AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) set a new quarterly tonnage record in the first quarter of 2016, carrying over 132,000 tonnes of cargo across its network, a 27 per cent year-on-year (YOY) rise while freight tonne kilometres rose by 23 per cent in Q1.
January 2016 saw ABC record a YOY cargo volumes of 43,000 tonnes, while in February tonnage rose 15 per cent over the same month in 2015 and March continued the strong start to 2016 with the 51,000 tonnes carried representing a 35 per cent upswing year-on-year.
ABC’s executive president, Denis Ilin says: “For ABC, such growth is a result of being in close touch with our customers to understand first their further market development moves in order to be there with a competitive main-deck solution when and where they expect it.
“We did a lot of work last year to stay inch-close to our clients and it’s great to see that the airline’s developments back in 2015 continue to pay off in terms of the results we have achieved in the first quarter of this year.
“Not just to survive in the current turbulent market conditions but to successfully grow instead, one needs to react quickly to the changing needs of the market, promptly adjusting one’s network in line with customers’ requirements.
“Retaining this flexibility will be crucial for ABC in 2016 as, together with the company’s global expansion, it will be an additional instrument to respond to market volatility, which presents both risks and opportunities.
“This year we will ‘shape up’ the services we started last year and plan on more investments in special services, including facilities and dedicated internal resources for customers moving pharmaceuticals and outsize cargoes. All of these developments are being driven by our long-term focus on speed, agility and smart decision-making.”