AirBridgeCargo Airlines will hand over two Boeing 747-400 extended-range freighters to Air Cargo Germany, of which it holds a 49-percent stake. ACG is slated to acquire the jumbo freighters in October, barring certification from the German Aviation Authority Luftfahrt-Bundesamt. The 747-400ERFs will complement the four 747-400SFs currently in the German cargo carrier’s fleet.
The 747-400ERFs, which can transport a maximum payload of 120 tonnes and fly 9,120 km nonstop, will be a game-changer for ACG, company CEO Michael Bock said. “The aircraft enhance our reach and market options substantially, due to their improved range capabilities, compared to the B-400SFs, and their nose-loading door,” he said in a statement.
ACG will return two of its 747-400SFs to lessor Martinair next year, but will replace the aircraft with newer-model 747-400Fs or 747-400ERFs, Bock said.
Now that ACG has adequate capacity, the carrier is launching new routes. Next month, ACG will commence three-times-weekly service to Beijing Capital International Airport, a route complementing the carrier’s current service to Shanghai. ACG also has plans to up frequencies to Mexico City and Chicago, with services growing from one to two weekly flights and two to three weekly flights, respectively.
“South America is standing on our agenda, too, but will be materialized only in the near future,” Bock added.
ACG is also completely taking over AirBridgeCargo’s traffic between Europe and North America. “We’ve signed an interline agreement with ABC for enabling easy transfers of shipments in Moscow and Frankfurt,” Bock said in a statement.
Source: Air Cargo World
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