In an unexpected move, Air Cargo Germany has interrupted operations as of Thursday afternoon.
Two of their freighters (presumably flights 6U 3141 and 6U 3232 both bound for the U.S.) were offloaded shortly before planned departure at Frankfurt - Rhein Main Airport.Sources familiar with the issue have speculated that the German Civil Aviation Authority, the LBA, may have revoked ACG's Operator Certificate.Although ACG's homepage speaks of "temporary interruptions," it is unclear if and when operations might be resumed.Reportedly, ACG is in dire financial troubles, not having declared any profit since beginning operations in 2008.In April 2012, Russian cargo group Volga-Dnepr (VI) completed the acquisition of Frankfurt Hahn-based Air Cargo Germany (6U) for a 49% stake. At FRA, ABC AirBridge Cargo, subsidiary of Volga Dnepr Group is the second largest operator after German flag carrier Lufthansa.There is also speculation that Lufthansa has questioned the cash influx from ABC to ACG because of ACG allegedly not meeting the requirements for European Community based ownership.The cooperation of ACG and ABC is a challenge to Lufthansa's most profitable North Atlantic business to the U.S. since ABC also has U.S. traffic rights from Germany.However, at presstime, there is no confirmation from the German LBA regarding the revocation of ACG’s operating certificate. Source: Flying Typers, Jens Photo: Timo Breidenstein
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