AirBridgeCargo Airlines
"Авиакомпания "ЭйрБриджКарго"
IATA ICAO Callsign
RU ABW AIRBRIDGECARGO
Founded2003; 21 years ago (2003)
Ceased operationsMarch 2022 (suspended)[1]
Hubs
Fleet size16
Destinations37[2]
Parent companyVolga-Dnepr Group
HeadquartersMoscow, Russia
Employeesmore than 1300
Websiteairbridgecargo.com

AirBridgeCargo Airlines, LLC (Russian: ООО Авиакомпания «ЭйрБриджКарго»), part of Volga-Dnepr Group, is the largest Russian cargo airline with its head office in Moscow. It operates scheduled cargo services on routes between Russia, Asia, Europe and North America, covering more than 30 destinations worldwide. All flights connect to their hub at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow and Krasnoyarsk. It was forced to suspend all operations in the wake of sanctions against Russia as of March 2022.[1]

History

The company entered the scheduled cargo market on 1 April 2004, when the first AirBridgeCargo branded Boeing 747 made its inaugural commercial flight on route from Beijing to Luxembourg.[citation needed]

As of March 2022, AirBridgeCargo was forced to suspend all operations due to sanctions against Russia which rendered the entire fleet unusable.[1] In July 2022, the airline announced it will comply with sanctions and prepare to return 14 leased aircraft - which make out the majority of its fleet - to its lessors.[3]

In March 2023, it became known that the company plans to resume flights using Il-96 aircraft. Volga-Dnepr has already begun searching for pilots with appropriate training.[4]

Destinations

Prior to the suspension of all services, ABC had been present in Asia, Europe and North America. It operates a scheduled freighter route network of 37 destinations as of November 2019 focused on Europe, Asia and the United States.[2]

Country City Airport Notes
Belgium Liège Liège Airport Suspended
China Beijing Beijing Capital International Airport
Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport Suspended
Shenzhen Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport Terminated
Zhengzhou Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport Suspended
Germany Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
Leipzig Leipzig/Halle Airport Suspended
Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok Hong Kong International Airport Suspended
Indonesia Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta International Airport
Italy Milan Milan Malpensa Airport Terminated
Japan Tokyo Narita International Airport Suspended
Kazakhstan Karaganda Sary-Arka Airport
Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Suspended
Norway Oslo Oslo Airport Terminated
Russia Ekaterinburg Koltsovo International Airport Terminated
Kazan Kazan International Airport Terminated
Krasnoyarsk Krasnoyarsk International Airport Hub
Moscow Moscow Domodedovo Airport
Sheremetyevo International Airport Hub
Singapore Singapore Changi Airport Terminated
South Korea Seoul Incheon International Airport Suspended
Spain Madrid Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport Terminated
Zaragoza Zaragoza Airport Suspended
United Arab Emirates Dubai Dubai International Airport Terminated
United Kingdom London Heathrow Airport Terminated
United States Anchorage Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Suspended
Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Terminated
Chicago O'Hare International Airport Suspended

Fleet

Current fleet

AirBridgeCargo Boeing 747-8F

As of December 2022, the AirBridgeCargo fleet consists of the following aircraft:[5]

AirBridgeCargo Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Notes
Boeing 747-400ERF 3
Boeing 747-8F 12
Boeing 777F 1 [6]
Ilyushin Il-96 2
Total 16 2

Former fleet

A now retired former AirBridgeCargo Boeing 747-200F

AirBridgeCargo formerly operated the following aircraft:[citation needed]

AirBridgeCargo Fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Boeing 737-400SF 1 2015 2017 Transferred to ATRAN
Boeing 747-200F 4 2004 2012
Boeing 747-200SF 1 2004 2008 Transferred to Southern Air
Boeing 747-300SF 1 2005 2012
Boeing 747-400F 3 2010 2020

Accidents and incidents

References

  1. ^ a b c aircargonews.net - VDG confirms suspension of AirBridgeCargo and Atran operations 21 March 2022
  2. ^ a b airbridgecargo.com - Our network retrieved 27 February 2021
  3. ^ aircargonews.net - AirBridgeCargo applies to return freighters to lessors 1 July 2022
  4. ^ "Крупнейшая грузовая компания России возобновит полеты после года простоя". rbc.ru (in Russian). 2023-03-28.
  5. ^ "AirBridgeCargo Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.net. Retrieved 17 December 2022.
  6. ^ Derrick, Emily (6 August 2020). "Volga-Dnepr Takes Delivery Of Its First 777F Despite Order Dispute". Simple Flying. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  7. ^ Simon Hradecky. "Incident: Air Bridge Cargo B748 at Shanghai on Sep 11th 2012, rejected takeoff".
  8. ^ Guy Norris (September 2, 2013). "Core Engine Icing Strikes Russian 747-8F". Aviation Week. Archived from the original on December 13, 2013. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  9. ^ Simon Hradecky (n.d.). "Incident: Air Bridhe Cargo B748 near Hong Kong on Jul 31st 2013, both left hand engines surged at same time, one right hand engine damaged too". Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  10. ^ Polina Borodina (n.d.). "Russia to investigate AirBridgeCargo 747-8F engine incident with Boeing, GE". Retrieved September 2, 2013.