Aeroflot-Cargo Division
Аэрофлот-Карго
IATA ICAO Callsign
SU RCF AEROFLOT CARGO
Founded1995
Ceased operationsApril 5, 2010 (2010-04-05) (Merged with Aeroflot)
HubsSheremetyevo International Airport
AllianceSkyTeam Cargo
Fleet size3
Destinations11
Parent companyAeroflot
HeadquartersMoscow, Russia
Key peopleOleg Konstantinovich Korolev (General Director)
Websitewww.aeroflot.ru

CJSC "Aeroflot-Cargo" (Russian: Аэрофлот-Карго) was a fully owned subsidiary of Aeroflot, founded in 1995.[1][2] It was the second largest cargo airline in Russia, behind Volga-Dnepr subsidiary AirBridge Cargo.[3] In June 2009 the shareholders of Russia's flagship air carrier, Aeroflot, decided to declare the company's cargo subsidiary, Aeroflot Cargo, bankrupt.[4]

The cargo division of Aeroflot now operates as part of the airline's regular fleet instead of a subsidiary. On May 11, 2011 Aeroflot Russian Airlines completed preparations for joining the global airline alliance SkyTeam Cargo. They will be the 9th member of the alliance.

Operations

Until December 2009, Aeroflot-Cargo operated regular cargo-carrying flights from Europe to Asia and back via Russia. In addition to freight flights, Aeroflot-Cargo was responsible so-called 'belly cargo' carried in the holds of mainline Aeroflot aircraft.

In 2008, the company carried a total of 150304 tons of cargo and mail. For the first half of 2009, 53139 tons of cargo and mail were transported, 34406 tons of which on Aeroflot passenger aircraft, meanwhile the number of pure cargo aircraft dropped from six in 2008 to three in 2009, as a result of the financial crisis. According to 'the bulletin "Aviation Market" No. 14'2009', Aeroflot-Cargo was the leader of the Russian market for the transport of goods on domestic routes with a 35% share in the air cargo between Europe and Asia.

On April 5, 2010 the company was declared bankrupt and bankruptcy proceedings were introduced, aircraft returning to lessors and a general wind-down of operations.

Destinations

An Aeroflot-Cargo McDonnell Douglas MD-11F at Sheremetyevo International Airport. (2010)

Aeroflot-Cargo served the following destinations (at June 2009):[5]

Asia

Europe

Fleet

A former Aeroflot-Cargo MD-11 in 2006-2009 livery.
A former Aeroflot-Cargo MD-11 in 2006-2009 livery.

The Aeroflot-Cargo Division fleet consists of the following (at 24 May 2011):

Aeroflot-Cargo Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Notes
McDonnell Douglas MD-11F 3 0 Were part of former Aeroflot Cargo fleet.

References

  1. ^ Aeroflot-Cargo Aircraft Performed Today The First Flight Under Its Flag Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ (in Russian) Federal State Unitary Enterprise "State Air Traffic Management Corporation", Airline Reference, Vol. 1, Russian Federation, 1 June 2007, p. 127
  3. ^ "Аэрофлот-Карго" и "Волга-Днепр" померятся емкостями (in Russian). Kommersant. 6 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-04.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Aeroflot-Cargo destinations