AirBridgeCargo Airlines will hand over two Boeing 747-400 extended-range freighters to Air Cargo Germany, of which it holds a 49-percent stake. ACG is slated to acquire the jumbo freighters in October, barring certification from the German Aviation Authority Luftfahrt-Bundesamt. The 747-400ERFs will complement the four 747-400SFs currently in the German cargo carrier s fleet.
The 747-400ERFs, which can transport a maximum payload of 120 tonnes and fly 9,120 km nonstop, will be a game-changer for ACG, company CEO Michael Bock said. The aircraft enhance our reach and market options substantially, due to their improved range capabilities, compared to the B-400SFs, and their nose-loading door, he said in a statement. ACG will return two of its 747-400SFs to lessor Martinair next year, but will replace the aircraft with newer-model 747-400Fs or 747-400ERFs, Bock said.
Now that ACG has adequate capacity, the carrier is launching new routes. Next month, ACG will commence three-times-weekly service to Beijing Capital International Airport, a route complementing the carrier s current service to Shanghai. ACG also has plans to up frequencies to Mexico City and Chicago, with services growing from one to two weekly flights and two to three weekly flights, respectively.
South America is standing on our agenda, too, but will be materialized only in the near future, Bock added.
ACG is also completely taking over AirBridgeCargo s traffic between Europe and North America.
We ve signed an interline agreement with ABC for enabling easy transfers of shipments in Moscow and Frankfurt, Bock said in a statement.
Details Published on Monday, 17 September 2012 00:00 By A Web design Company HONG KONG Leading Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific said its cargo volume dropped nearly 7 percent last month, reflecting the August syndrome of weak cargo markets, but reported a 4 percent increase in passenger traffic. The increase in passenger numbers was offset by a 1.1 percentage point drop in the airline s passenger load factor that it attributed to typhoons that impacted business as well as weak demand to London as travelers avoided the Olympic crowd, Cathay Pacific said The world largest air cargo operator and one of Asia s top four airlines expects shipments to pick up this month on greater demand for the technology industry. We expect to see some increase in demand from mid-September onwards, driven by the shipment of hi-tech products from the key manufacturing centers in Mainland China, said James Woodrow, Cathay Pacific general manager, Cargo Sales Marketing.
Combining its results with sister carrier Dragonair, Cathay said the two airlines carried 122,351 tons of cargo and mail last month, a 6.9 percent drop compared with August 2011. The cargo and mail load factor fell to to 61.9 percent. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail ton kilometers, decreased 6.1 percent, while cargo and mail ton kilometers flown dropped 10.4 percent.
For the year to date, tonnage slipped 9.6 percent against a 5.5 percent reducton in capacity. Demand in the cargo markets is traditionally weak in August and this year was no exception, said Woodrow. He said tonnage declined from levels in the same month in 2011, when demand had already fallen significantly, and the load factor was down despite the capacity reduction.
Cathay Pacific and Dragonair carried a total of 2,610,150 passengers in August up 4.0 percent on the same month in 2011 while the passenger load factor dropped to 83.1 percent. Capacity for the month, measured in available seat kilometers (ASKs), rose 3.0 percent. For the year to date, passenger numbers have risen 6.7 percent compared with a capacity increase of 5.8 percent.
James Tong, Cathay Pacific general manager Revenue Management,said: While the overall load factor on the passenger side was above 80 percent, it dropped below last year s level in both months of the summer peak. Tong also blamed the impact of the typhoons in August and the dampened demand for travel to London. We also operated fewer extra sectors over the summer than in 2011.
Yield remained under pressure in all cabins, Tong said. A fortnight ago, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported slower growth in both air passenger and freight volumes in July, with passenger demand in aggregate increasing 3.4 percent over the month last year due to a slowdown in travel growth because of the recent fall in business confidence in many economies. July freight demand dropped 3.2 percent, down on the 0.1 percent year-on-year growth rate of June, following the overall weak trend in air freight as world trade growth was subdued.