Russian cargo airline introduces scheduled service at the US airport
The Russia-based AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) joins the network of logistics service providers at cargo-dedicated Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK), located in Columbus, Ohio, which is known for its rapid speed and centralized location in North America.
ABC’s inaugural flight will land April 5, and weekly scheduled flights will continue carrying freight inbound from the airline’s Sheremetyevo hub in Moscow and returning to Moscow through Liege, Belgium and employing its Boeing 747 fleet.
“With a view to continue expansion of our footprint in the USA, Columbus has been on the radar of our business interests for quite a while,” said Sergey Lazarev, General Director for ABC. “Rickenbacker’s strengths, such as proximity to distribution centers of various companies, including the fashion and apparel industries; airport and ground handling infrastructure and facilities; and the existing network of partners in the Columbus Region, ensure we can provide our clients with reliable and efficient service.”
AirBridgeCargo will become the fifth international freighter operator to provide scheduled service at Rickenbacker. ABC joins its competitors – Cargolux, Cathay Pacific Cargo, Emirates SkyCargo and Etihad Cargo as freight carriers that operate up to 15 weekly international flights at LCK.
Rickenbacker International Airport is one of the world’s few cargo-dedicated airports and is located within a one-day drive to nearly half of the U.S. population and one-third of the Canadian population, says airport. LCK claims it specializes in expedited services that move cargo between planes and trucks faster and more consistently than other gateway airports. FedEx and UPS also are on site to provide domestic cargo service, which is critical to growing e-commerce activity.
AirBridgeCargo is one of the world’s fastest-growing cargo airlines, and its route network connects customers in trans-regional markets of Asia, Europe and North America, covering more than 30 cargo gateways. All flights are operated via ABC’s cargo hub at Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport, guaranteeing connection throughout the airline’s international network in a 48-hour delivery time. Currently, ABS’ fleet consists of 18 Boeing 747 freighters, including eleven latest generation Boeing 747-8Fs, four Boeing 747-400ERFs and three B747-400Fs. ABC is a part of Volga-Dnepr group.
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