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 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 […]

ABC transports its 500th aircraft engine in 2018 [VIDEO]

In only the eighth month of the year, Russia-based AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has transported its 500th aircraft engine in 2018. The milestone, which has been reached earlier in the year than ever before at ABC, represents a 50 percent, year-over-year, increase in the carrier’s jet-engine transport traffic. Vasily Zhukov, global director of heavy and outsized […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Volga-Dnepr plans new Leipzig-based carrier using heavy-lift An-124s

With a fleet of some of he most unique heavy-lift aircraft in the world, the Volga-Dnepr Group has long voiced its wish to create a new airline in Europe. On Wednesday, at the Military Airlift and Air-to-Air Refueling Conference in Madrid, the Moscow-based carrier announced that it may soon launch a new carrier out of Leipzig, […]

CargoLogicAir takes delivery of third 747 freighter

After less than 18 months of operation, CargoLogicAir (CLA) has taken delivery of its third 747 freighter, growing the fledgling all-cargo airline’s fleet to two 747-400Fs and a new generation 747-8F. The London Stansted Airport-based airline, received its U.K. air operator certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority at the start of 2016, and works in […]

On the rails: Growth in Asia’s slower lane

Last October the British and Chinese governments agreed to allow more than double the number of passenger flights between the two nations and threw the door open to unlimited cargo flights. To date, however, no air carrier has availed itself of the opportunity. Instead, rail, as well as rival ground-based modes, have risen in popularity. […]

AirBridgeCargo beats 2015 volumes with two months left in 2016

Business is on such an upswing at AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) that the carrier only needed 10 months in 2016 to top the previous year’s lift. With a 30 percent, year-over-year, growth in tonnage in October, to 57,600- tonnes, ABC entered record-breaking territory for 2016, with two more months still to go, the all-cargo airline announced. […]

The rise of the ‘Cargo Supermarket’ at Volga-Dnepr

PARIS — At TIACA’s 2016 Air Cargo Forum last week, the exhibition halls were bustling. Many delegates had already made their initial loop around the hall by the time the first panel, “Air Cargo: What lies ahead?” was presented. During the journey round the halls, one could hardly avoid bumping into large stands presented by Volga-Dnepr Group […]

AirBridgeCargo’s executive president Denis Ilin resigns

On the same day that Richard Forson is to take over the reins of Cargolux after CEO Dirk Reich suddenly stepped down, the all-cargo carrier world was rocked again this morning as AirBridgeCargo’s announced that executive president Denis Ilin has resigned after three years on the job, “in accordance with mutual agreements,” the Russian carrier […]
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