Van de Weg joins Volga-Dnepr Group
24 / 03 / 2014
AIRBRIDGECARGO Airlines (ABC), Russia’s largest cargo carrier, has appointed former key Cargolux executives Robert van de Weg and Peter van de Pas as senior vice-president, marketing and sales, and senior vice-president, scheduled operations, respectively.
Van de Weg will be responsible for the management of scheduled cargo sales, as well as the training and development of the group’s global sales team. He replaces Wolfgang Meier who has been promoted to group vice-president for marketing and development for Volga-Dnepr Group's managing company, effective May 2014.
Van de Pas will be responsible for centralising the group’s B747 and B737 fleet management, including developing hangar maintenance services, along with an efficient management process between ABC and Volga-Dnepr Technics, the group’s MRO division.
Both men will be based in Luxembourg. Alexey Isaikin, founder and president of Volga-Dnepr Group, comments: “This strengthening of the group’s management team with respected industry professionals, based in Europe, will allow us to enter a new phase of implementation regarding our ‘cargo supermarket’ concept, as well as deliver more benefits for our customers.”
Highly experienced Van de Weg resigned from his position as senior vice-president, sales and marketing due to differences with the board of directors regarding the future strategy for the European all-cargo airline.
Van de Pas, formerly chief of operations, handed in his resignation a few days later.
Their decision to leave came after an agreement was struck with Chinese company Henan Civil Aviation and Investment (HNCA).
HNCA has purchased the 35 per cent share owned by the Luxembourg government.
There is believed to be widespread discontent over the Luxembourg government’s decision to sell its 35 per cent stake in Cargolux to the Chinese investor.