Tuesday, February 16, 2016

New Air Freight Tie Up Sees Twice Weekly African Cargo Flights

Regular Round Trip Started This Week
Shipping News Feature
UK – GERMANY – GABON – SOUTH AFRICA – KENYA – This week saw AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), Russia’s largest cargo airline, start its new twice-weekly Boeing 747 freight service to Africa. ABC’s new flights will operate every Thursday and Sunday under an ACMI contract with CargoLogicAir (CLA), a sister company also owned by the Volga-Dnepr Group, and using that company’s Air Operator Certificate and flight numbers. The routing will start ex London Stansted (STN) via Frankfurt (FRA) to Libreville (LBV) and onto Johannesburg (JNB), returning to Stansted via Nairobi (NB).

ABC says the new destinations will provide its customers with a greater choice of delivery options while guaranteeing network service levels, and the flight schedule ties in for fast and easy connections with ABC’s existing network at its regional European gateway at Frankfurt Airport. This latest network expansion opens up connections to major markets in Africa for ABC’s customers in North America, the Far East and Southeast Asia. Robert van de Weg, AirBridgeCargo Airlines’ Senior Vice-President for Sales & Marketing commented:

“The introduction of services to Africa is a big step for our company. For the last couple of years AirBridgeCargo has reached the ‘high-water mark’ of its organic growth model with its focus on its fleet, network expansion and consistently improving the quality of its customer service. We are now continuing our development by expanding into other parts of the world, including by means of partnership with other airlines. New points of destination and origin in Africa will provide our customers with direct service via ABC’s stations in Europe, Asia and the US. We are delighted to be working with CargoLogicAir as our ACMI partner to create these new opportunities for our clients.”