Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Russian Air Freight Group Busy Setting Cargo Record and Opening New Facility

Moscow Hub Delivers Automobiles in Motor Show Season
Shipping News Feature

RUSSIA – GERMANY – Moving vehicles by air is both a tricky and expensive method of transport and therefore only top of the line automobiles, or those that need to arrive very quickly and in pristine condition ever use the air freight option yet September was a record month for the carriage of motor cars by Russia’s AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC). The airline, which is part of the Russian Volga-Dnepr group, safely delivered twenty cars from its hub at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport to destinations in Europe, North America and Asia that are served by ABC’s scheduled Boeing 747 freighter flights.

AirBridgeCargo was chosen to transport eight cars in September of which four vehicles were delivered to Chicago, two were carried to Munich and the others were bound for Frankfurt and Paris. The cars were moved following the end of the Moscow International Automobile Salon 2012, an annual automotive industry event. Other vehicles ABC successfully shipped during the month were a Lamborghini to a car show in Milan, Lada Granta and Toyota cars to Tokyo, Japan, Volkswagen Tiguan and Volkswagen Polo cars to Chicago and a Rolls Royce to Frankfurt Showtime in Germany. ABC’s Executive President, Tatyana Arslanova said:

“The fact that our airline has been singled out from other carriers to move these vehicles is a reflection of our reputation in the market as a trustworthy airline with a proven track record. We have carried cars ever since we first launched commercial flights in 2004 and this is now an extremely important and growing industry sector for AirBridgeCargo and our freight forwarding customers.”

Another division of Volga-Dnepr, Volga-Dnepr Technics (VDT) has opened an aircraft line maintenance station at Frankfurt Airport, Germany. It follows a successful audit of VDT by the German Federal Aviation Authority, Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA), and was supported by the company’s European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certificates for the provision of maintenance services and its use of EASA Category A certified personnel enabling the servicing of numerous types of Boeing aircraft. In addition to line maintenance services, VDT will lease out ground support equipment, tools and special vehicles and sell consumables such as oils and lubricants.

With this latest investment, VDT now operates at the two major Germany-based airports featuring the largest freight traffic, namely Leipzig and Frankfurt. At Leipzig Airport, the company provides A-check line maintenance scope and has future plans to provide heavy maintenance checks.

Unsurprisingly the first customer to use the new Frankfurt facility was its group partner ABC which operates a fleet of Boeing B747 freighters. Prospectively, Volga-Dnepr Technics plans to add maintenance of the B747-8 to its certificate as well as narrow-body aircraft types with higher demand in the market, such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus А320.

Photo: The 2012 Rolls Royce Ghost was voted Best Luxury Car at the 2012 edition of the Moscow International Motor Show. Picture is of a custom model by Italian coachbuilder Fenice Milano in purple with 24 carat trim priced at $3 million and came with matching handbag.