ABCs fleet grows further

AIRBRIDGECargo Airlines, has taken delivery of its third B747-400ER Freighter from Boeing.

This latest delivery on 10 April follows the arrival of the first and second B747-ERFs in the AirBridge Cargo fleet in November 2007 and February 2008. The 747-400F can carry 113,000 kg of cargo up to 8,240 km.

AirBridgeCargo will use the new aircraft, under lease from AirCastle Advisor, on its existing routes from Asia to Russia and Europe.

Denis Ilyin, senior vice-president commerce and strategic development at AirBridgeCargo, said: “We are proud to be operating the Boeing 747-400ERF in our fleet because its capability is unrivalled by any other aircraft. The fact that this is the third of these advanced freighters to join the ABC fleet within six months reflects Volga-Dnepr Group’s commitment to establishing AirBridgeCargo as one of the world’s best and most reliable scheduled cargo airlines. Our customers can see we are growing, investing in our future and expanding our network.”

With three of the 747-400ERF in its fleet ABC is also looking to launch services from Russia to North America later this year.

AirBridgeCargo saw sales rise by 32 per cent in 2007 to over US$300 million and traffic carried on board its B747 fleet grew by 29 per cent, reaching 101,900 tons. For 2007 overall, Volga-Dnepr Group reported total sales of $1,045 million, 51 per cent higher than in 2006.

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