Category Archives: AirBridgeCargo

Airline casualties of Putin’s war: AirBridgeCargo and Atran

Volga-Dnepr Group, owned by Alexei Isaikin, has suspended flights of its two subsidiaries, AirBridgeCargo and Atran Cargo Airlines.

Flights were suspended due to sanctions by lessors and the Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) terminating the airworthiness certificates  of the aircraft.


Volga-Dnepr Group deploys its first Boeing 777F freighter

First ABC Boeing 777F freighter

Volga-Dnepr Group (consists of Volga-Dnepr Airlines, AirBridgeCargo Airlines, ATRAN Airlines), aviation logistics expert, phases in its first Boeing 777F. The freighter, which has been recently certified in Russia, will be part of AirBridgeCargo’s (ABC) fleet.

Boeing 777F, which is to be deployed on Trans-Siberian route, enables ABC to offer more optimized delivery options for its customers. It is the largest twin-engine freighter with up to 106 tons of payload which complements ABC’s already extensive fleet of Boeing 747Fs and gives more flexibility in terms of special and general cargo transportation.

The first commercial flight en-route Seoul (South Korea) – Domodedovo (Moscow, Russia) has been welcomed by the top management of Volga-Dnepr Group, Boeing Corporation and GE Healthcare. The guests could take a tour around the new plane and watch offloading of medical equipment.

Top Copyright Photo: AirBridgeCargo Airlines-ABC Boeing 777F VQ-BAO (msn 66625) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 950771.

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AirBridgeCargo Airlines flies its first COVID-19 vaccine transportation from Beijing

AirBridgeCargo made this announcement:

A total of 6,000 doses of vaccines, weighing almost 400 kg, were safely packed into CRĒDO™ XTREME passive temperature-controlled shipping container, stacked and loaded into standard AKE container and delivered under 2-8C temperature regime. As expected, the vaccines will be part of the clinical trials the manufacturer conducts in various countries across the globe.

After months of preparations, we are actually stepping into the COVID-19 vaccine transportation phase to deliver these sophisticated pharmaceutical products the whole world relies on as a source which will help all of us to get back to normal. Thanks to the dedication and commitment of our APAC and Global Healthcare Team the first transportation went smoothly and we are ready to leverage the stable flows”.

Together with other carriers within Volga-Dnepr Group ABC, which has successfully reconfirmed its CEIV IATA certification last year, has been strengthening its capabilities in the healthcare sector and vaccine transportations, including through regular shipments of other vaccines, as well as vaccine-related shipments (equipment, vials, injections, etc) which are essential for vaccine production. The company has also aligned regular communications with all the stakeholders to exchange experience and best practice, learn from peers and guarantee safe and efficient transportation of vaccines across the globe.

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Boeing 777 Freighter joins the Volga-Dnepr Group

A Boeing 777 Freighter on August 17 joined the Volga-Dnepr Group fleet of 24 Boeing freighters, departing Paine Field in Everett, Washington. The fuel efficient twin-engine freighter will begin operations with AirBridgeCargo, a subsidiary of Volga-Dnepr.


AirBridgeCargo will operate the airplane via a sale-leaseback agreement with Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE).

Volga-Dnepr Group is among the world’s largest Boeing freighter operators, flying 17 747 freighters and five 737 freighters, including 13 747-8F, four 747-400ERF, two 737-800BCF and three 737-400SF.

First ABC Boeing 777F freighter

Above Copyright Photo: AirBridgeCargo Airlines-ABC Boeing 777F VQ-BAO (msn 66625) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 950771.

The 777 Freighter, which can fly 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 kilometers), can carry a payload of 224,900 lbs. (102,010 kg), more cargo capacity than any other twin-engine freighter. Of all production freighters, only the 747F and 777 Freighter are capable of carrying tall and outsized cargo loads on 3-meter (10-foot) tall pallets. This common main-deck pallet height capability enables interchangeable pallets for both models. In addition, the 777F main deck side cargo door is extraordinarily wide at 3.72 meters (146.5 inches), giving that airplane outsized carriage capability beyond tall payloads.

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AirBridgeCargo transports 146 heifers from Houston to Bangkok

AirBridgeCargo Airlines has made this announcement:

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has been consistently developing its dedicated ‘abc care’ product to cater to the needs of the customers transporting live animals. With special attention towards well-being and comfort of ‘special passengers’ onboard, ABC strives for improvement of its services, deepening of its knowledge and expertise and opting for working only with reliable and trustworthy customers.

This was the case then the carrier has organized a complex charter flight for 146 heifers which was accomplished in partnership with ABC’s long-lasting partner, Intradco Global. The request would have been reviewed as a normal one were it not for the routing, with flight originating in Houston (USA) and final point in Bangkok (Thailand). ‘abc care’ team has started preparations long before the flight, scrutinizing every detail of the complex delivery and being in a constant dialogue with the customer to make sure that on a fixed day everything went smoothly.

The animals were grouped in 27 cow stalls, each securely stowed and lashed on the maindeck of Boeing 747-8F and flew more than 17,182 kilometers during 19 hours 45 minutes to its final destination in comfortable conditions. During the whole flight, ABC flight crew made sure that the internal temperature has been maintained in accordance with the required guidelines, within the range from 6 °C to 10 °C. Additional support was provided by the groom who made sure that all the cows felt safe and secure.

To guarantee well-being and safety of each animal on board the company has established Special Operational Procedures and is aimed at further reinforcement of its ‘abc care’ team with qualified specialists from all the departments involved in this complex transportation. For the first five months of 2019, ABC has safely delivered twice as many animals as it did in 2018. In 2019 the company has become a member of the Animal Transportation Association which strives for the safe and humane handling and transport of all animals worldwide.

Video: Pilots view of Boeing 747-8 at Chicago O’Hare

New video from JustPlanes:

JustPlanes en route from Alaska to Holland in the cockpit of the Boeing 747-8 departing Anchorage for Amsterdam Schiphol Airport with stops at Los Angeles and Chicago. Here you can see what the pilotseye sees from the nose camera on departure from O’Hare Airport. The complete flightdeck film is 4 hours long.

Just Planes is very happy to welcome AirBridgeCargo, the 267th airline in our Cockpit Series and 1st airline from Russia! ABC is the largest Russian cargo airline and part of the Volga-Dnepr Group. It operates a fleet of 747-400s and 747-8s all over the world. Our film joins the airline’s “Round the World” flight. The program starts at the busy cargo stop in Alaska and ends at the busy cargo airport of Schiphol with stops in Los Angeles and Chicago.

We’re delighted to add the latest version of the Boeing 747 in our series. In the past we’ve done extensive filming on the jumbo’s 100, 200, 300, 400 and SP versions and now we add the 747-8!


AirBridgeCargo adds Dhaka to its international cargo network

AirBridgeCargo Airlines-ABC Boeing 747-46NF VP-BIK (msn 35421) LHR (SPA). Image: 945268.

AirBridgeCargo made this announcement:

Dhaka becomes the 14th destination in ABC’s Asian network and extends the airline’s ability to guarantee fast and seamless cargo deliveries to Europe, Russia, and the USA. The flight will be operated in conjunction with AirBridgeCargo’s Shanghai, China, service and will give customers a vast choice of international connections over its Moscow cargo hub.

AirBridgeCargo is continuing to develop its Asian network by analyzing routes which will most benefit its customers. In 2018, it added Ho Chi Minh and Shenzhen and offered its special abc e-com, abc valuable and abc general products to meet the demand for hi-tech, e-commerce and garments goods. It has also reinforced its abc pharma product through an MoU with PACTL, which was signed in June 2018 to boost time and temperature-sensitive products and increase the airline’s overall quality performance.

Top Copyright Photo: AirBridgeCargo Airlines-ABC Boeing 747-46NF VP-BIK (msn 35421) LHR (SPA). Image: 945268.

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AirBridgeCargo sees its 2018 volumes exceed 700,000 tons driven by 25% growth in special cargoes

VP-BBL - Promoting "pharma" service

AirBridgeCargo made this announcement:

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), one of the leading carriers with dedicated airlift for special cargoes, saw its volumes of special commodities increase by over 25% in 2018, demonstrating its capability to cater to the needs of customers worldwide and guarantee the highest levels of service quality.

Alignment of internal processes, the introduction of digital solutions to enhance customer experience, partnerships with reliable companies, and the reinforcement of ABC’s global team helped to boost abc pharma volumes by more than 60% year-on-year, while dangerous goods shipments using the airline’s abc DG product rose by 40%. abc XL demand for oversize and heavy cargoes increased by over 20% versus 2017, and e-commerce business delivered via AirBridgeCargo’s abc e-com product was up 6%.

The company expects this growth trajectory to continue in terms of shipment volumes as it increases its focus on performance quality and customer satisfaction.

Overall, total volumes carried in 2018 went up by 2%, exceeding 700,000 tons across ABC’s growing international route network. The increase is attributed to the introduction of new destinations, notably Ho Chi Minh City, Shenzhen, Budapest, and Columbus, which complemented the airline’s existing routes and opened new market growth opportunities for ABC’s customers. On top of this, effective fleet utilization and team strengthening facilitated the company’s growth.

“2019 will be an exceptional year for ABC – the year of our 15th anniversary – and we are delighted to achieve another company milestone supported by the consistent results of 2018. New challenges are ahead of us, but that’s what makes the air cargo industry an exciting place to be. We are all set and ready for new plans and accomplishments as we continue to follow our growth strategy,” highlighted Sergey Lazarev, General Director of AirBridgeCargo Airlines.

One of the main areas for further progress this year will lie in the development of digital front-end solutions for the convenience of ABC customers worldwide. AirBridgeCargo is committed to creating a more user-friendly digital environment, starting with the implementation of equipment to improve the monitoring of a cargo’s condition – temperature logger, shocking sensors, Bluetooth transmitting devices – up to partnering with the world’s leading companies, such as Unilode and SITAONAIR, to guarantee 100% traceability of shipments and continue the move towards an ‘Internet of Things’ platform.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): AirBridgeCargo Airlines-ABC Boeing 747-87UF VP-BBL (msn 63378) (pharma) AMS (Marco Finelli). Image: 945269.

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AirBridgeCargo to set up its European hub at Liege Airport

Liege Airport and AirBridgeCargo Airlines have signed an historic lease agreement for 10 years. This arrangement will bring the scale of cooperation between two companies to the next level of development, boosting air cargo volumes of ABC to/from the airport and placing Liege Airport among the top 5 cargo airports in Europe by 2020.

The agreement comes as a logical extension of Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed between Liege Airport and Volga-Dnepr Group earlier this year during the Farnborough International Airshow 2018 in July, and will contribute to the development of the regional economy in general, creating numerous amounts of jobs and favouring growth of air cargo sector, and the airport development in particular, heating up cargo infrastructure and freight flows to/from the airport.

Under new agreement AirBridgeCargo will lease warehouse premises for the total area of 25,000 sq. m. for effective and seamless cargo operations in the airport. The investment amounts to 25 million euros and includes 2,000 sq. m. of office space to guarantee smooth daily flight management.

AirBridgeCargo adds service to Ho Chi Minh City

AirBridgeCargo Airlines-ABC Boeing 747-83QF VQ-BFU (msn 60117) CUR (Ton Jochems). Image: 942901.

AirBridgeCargo Airlines is launching new freighter service to one of the busiest cities of Vietnam, thus increasing dedicated maindeck capacity to and from one of the major manufacturing hotspots in Asia and adding it to its international network of more than 30 destinations.

The flight will link customers from Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City with other destinations within ABC international network through cargo hub in Moscow on board one of its Boeing 747 freighters to guarantee 48-hour delivery time, including ground handling. Ho Chi Minh City will become the 12th Asian online destination thus strongly reinforcing ABC presence in Asia.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by ABC): AirBridgeCargo Airlines-ABC Boeing 747-83QF VQ-BFU (msn 60117) CUR (Ton Jochems). Image: 942901.

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