ABC’s performance soars in first half of 2015

Russia’s largest carrier in the international scheduled cargo market, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), has reported a successful first half of 2015 with a 17% increase in tonnage carried across its global network during the six-month period.  During June the airline's tonnage was up 16% year-on-year, surpassing the 11% growth rate for May.

The airline also transported over 218,000 tonnes during the first half of the year and achieved a 22% rise in freight ton-kilometres.  The load factor of 67% during the period was much higher than the industry average.

ABC operates flights to 27 destinations in 14 countries.  Its Moscow hub operations provide customers with greater transportation flexibility, offering over 600 weekly connections via Sheremetyevo Airport with delivery times below 48 hours, including ground handling.

The airline has also been intensifying its efforts to grow business in key markets with the addition of extra frequencies and transportation options for customers via the airline’s hub at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.

On its core trade lanes between Europe and China, ABC recorded a 26% growth in tonnage eastbound and a 6% improvement in westbound traffic in the six month period to maintain its strong position in both markets, despite weakening European imports.

It further expanded its presence on Europe-USA routes with additional Boeing 747 freighter services from Frankfurt to Chicago.  During the first six months of 2015, the airline carried over 6,200 tonnes of cargo westbound between its European and North American gateways.

As reported previously, expansion in the North American region and clear focus on making its presence in the U.S. stronger was realised with the launch of Los Angeles services and by adding more flights from ABC’s well-established online stations of Chicago and Dallas – enabling ABC to reach double-digit growth figures in the U.S. market as well. The airline transported over 20,280 tonnes of freight from North America in the first six months of the year.
Denis Ilin, the airline’s executive president, said: “AirBridgeCargo is progressively developing as a global air cargo carrier and continues to invest heavily in its fleet, human resources and route network development to support its clients' global supply chains.

“With the positive response from customers to our existing and new services, stable growth rates, healthy load factors and our client-oriented international team, ABC is very well placed to bring in additional capacity later this year in front of the high season.

“We expect a stable rather than fantastic peak cargo season and we look forward to our volumes continuing to gain momentum towards the end of the year.”