Specialty products drive 2017 volume growth at AirBridge

Russia-based AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), the scheduled-service subsidiary of Volga-Dnepr Group,  reported total tonnage up 13% in 2017 to “more than 700,000 tonnes.” This is well down from the more-than-20% growth the carrier has reported in the last three years, but stronger than the industry average. In terms of cargo traffic (in freight tonne kilometers), AirBridge […]
  • David Harris
  • January 24, 2018

A new airline from Volga-Dnepr? And new freighters?

MADRID — Volga-Dnepr Group is planning to launch a new airline based in Leipzig, Germany, with some of the twelve AN-124 freighters in its fleet. Slava Shakhov, a Commercial Manager at Moscow-based Volga-Dnepr Group, told Cargo Facts today that the company is planning to overhaul “at least three” of its An-124s – and that those […]
  • JJ Hornblass
  • November 29, 2017

Moscow: the rising cargo hub

The first quarter of 2017 was almost universally a solid quarter for air freight, but if carriers from one region stood-out, it might just be those based in Moscow. Recent reports of high double-digit traffic growth figures are almost reminiscent of those seen during the heydays of the Gulf Carriers, just a few years ago. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 31, 2017

Overheard at Cargo Facts Asia

SHANGHAI – A record crowd of senior executives from all links in the air cargo supply chain gathered at the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai late last month for Cargo Facts Asia 2017 – the sixth annual presentation of what is now undeniably the region’s premier industry event. After five years in Hong Kong, record attendance […]
  • David Harris
  • May 18, 2017

Who will become the heavyweight champion?

It’s official. Both Ukraine-based Antonov Company and Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group have confirmed they will end their decade-long sales joint venture, and go it alone in the outsize and heavylift marketplace beginning 1 January. The two companies created the joint venture, Ruslan International, in 2006 to jointly market their combined An-124-100 fleets. Given that their airline subsidiaries, […]
  • David Harris
  • November 21, 2016

New freighter, new directions for AirBridgeCargo

Last Friday, AirBridgeCargo, the scheduled-service subsidiary of Russia-based Volga-Dnepr group took delivery of its tenth 747-8F, during a ceremony held at Seattle’s SeaTac Airport. Though freighter deliveries are a frequent occurrence, AirBridge’s growth and success is closely interlinked with the future of the 747 program and thus deserves recognition. As Boeing’s backlog for the jumbo-freighter […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • October 10, 2016

Intrepid orders two 747-8Fs

US-based lessor Intrepid Aviation reached an agreement with Boeing under which it will swap two of its current six orders for 777-300ER passenger aircraft for 747-8 freighters. Delivery of both freighters is scheduled for 2017, and Intrepid said both would go “on very long lease to one of the industry’s premier cargo operators.” The identity […]
  • David Harris
  • October 7, 2016

747-8 – the state of the program

At the end of last week, Cargolux took delivery of a 747-8 Freighter. As we said in Friday’s post on that delivery, the Luxembourg-based carrier had already taken delivery of thirteen of the type, and this one, #14, is the last it will take. Several other carriers have also taken all the 747-8s they ordered, […]
  • David Harris
  • October 3, 2016
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