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AirBridgeCargo inaugurates twice weekly London-Moscow freighter flights


Russia's AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) is launching twice-weekly Boeing 747 freighter services connecting London-Heathrow with its Moscow hub, starting this month, reports the American Journal of Transportation.
Every Thursday and Saturday each flight offers 100 tonnes of cargo capacity. Last year, 29 per cent of the UK's non-EU exports by value went through Heathrow.
AirBridgeCargo's new services will be welcomed by British exporters, who face a shortage of space in long-haul aircraft, said the report, said Heathrow Cargo chief Nick Platts.
The squeeze is most pronounced on routes to Asia, a region where consumer spending is expected to reach US$32 trillion by 2030.
ABC's Heathrow service is its 14th European service destination and will leverage growing market demand for British goods with mainland Europe and south east Asia as well as helping customers around the world export products into the UK.
"The introduction of London Heathrow services is an important step for us and extends the number of delivery solutions we can offer our worldwide customers." said ABC parent Volga-Dnepr Group's, vice president, Robert van de Weg.
"Europe, together with China, has been our prime market since the very first day of our operations 12 years ago and it continues to support our strong growth performance.
In the first nine months of 2016, we have achieved a 22 per cent increase in tonnage ex Europe," Mr van de Weg said.
Having received UK Government backing for its expansion, Heathrow will be able to open up 40 destinations and almost double cargo capacity, said the report.
The airport is investing GBP180 million (US$225.3 million) to improve its cargo infrastructure and processes, to fund a pharmaceutical storage area and better infrastructure to reduce congestion cutting cargo transits to four hours.
Said Mr Platts: "New cargo partners like ABC, along with our plans for expansion at Heathrow, will allow us to increase our cargo capacity and keep the UK open to business around the world."
The launch of Heathrow operations follows AirBridgeCargo's network expansion in the US and Southeast Asia earlier this year, notably with new 747 freighter services to Houston and Seattle and Phnom Penh.

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