Top 10 air cargo stories of 2019

Following a year of ups and downs, it can be useful to pause for a look back to gain some perspective and anticipate the trends that may dominate the year ahead. In this final list of the year, we at Air Cargo World invite our readers to join us in reflecting on those stories that dominated the […]

Atran’s launch of freighter service boosts Xi’an, Moscow development goals

Yesterday, Moscow-based Atran Airlines, under parent company Volga-Dnepr Group, launched the first flight of its new freighter service from Xi’an Xianyang (XIY) to Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) international airports. Flights will be operated by a 737-400F aircraft and carried once-weekly, starting this month, before increasing to twice–weekly next month.  The 737-400F has capacity for 15 tonnes of cargo and will mainly transport […]

ABC increases frequencies to Asian destinations

Moscow-based subsidiary of the Volga Dnepr Group, AirBridgeCargo (ABC), is bolstering its footprint in Asia by increasing frequencies to its popular trans-Eurasian routes, including Narita (NRT), Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) and Shenzhen (SZX). As of the end of March, frequencies to each destination will now be eight, two and six per week, respectively. “Based […]

CLA celebrates female crew on International Women’s Day

Two women, who are pilots for Volga Dnepr’s United Kingdom-based subsidiary carrier CargoLogicAir (CLA), Captain Jacqueline Robinson and First Officer Carina Krause, became the first all-women crew to fly one of CLA’s 747 freighters. The trans-Atlantic flight carried 100 tonnes of cargo from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and arrived in Atlanta (ATL) just in time today […]

Freighter and facility expansions at Leipzig pick up

Over the last week, several freight and facility expansion announcements at Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ) in Germany by AeroLogic, CargoLogic Germany and DHL Express suggest the airport is a growing hotspot for cargo in Europe. Lufthansa Cargo will soon take delivery of two 777F aircraft, which will be operated by AeroLogic, the LEJ-based 50/50 joint venture […]

Alibaba enters strategic partnership with Volga-Dnepr Group

Alibaba is making moves to further tap into Western markets in a new partnership with the Russian airline conglomerate Volga-Dnepr Group. Today, the e-commerce giant’s logistics unit, Cainiao, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Volga-Dnepr Group to utilize its trans-Eurasian-focused subsidiary carriers’ networks, and to each “leverage their respective logistics assets in Asia, Europe […]

Volga-Dnepr Group opens operations base in Houston

Today, Volga-Dnepr Group opened an operations base at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). As an expansion of the Group’s sales office, established in Houston in 2001, the base is intended to strengthen Volga-Dnepr’s appeal to its North and South American clients — particularly in the oil and gas, heavy machinery, energy and aerospace sectors. […]