AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) continued
its momentum with a 13 percent upsurge in total cargo carried in 2017,
delivering more than 700,000 tonnes throughout its international network and
demonstrating 10 percent growth rates in FTK, one percent up on the overall
market rate. ABC’s load factor rose 4 percent YOY to approximately 71 percent.
The carrier’s success is being
spearheaded by the effective realization of its fleet expansion strategy, the
development of solutions for special cargoes, and the introduction of new destinations
and the upgrading of existing ones as ABC continues to respond proactively to
the capacity and service requirements of its customers worldwide, stated the
airline in a press release.
“In 2017 we concentrated our efforts on
the development of special cargo transportation, fine-tuning our internal
procedures and processes, aligning our organisation structure and going on the
path of digitalisation, steps which boosted our volumes of special commodities,
with temperature pharma heading the list (+150 percent), followed by off-size
& heavy (+33 percent), and e-commerce (+26 percent),” highlighted Sergey
Lazarev, general director of AirBridgeCargo Airlines.
“We have also initiated a number of
projects aimed at ameliorating service quality – including the introduction of
our new Control Tower to monitor consignments of special cargoes and to
proactively respond to service disruptions if any, Envirotainer QEP
certification for ABC stations, cooperation with Sky Fresh for automated
notifications, and other industry-related initiatives with tech-savvy solutions
which helped to sharpen ABC’s performance. Our commitment to continuous
improvement and strong customer relationships will continue to serve as a
pillar for ABC’s development in 2018 and beyond,” added Lazarev.
The cargo operator is
hopeful of further enhancing its service quality in 2018, by mainly focusing on
digital solutions to make airfreight delivery as transparent and easy as