AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) flew more than 700,000 tonnes in 2018 and saw volumes of special commodities increase by over 25 per cent with growth driven by special cargoes.
The carrier said alignment of internal processes, the introduction of digital solutions to enhance customer experience, partnerships with reliable companies, and the reinforcement of ABC’s global team helped to boost abc pharma volumes by more than 60 per cent year-on-year (YOY), while dangerous goods shipments using the airline’s abc DG product rose YOY by 40 per cent.
abc XL demand for oversize and heavy cargoes increased by over 20 per cent versus 2017, and e-commerce business delivered via the abc e-com product was up six per cent.
The company expects this growth trajectory to continue in terms of shipment volumes as it increases its focus on performance quality and customer satisfaction.
Overall, total volumes carried in 2018 went up by two per cent, exceeding 700,000 tonnes across ABC’s growing international route network.
The increase is attributed to the introduction of new freighter links notably Ho Chi Minh City, Shenzhen, Budapest, and Columbus, which complemented the airline’s existing routes and opened new market growth opportunitie. On top of this, effective fleet utilisation and team strengthening facilitated the company’s growth.
ABC general director, Sergey Lazarev (pictured above) said: “2019 will be an exceptional year for ABC – the year of our 15th anniversary – and we are delighted to achieve another company milestone supported by the consistent results of 2018.
“New challenges are ahead of us, but that’s what makes the air cargo industry an exciting place to be. We are all set and ready for new plans and accomplishments as we continue to follow our growth strategy.
ABC said one of the main areas for further progress this year will lie in the development of digital front-end solutions for the convenience of ABC customers worldwide.
The carrier said it is committed to creating a more user-friendly digital environment, starting with the implementation of equipment to improve the monitoring of a cargo’s condition – temperature logger, shocking sensors, Bluetooth transmitting devices – up to partnering with the world’s leading companies, such as Unilode and SITAONAIR, to guarantee 100 per cent traceability of shipments and continue the move towards an ‘Internet of Things’ platform.