AirBridgeCargo

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AirBridgeCargo Airlines
"Авиакомпания "ЭйрБриджКарго"
AirBridgeCargo logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
RU ABW AIRBRIDGECARGO
Founded2003
Hubs
Fleet size18
Destinations37[1]
Parent companyVolga-Dnepr Group
HeadquartersMoscow, Russia
Employeesmore than 1300
Websiteairbridgecargo.com

AirBridgeCargo Airlines, LLC (Russian: ООО Авиакомпания «ЭйрБриджКарго»), part of Volga-Dnepr Group, is the largest Russian cargo airline. It operates scheduled cargo services on routes between Russia, Asia, Europe and North America, covering more than 30 destinations worldwide. All flights connect to their hub at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow and Krasnoyarsk.

History[edit]

A now retired former AirBridgeCargo Boeing 747-200F

The company entered the scheduled cargo market in April 1, 2004 when the first AirBridgeCargo branded Boeing 747 made its inaugural commercial flight on route from Beijing to Luxembourg. This milestone for Volga-Dnepr Group was the realization of two years of preliminary work to build the airline's fleet, network, management and personnel. During two years of follow-up ABC continued its development with expansion of network in Asia and Europe and enlargement of its Boeing 747 freighter fleet. In November 2006 AirBridgeCargo received its own air operator's certificate, thus becoming an independent scheduled cargo airline within Volga-Dnepr Group. The carrier was the first Russian company to deploy Boeing 747-400F and Boeing 747-8F into its fleet in 2007 and 2012 respectively and to start transpolar flights on the Hong Kong – Chicago route.

The Company is IATA member, IOSA certified and obtains a number of certifications for operations of special cargoes delivery, among them being IATA CEIV, QEP certification. It is also a member of industry-related associations, such as CargoiQ, Cool Chain association and others. Throughout its development, ABC has achieved strong growth, reporting a compound average tonnage increase of 15% in the last five years.

Corporate affairs[edit]

ABC is present in Asia, Europe and North America, with the head office in Moscow - Building 3, 28B, Mezhdunarodnoe road, Business center “Skypoint”, Moscow, Russia 141411[citation needed]

Destinations[edit]

AirBridgeCargo operates a scheduled freighter route network of 37 destinations as of November 2019 focused on Europe, Asia and the United States.[1]

Country City Airport Notes
Belgium Liège Liège Airport
China Beijing Beijing Capital International Airport
China Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport
China Shenzhen Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport
China Zhengzhou Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport
Germany Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
Germany Leipzig Leipzig/Halle Airport
Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok Hong Kong International Airport
Italy Milan Milan Malpensa Airport
Japan Tokyo Narita International Airport
Kazakhstan Karaganda Sary-Arka Airport
Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Norway Oslo Oslo Airport
Russia Ekaterinburg Koltsovo International Airport
Russia Kazan Kazan International Airport
Russia Krasnoyarsk Krasnoyarsk International Airport Hub
Russia Moscow Moscow Domodedovo Airport
Russia Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport Hub
Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
South Korea Seoul Incheon International Airport
Spain Madrid Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
Spain Zaragoza Zaragoza Airport
United Kingdom London Heathrow Airport
United States Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
United States Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

AirBridgeCargo Boeing 747-8F

As of August 2020, the AirBridgeCargo fleet consists of the following aircraft:[2]

AirBridgeCargo Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Notes
Boeing 747-400ERF 4
Boeing 747-8F 13
Boeing 777F 1 3 [3]
Total 18 3

Former fleet[edit]

AirBridgeCargo formerly operated the following aircraft:

AirBridgeCargo Fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Boeing 737-400SF 1 2015 2017 Transferred to ATRAN
Boeing 747-200F 4 2004 2012
Boeing 747-200SF 1 2004 2008 Transferred to Southern Air
Boeing 747-300SF 1 2005 2012
Boeing 747-400F 3 2010 2020

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On September 11, 2012, an AirBridgeCargo Boeing 747-8F experienced a major engine malfunction that spread a significant amount of metallic debris on the runway. Like in a similar event during pre-flight taxi tests, the low pressure turbine shaft separated and moved the low pressure turbine (by design to avoid turbine overspeed) backwards braking on surrounding hardware.[4][vague][importance?]
  • On July 31, 2013, an AirBridgeCargo Boeing 747-8F experienced core engine icing that caused engine malfunctions and damage to three engines near Chengdu, China, while en route to Hong Kong; the aircraft landed safely at its destination. Boeing and General Electric are working on software changes to mitigate the effects of core engine icing.[5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b airbridgecargo.com - Our network retrieved 27 February 2021
  2. ^ "AirBridgeCargo Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.net. Retrieved 2020-08-07.
  3. ^ Derrick, Emily (6 August 2020). "Volga-Dnepr Takes Delivery Of Its First 777F Despite Order Dispute". Simple Flying. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  4. ^ Simon Hradecky. "Incident: Air Bridge Cargo B748 at Shanghai on Sep 11th 2012, rejected takeoff".
  5. ^ Guy Norris (September 2, 2013). "Core Engine Icing Strikes Russian 747-8F". Aviation Week. Archived from the original on December 13, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  6. ^ Simon Hradecky (n.d.). "Incident: Air Bridhe Cargo B748 near Hong Kong on Jul 31st 2013, both left hand engines surged at same time, one right hand engine damaged too". Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  7. ^ Polina Borodina (n.d.). "Russia to investigate AirBridgeCargo 747-8F engine incident with Boeing, GE". Retrieved September 2, 2013.

External links[edit]

Media related to AirBridgeCargo Airlines at Wikimedia Commons