Demand for AirBridgeCargo Airlines’ “abc XL” product dedicated to oversized and heavy cargoes continued to grow strongly in the first quarter of the year, the company said, according to Air Cargo News.
The Volga-Dnepr Group subsidiary has now rolled out its first ‘abc XL’ aircraft livery on one of its iconic Boeing 747 freighters, to reflect its growing position in this specialist part of the air cargo market and to increase brand awareness, the company said.
Volumes on the abc XL product were up 3 percent year-on-year to more than 11,000 tons.
“For the first four months of 2019, the growth in ‘abc XL’ shipments also included a more than 10 percent increase in out-of-gauge cargoes being loaded through the swing-up nose cargo door of our 747 fleet, amounting to more than 2,000 tons. The Boeing 747 freighter’s capabilities and efficiency – including its nose cargo door loading feature – significantly ramps up the volume of different oversized and heavy shipments we can transport across our international network,” said Vasiliy Zhukov, Global director, Heavy & Outsized Cargo at AirBridgeCargo Airlines.
The airline registered the highest upsurge of oversize and heavy shipments on trade lanes from Europe to North America and vice versa, with around a two-fold increase ex-Europe and a growth of 45 percent from North America.