Two freighters have now been added to the AirBridge Cargo Airlines fleet, thanks to Boeing.
Boeing delivered two 747-8 Freighters to AirBridgeCargo on Nov. 18, marking the first delivery as part of a memorandum of understanding signed between Boeing and AirBridge Cargo Airlines’ parent company the Volga-Dnepr Group in June 2015. This arrangement will provide more 747-8 Freighters for the cargo carrying service, as well as adding the Antonoc-124-100 aircraft to the long-term logistics support for Boeing and its affiliates.
The freighters will join AirBridge Cargo’s network in time for winter 2015/2016, and will make deliveries between Asia and the United States. According to Boeing, the 747-8 Freighter offers the lowest operating costs and best economics out of all available large freighter airplanes, and offers 16 percent more revenue cargo volume than the 747-400. It is also built with enhanced environmental performance in mind.
“For Volga-Dnepr Group, adding more new generation 747-8 Freighters will allow to secure further development of the Group’s scheduled business, AirBridgeCargo Airlines, and keep the airline’s high growth rates,” said Denis Ilin, executive president for AirBridgeCargo Airlines. “This is a celebration of successful partnership with Boeing, which will enable the airline to continue providing its customers with the exceptional air cargo services they are used to.”
The AirBridge Cargo fleet currently consists of eight 787-8s, five 747-400 Extended Range Freighters, and two 747-400 Freighters.
“We appreciate ABC’s confidence in our products and look forward to our successful cooperation in the future. We are honored to see that one of the two new 747-8 Freighters delivered, is the 100th 747-8 for Boeing,” said Marty Bentrott, VP of Middle East, Russia and central Asia sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Our enduring partnership with Volga-Dnepr has shown the value that this iconic airplane brings to the air-cargo industry.”
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