Cargo charter bookings at Victor have soared, with growth of 150 per cent since it launched a dedicated global service at the start of the year.
The new business expands the charter marketplace’s ‘high tech, high touch’ suite of B2C and B2B private charter services, allowing it to serve a range of general and business aviation customers and operate as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for aircraft charters.
Victor is seeing particularly strong e-commerce growth with a number of requests coming from China involving transporting everything from services to graphics cards to ensure customers’ international infrastructure is as robust and efficient as possible.
Upstream oil and gas projects have proven another area of growth with heavy parts and outsized equipment across Europe and the Middle East proving strong.
Victor cargo sales and business development director, Gustavo Mundel says: “Our investment in technology, price transparency and a wide range of value-added services has undoubtedly driven our early success.
“That, and our focus on a high-level of co-operation with forwarders rather than heading directly to end customers. As such, we are able to work even more flexibly, and offer the highest quality, most fully comprehensive air freighting service.”
The team has facilitated several big automotive flights in 2018, with one booking involving multiple sectors between France, Romania and the Czech Republic, and three turbo-prop aircraft consisting of two Saab 340As and one Antonov AN-12, requiring the team to source quickly, provide a full door-to-door solution including a major trucking operation, handle permit complexities, and work closely with the freight forwarder.
The Saab 340A is the most popular cargo aircraft, following by the Boeing 777 Freighter.
The most popular cargo lanes for automotive cargo and e-commerce freight are Central Europe to Western Europe, and Asia to Europe.
Since launching in February, the African cities of Luanda in Angola and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania are among the top five freight destinations, whilst Karachi in Pakistan and Ahmedabad in India are its busiest departure points.