Silk Way orders more 747-8Fs

Azerbaijan-based Silk Way Group signed a firm order with Boeing to purchase three 747-8 Freighters. Rumors that Silk Way was negotiating such an order surfaced late last year, and have now been confirmed by a report late last week from the Azerbaijan State Information Agency showing photos of Aaur Akhundov, President of the Silk Way Group, […]
  • David Harris
  • March 2, 2015

More freighters for AirBridge

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) will take two more freighters into its fleet this year – and has said it is considering a further two. Speaking to Cargo Facts’ European editor Alex Lennane, ABC’s Executive President Denis Ilin said that one 747-400ERF, formerly oper­ated by KLM/Martinair Cargo (35233), was completing test flights in Amsterdam in early January in anticipation […]
  • David Harris
  • January 15, 2015

AirBridgeCargo’s new 747-8F

Moscow-based AirBridgeCargo Airlines took delivery of its sixth 747-8F (60687). This is something of an interesting transaction, as AirBridge had only formally ordered five 747-8Fs, the last of which was delivered in late 2013. However, the carrier announced earlier this year that it would acquire a sixth unit by November,  and it eventually became apparent that […]
  • David Harris
  • October 21, 2014

747-8F: the State of the program

It has now been almost nine years since Boeing officially launched the 747-8. In a departure from the normal evolution of major aircraft programs, Boeing launched the freighter variant, the 747-8F, first, with Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) signing on as launch customers, with orders for ten and eight freighters, respectively. It wasn’t until […]
  • David Harris
  • October 14, 2014

AirBridgeCargo’s third 747-8F & More

AirBridgeCargo Airlines has taken delivery of its third 747-8F, VQ-BGZ (msn: 37580), seen here about to depart for Hong Kong on delivery flight ABW1011 (ABW is AirbridgeCargo’s ICAO code) from Paine Field. VQ-BGZ was chronologically the first 747-8F built for AirBridgeCargo – completed in early 2011 – but did not actually fly until September 16th […]
  • David Harris
  • December 13, 2012

AirBridgeCargo’s first 747-8F Delivered

AirBridge Cargo took delivery of its first 747-8F today, and Cargo Facts was on hand last night to get a sneak peek at the new aircraft. VQ-BLQ (msn: 37581) first flew back on December 21st, and will enter service in the very near future. AirBridge, part of the Volga-Dnepr group, placed an order for five […]
  • David Harris
  • January 26, 2012

AirBridge’s first 747-8F

When we checked in at Paine field (PAE) back in September, we mentioned that the first 747-8f for Air Bridge had made it to the flight line but had not yet been painted. Now it’s in full colors – though like all the non-test 748fs it is still waiting for engines and completion. VQ-BGZ (msn: […]
  • David Harris
  • December 13, 2010
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