The China-Russia connection: E-commerce demand supports a booming trade lane

Chinese express carriers have been making waves in the air cargo business for some time now, rapidly building up their freighter operations and innovating domestic express operations. Still, despite being the base for two of the world’s largest e-commerce companies – JD.com, which is often compared to Amazon for the high degree of control it […]

AirBridgeCargo recertified for CEIV Pharma

Volga-Dnepr Group subsidiary carrier AirBridgeCargo Airlines was recertified under the International Air Transport Association’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma). The two-day audit took place at ABC’s cargo hub at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) and covered all internal processes of ABC’s pharma handling. AirBridgeCargo was the first Russian airline certified […]

Cargolux introduces digital booking platform

Cargolux Airlines is making it easier for customers to purchase airfreight capacity with the launch of an online booking platform. Although such booking tools are no longer novel for combination carriers, the new tool represents something of a milestone for an all-cargo carrier. According to Cargolux, the digital booking tool is powered by PROS technology […]

Volga-Dnepr Group misses targets, begins restructuring process

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group will be executing a restructuring plan after the group’s three carriers – AirBridgeCargo (ABC), ATRAN and Volga-Dnepr Airlines (VDA) – saw their collective traffic drop by 6% in the first half of 2019, to 2.6 million FTKs, missing targets by 20%. While an immediate change involves the appointment of a new general […]

Swissport, Brussels Airport plan new pharma center

Today, Swissport announced its plans to develop a new pharmaceutical center at Brussels Airport (BRU).  Swissport’s pharmaceutical center will provide 25,000 square meters of warehouse space, offices and 3,620 square meters of space for temperature-sensitive biopharmaceutical products. The warehouse space will include an automated Material Handling System (MHS), 50 truck loading bays, “speed gates” for air cargo and a four-story office […]

Volga-Dnepr Group, Liege Airport extend strategic cooperation

Today, Volga-Dnepr Group and Liège Airport (LGG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) expanding their strategic cooperation at the airport. The agreement, also supported by the Walloon Government in Belgium, extends the original agreement between the two stakeholders in support of LGG’s development as a hub for cargo through enhanced freighter capacity.  The new agreement extends an MOU between LGG, Volga-Dnepr Group and […]

Volga-Dnepr, Leipzig/Halle operator ink agreement for cargo and business development

Today, Volga-Dnepr Group and Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG (MFAG), the company that manages Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) expanding their strategic partnership at LEJ. The agreement is intended to boost cargo infrastructure development at the airport and establish LEJ as a multimodal hub for Volga-Dnepr’s scheduled and charter operations.  Under the agreement, the two […]

AirBridgeCargo opts for SkyCell passive pharma containers

In a sign of anticipated growth in its pharma vertical, Russian carrier AirBridgeCargo (ABC) is expanding its partnership with temperature-controlled container manufacturer and lessor SkyCell, the two parties announced today in a joint release. AirBridgeCargo said its passive pharmaceuticals shipments increased two-fold in the first quarter of 2019, to around 3,500 tonnes year-on-year, boosting demand […]

IAG Cargo links API to Freightos WebCargo to offer dynamic pricing

In a move aimed at ushering in an era of dynamic pricing for its carrier affiliates, IAG Cargo, the parent of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo, announced today that Freightos’ WebCargo platform will become the first live user of its digital APIs. Following the integration, freight forwarders using WebCargo now have instant, real-time […]

ABC expands Norwegian seafood exports with third weekly 747F service

Just two weeks after Avinor AS, the operator of Oslo Airport (OSL), terminated an agreement to work with ground-handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) on a planned seafood cargo handling facility, the company expanded its seafood exports from the airport with an additional scheduled freighter service. Yesterday, OSL welcomed the third weekly flight from Russia-based AirBridgeCargo […]

ABC leases ThermoSafe’s PharmaPort 360 active containers

AirBridgeCargo (ABC) has signed a leasing agreement for Sonoco ThermoSafe’s active bulk shipping container, the PharmaPort 360. The deal was publicized today at the LogiPharma event in Montreaux, Switzerland. The addition of the active containers to ABC’s routes will bolster its foothold in the movement of pharmaceutical products. Fedor Novikov, deputy director of products at […]

AirBridgeCargo boosts operations at Rickenbacker with added frequency

AirBridgeCargo Airlines announced plans today to add an additional frequency to Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK), bringing the carrier’s total operations at the cargo-centric airport to twice-weekly. Although the Russia-based carrier has had mixed success serving airports in the United States, Rickenbacker appears to be working for the Russia-based carrier. In 2018 the AirBridgeCargo’s volumes to […]
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