallout from a slowdown in the Asian economy, falling airfreight demand on prominent trade routes and a marked decline in fuel surcharge revenues. Through it all, […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 3, 2015

Three to watch: Ilin taking AirBridgeCargo Airlines to new heights

Cargo carriers and forwarders alike probably wish they had had the year that AirBridgeCargo Airlines has had. With an 18 percent rise in tonnage in the first nine months of 2015, compared to 2014, and a 28 percent rise, year-over-year, in tonnage carried in September, the scheduled-freight arm of Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group has continued to be […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 1, 2015

ABC adds two 747-8s to its fleet

Russia-based AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) this week took delivery of two 747-8 freighters from Boeing. These are the first two 747-8Fs delivered to ABC under a Memorandum of Understanding for twenty of the type signed by ABC’s parent, the Volga-Dnepr Group (although  Boeing’s customer is US-based investment company,  which in turn has leased the freighters to AirBridge). […]
  • Staff Reports
  • November 18, 2015

AirBridgeCargo swoops into Singapore

AirBridgeCargo, the scheduled freight service of the Volga-Dnepr Group, made its inaugural flight to Singapore’s Changi Airport from Moscow, Sept. 3, launching twice-weekly Moscow-Singapore-Hong Kong-Moscow service. Using a 747-8F, this service establishes Moscow as a new freighter link for Changi Airport. The service is ABC’s ninth freighter destination in Asia. Now the airline will provide […]
  • Staff Reports
  • September 4, 2015

Volga-Dnepr orders 20 freighters at Paris Air Show

The Volga-Dnepr Group has entered into an agreement with Boeing to order twenty 747-8 freighters through a combination of direct purchases and leases over the next seven years. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding  – valued at US$7.4 billion, at list prices – during the Paris Air Show. Volga-Dnepr will reap additional benefits […]
  • Staff Reports
  • June 17, 2015

AirBridgeCargo completes record year

In its tenth year of doing business, AirBridgeCargo (ABC), the scheduled-service subsidiary of the Volga-Dnepr Group, carried a record 401,000 tonnes of cargo in 2014, which is a 17.6 percent increase year-over-year. Investing in improvements at its main hub in Moscow, and reacting quickly to market changes, ABC averaged a load factor of 72.6 percent, which […]
  • Staff Reports
  • January 27, 2015