Since its creation as a scheduled cargo operations project, AirBridgeCargo Airlines has become an important part of Volga-Dnepr Group's international business portfolio.
Today, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) is one of the world's fastest-growing global cargo airlines and its expanding route network connects customers in the largest trans-regional markets of South-East Asia, Europe and North America.
ABC's network in Europe covers all major markets including Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Basel, Switzerland; Frankfurt am Main, Leipzig and Munich in Germany; Malmo, Sweden; Milan, Italy; Paris, France; Helsinki, Finland; and Zaragoza, Spain. The airline's network in Russia serves Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Moscow and Yekaterinburg.
The airline's scheduled flights from Europe to Asia deliver to the largest gateways such as Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Zhengzhou in China, Seoul in South Korea and Tokyo in Japan. In the US, the airline performs scheduled services to Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles.
ABC's fleet of 14 Boeing 747 freighters is one of the youngest and most modern in the airline industry, and offers the capacity to carry up to 130t on a single flight. Equipped with the latest technology, the airline's Boeing 747s are able to maintain different temperature environments of 4-29°C in their four cargo compartments to ensure safe and reliable transportation of high-value and sensitive pharmaceutical products.
AirBridgeCargo complies with international transportation standards for the delivery of all cargoes, including shipments that require special handling and a temperature-controlled environment. Every temperature-sensitive shipment is managed by ABC's highly trained and skilled team, who understand the important role the airline has to play in protecting the integrity of pharmaceutical products throughout the supply chain.
ABC offers interactive services such as online booking and cargo tracking, enabling customers to monitor and control the transportation of their cargo via the airline's website or from their smart devices.
Today, ABC is a respected and award-winning international cargo airline offering its customers high-quality service levels and a range of competitive products, including chartering and trucking services, which provide fast and reliable deliveries across Europe, Asia, the US and Russia. ABC is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Cool Chain Association, the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) and Cargo 2000.
In 2014, ABC extended its support of customers in the pharmaceutical sector with the launch of dedicated all-cargo flights from Basel in Switzerland - one of the world's leading healthcare industry centres - to Moscow Sheremetyevo, providing direct access to its global network. The airline's high on-time performance and fast handling at its Moscow hub enables AirBridgeCargo customers to achieve shorter than 48-hour connections on original and destination (O&D) to major cities in Asia including Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo and Zhengzhou.
ABC understands that the healthcare industry relies on the speed and reliability of air cargo, and its ability to maintain the integrity of products through strict temperature-controlled services.
AirBridgeCargo was voted 'All-Cargo Airline of the Year' at the prestigious 32nd annual Cargo Airline of the Year Awards, voted for by air cargo customers around the world.
"We are proud to be recognised for our commitment to service excellence, and on behalf of everyone in ABC I would like to thank our customers for their outstanding support," said Denis Ilin, executive president of AirBridgeCargo Airlines. "We consider it a great honour to be ranked first alongside the world's top all-cargo airlines."
The airline has also won the 'Cargo Carrier of the Year on International and Domestic Routes' award in the annual Wings of Russia ceremony for four consecutive years.
In Asia, it was presented with the 'Best All-Cargo Carrier' prize in the 2014 Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards, and in Europe it received the 'Best Cargo Airline' trophy in 2014 in the Golden Chariot awards, presented in Berlin.