Last week saw senior managers from Volga-Dnepr Group, Fraport, Boeing, Fraport Cargo Services (FCS) and other logistics services providers gather at Germany’s Frankfurt-Main airport to watch the arrival of the second B747-8 freighter to join AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC).
ABC, the scheduled freight carrier within the Volga-Dnepr Group, paid tribute to the qualities of the freighter and its value to the airline.
Tatyana Arslanova, ABC executive president, stated her belief that it is the best aircraft in the world.
Wolfgang Meier, executive senior vice-president for sales at ABC, added that the freighter represents a "big quantum leap for us".
ABC now has two B747-8Fs, one more is expected later this year and two more are to be delivered during 2013.
"Its introduction is a huge next step for us," Meier said.
At a subsequent press conference, of particular note was confirmation that the Volga-Dnepr Group has acquired 49 percent of Frankfurt-Hahn-based freighter operator ACG - Air Cargo Germany.
Plans are being implemented to "synchronise" the schedules of the two carriers and to optimise the potential synergies, jointly noted Meier and ACG’s Michael Bock.
As well as its investment in ACG, ABC confirmed that it expects to continue the growth improvement seen last year, especially in its intra-Russian operations and in the addition of further Chinese destinations to its network.