AirBridgeCargo 747 charter demand grows 47%

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AirBridgeCargo (ABC) Airlines saw Boeing 747 Freighter charter demand grow 47 per cent in 2016, in addition to continued growth of scheduled operations.

Its latest flights were on behalf of DHL Global Forwarding for Evatec, a producer of thin film coating solutions used in wireless communications, advanced packaging, MEMS, optoelectronics, high precision optics and power devices.

ABC delivered a series of seven-tonne off-size wooden boxes containing machine tools from Europe to Asia with the first flight from Amsterdam to Hong Kong via its Moscow Sheremetyevo hub.

This was followed two weeks later by a second delivery originating in Zurich flown on a Frankfurt – Moscow – Hong Kong route.

ABC transported 80 tonnes of machinery for the mass production of thin film coatings to support Evatec’s growing business in China.

ABC general director, Sergey Lazarev says: “We were chosen for these specific flights due to our reputation for on-time performance as well as our proven expertise in managing safe deliveries of high value production equipment. The loading process was monitored by representatives from Evatec to ensure the integrity of their cargo.”

“This is also a strong reflection of the growing demand we are seeing for Boeing 747F charter services, which we are able to meet due to the continued expansion of our 747 fleet.”

ABC’s fleet of 16 747s includes four 747-400ERFs, three 747-400Fs and nine 747-8Fs.