The German offshoot of Russian-affiliated business CargoLogic Germany GmbH (CLG) has been granted an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) by the German civil aviation authority (LBA) five months later than originally envisioned by the specialist airfreight carrier.
It means that CLG is now able to commence commercial airfreight operations from Leipzig/Halle airport, the airline has revealed in a statement.
CLG is the Russian-owned Volga-Dnepr Group’s (VDG) new start-up affiliate which is following the business model of its first overseas partner airline, the UK-registered wide-body aircraft operator CargoLogicAir, and in time will focus on express and e-commerce shipments in central and western Europe, utilising smaller, narrow-body aircraft.
The carrier will initially focus on providing short-term cargo capacity to customers, and the airline – associated with businessman Alexey Isaikin – took delivery of its first converted Boeing 737-400SF freighter in January and currently has a fleet of two of the aircraft types which are “well-suited to the European express air cargo market,” it believes.
CLG has plans to increase its fleet to 10 B737 freighters by 2022, it says.
CargoLogic Germany’s home base in Saxony, at Leipzig/Halle Airport, has a clear cargo focus, offers the relevant infrastructure and boasts the presence of several key cargo customers. The airport also benefits from efficient rail and road links for onward transport.
The Volga-Dnepr Group has had a presence at Leipzig/Halle Airport since 2013, when it opened its own maintenance hangar there.
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