AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC),
largest scheduled cargo airline and part of Volga-Dnepr Group, has started its
10th anniversary year with a record performance in the first six
months of 2014 as it transported 188,354 tons of cargo across its international
network, up 16% on the previous year. Russia
The growth reflects airline’s strong market positioning on the routes linking major cargo destinations in Asia, Europe and
North America as well as the success of the ABC’s own
business development activities.
Freight ton-kilometres in the 1 January-30 June, 2014 period, rose by 19%, exceeding the industry average growth of 4.4%.
AirBridgeCargo also continued to out-perform the market in terms of its average load factors in the first half of 2014, reporting a network-wide average of 72%. This compares to an industry average of 45% in the first 5 months of the year.
During the first 6 months of 2014, ABC continued to extend its international network and strengthen its position on existing markets. In the
it added a second new route to Dallas/Fort Worth and also increased frequencies
to . In
Europe, ABC launched flights to Chicago Leipzig, Munich, and Malmo, and
opened a direct service from Frankfurt to .
By adding new destinations and improving connectivity with its
hub, AirBridgeCargo now offers an extensive choice of routes for its
international customers as well as 384 connections with the delivery time below
48 hours on almost all of its origin-destination pairs. Moscow
ABC’s commitment to ongoing improvement of its service levels delivered further benefits for its customers in the first half of the year, with its “Delivered-As-Promised” index staying again above 80%.
The airline’s focus on developing its home market and attracting more import traffic into
resulted in a 13% YTD growth in tonnage on its routes to in the first six months of
2014. The highest growth was generated on routes from Asia and Russia North America with 29% and 23% growth respectively. The
total volume of imports carried by ABC into increased to 42,676 tons
during the half-year. Russia
Denis Ilin, Executive President of AirBridgeCargo Airlines, said: “The challenges which the global air cargo market continues to face have not held back ABC’s development. We have achieved our goals for the first half of the year and lay down ambitious plans for the second half of 2014, which will include launching of more new routes and increasing our frequencies on a number of existing routes, as well as growing our fleet. We will surely keep focus on our home market, not only by developing additional import business to Russia but also by launching domestic routes using the Boeing 737 freighter fleet of Atran Airlines, another part of Volga-Dnepr Group. We are on track for good 2014 and projecting our total tonnage for the year to exceed 400,000 tons of cargo.”