It’s no secret that the AirBridgeCargo (ABC) managers want to continue with their worldwide expansion plans and that the African continent is one area which is still high on their
Now it looks like that ABC has opened the door to Africa through a new service just started by Volga-Dnepr daughter, CargologicAir.
CargologicAir’s Boeing 747-400Fs could easily be mistaken as AirBridgeCargo aircraft.
The name on the side of the aircraft is different, but the colours of both carriers are the same.
A new route from London Stansted as of February 14th is being operated twice weekly into Africa using CargologicAir‘s flight numbers and under their Air Operator Certificate (AOC).
The Thursday and Sunday operations will route from Stansted via Frankfurt to Libreville and Johannesburg. Return flights will be via Nairobi and back to Stansted.
Frankfurt as one of ABC’s most important hubs has been chosen as an e-route stop in order to allow ABC’s clients a larger choice of connections within the Russian all cargo carrier’s network.
AirBridge Cargo is convinced that the new service will give their customers in North America and the Far East a far better access to the African market for their products.
Africa is an important area for Chinese expansion and there are various Chinese airlines which also have plans to expand present operations there as well as start-up new services.
Robert van der Weg, ABC’s V.P. Sales & Marketing, stated that the carrier is continuing its expansion into other parts of the world also by means of joining up with other carriers where possible.
With Africa now seemingly tied up, it only remains to be seen how and when AirBridge cargo will add South America to the list.
ABC’s January tonnages are way up
Figures recently published show that ABC’s January 2016 tonnages were a massive 30 percent above those of January 2015.
A total of almost 44,000 tons were carried on ABC’s fleet of Boeing 747 freighters in the first month of this year.
Much of the increase is attributed to the continuing fleet and network expansion of the Russian carrier.
New destinations such as Atlanta, Helsinki, Los Angeles and Hanoi were added to ABC’s network in 2015.
John Mc Donagh