|Parent company||Volga-Dnepr (100%)|
AirBridgeCargo Airlines, LLC (Russian: ООО «Авиакомпания «ЭйрБриджКарго») is the largest Russian cargo airline and part of Volga-Dnepr Group. It operates scheduled cargo services on routes between Russia, Asia, Europe and North America. All the flights are operated via Moscow hubs in Sheremetyevo International Airport, Domodedovo International Airport, and Vnukovo International Airport.
The company entered the scheduled cargo market in May 2004 when the first AirBridgeCargo branded Boeing 747 made its inaugural commercial flight. This milestone for the group was the realization of two years of preliminary work to build the airlines’s fleet, network, management and personnel under its Russian Scheduled Cargo Operation Development Strategy.
Today AirBridgeCargo performs regular flights between Europe and Asia on the Transsiberian route, with Boeing 747 aircraft. The fleet consists of 11 Boeing 747 aircraft (5 Boeing 747-400ERF, 3 Boeing 747-400F, and 3 new generation freighters Boeing 747-8F).
Taking advantage of Volga-Dnepr Group’s specialist air charter fleet and AirBridgeCargo’s all-Boeing fleet, AirBridgeCargo's customers can also request charter operations to any destination worldwide using in-fleet B747s as well as Russian-made Antonov 124 and Ilyushin 76 freighters, including the new IL-76TD-90VD freighter.
In addition to its own routes, AirBridgeCargo’s routes network is enhanced by interline agreements with other scheduled airlines, including Nippon Cargo Airlines, Air Canada, Emirates and Cargolux, and others).
The airline was several times recognized at the largest cargo carrier at Frankfurt airport (2009, 2010, 2011), and also was recognized by prizes as Schiphol Aviation Awards (2012).
In 2012 AirBridgeCargo was the first among Russian cargo airlines to start to operate crosspolar flights on the Hong Kong – Chicago route with stopover in Krasnoyarsk. Such routes allow savings on fuel and reduce flight time by 15% compared with flights routed via Sheremetyevo.
The schedule routes network covers three continents and includes 20 destinations to 11 countries. The airline performs schedule flights from cities in Asia such as Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Tokyo, Seoul, to the major European hub such as Frankfurt and Amsterdam, as well as from Amsterdam to Chicago (USA). At present AirBridgeCargo routes network in Europe includes Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Zaragoza, Milan, Paris, Ekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, and Novosibirsk.
As of January 2013, the AirBridgeCargo fleet consists of the following cargo aircraft with an average age of 4.3 years:
- "Contact." AirBridgeCargo Airlines. Retrieved on 6 December 2010. "17 Krylatskaya Str., Bldg 4, Moscow, Russia, 121614." Address in Russian: "Центральный офис Россия, г. Москва, ул. Крылатская, д. 17 корп. 4 121614."
- "Intel Offices - Russia." Intel. Retrieved on 25 February 2012. "Moscow ZAO Intel A/O; Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd., Krylatsky Hills Business Park, 17 Krylatskaya Str., Bldg 4, Moscow 121614, Russia"
- AirBridgeCargo fleet list at planespotters.net
- Boeing Customer Summary, Volga-Dnepr Airlines, March 24th 2011
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