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 […]

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 […]

David Kerr leaving CargoLogicAir

David Kerr, the CEO of London-based all-cargo carrier CargoLogicAir (CLA), is leaving his leadership position with the carrier. It is unclear at this time who will take over the vacant leadership role at CLA. However, The Loadstar has reported that the carrier will “consolidate the CEO role into the COO position,” which is held by […]

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 […]

Atran launches weekly China-Europe flights for Cainaio

Russia-based Atran launched weekly scheduled flights between Hangzhou (HGH) and Riga (RIX) via Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) and other intermediate airports for Alibaba’s logistics-arm, Cainiao. The flights will utilize a 23-tonne capacity 737-800BCF and depart Hangzhou every Thursday. Although the new route will contribute to higher asset utilization for Atran’s -800BCF, independent of other business, the […]

Turning point for slot scarcity at AMS with approval of new local rule

Today, Dutch Minister of Transport Cora van Niewenhuizen approved the implementation of a new local rule for airfreight at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), after the enforcement of a 500,000 annual movement cap at the airport led many cargo operators to abandon AMS for nearby competitors. The long-awaited rule change is meant to support AMS’ competitive stance in the European airfreight market against […]

ABC passes Cargo iQ audit for operations in Moscow

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) passed its second audit reconfirming its compliance with the quality standards of IATA interest group Cargo iQ, following a two-day inspection of its operations in Moscow, the same city in which it’s headquartered. Cargo iQ, formerly called Cargo 2000, uses a benchmarking system that rates a shipment’s performance, in terms of its […]

ABC adds Bangladesh to freighter network

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), the British all-cargo subsidiary of the Russia-based Volga Dnepr Group, has added Dhaka, Bangladesh, to its international network with a twice-weekly 747 freighter frequency to address demand for exports from the South Asian hub. The flight will be operated in conjunction with ABC’s Shanghai service to “give customers a vast choice of […]

ABC incorporates digital claims offering with CargoHub partnership

AirBridgeCargo (ABC), subsidiary airline of the Volga Dnepr Group, is partnering with Netherlands-based CargoHub to utilize its digital platform “CargoClaims,” for management of its customers’ claims and pre-claims requests. The IT company describes its claims offering as a “multi-stakeholder platform enabling shippers to submit claims to any airline within one platform.” The software was endorsed […]

CargoLogicAir volumes rise 36 percent in 2018

London-based CargoLogicAir, a subsidiary airline of the Volga Dnepr Group, released its 2018 results, showing cargo volumes increased 36 percent, to 780,000 freight tonne kilometers, compared to 2017’s totals. The niche four-freighter carrier said demand from its clients in oil and gas, aerospace, heavy machinery and humanitarian cargo caused volumes to triple, year-over-year, pointing to […]

ABC reports 2 percent volume growth in 2018

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group’s all-cargo carrier, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) reported 2018 cargo volumes up two percent year-over-year, to just over 700,000 tonnes. Despite the lackluster growth overall,  AirBridgeCargo said higher-value specialty cargo volumes grew 25 percent y-o-y. While the marginal increase sounds slight compared to AirBridgeCargo’s double-digit growth rates of recent years, the figure isn’t far […]

8 executive moves that will impact air cargo in 2019

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day… It’s a new CEO? Now that 2019 has arrived, Air Cargo World is looking back one more time to see which of the recent executive moves in 2018 will likely have the greatest impact on the transformation of airfreight logistics in the new year. While some of […]
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