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Russia-connected CargoLogic Germany gains air operator licence in Europe


Cargo carrier CargoLogic Germany (CLG) has received a European operating licence from the German Federal Ministry of Transport. The licence, which is subject to conditions, needs first to be confirmed before the airline can commence operations.
CLG will initially operate two Boeing 737 freighters and employ 35 people. It plans to expand its fleet to 10 aircraft and crew to 80 members over the coming few years, reported London's Air Cargo News.
The airline first applied to the German Federal Aviation Authority (LBA) for an operating license in November 2017.
Some people in the German air cargo industry had questioned whether the airline would be granted a licence since it is a partner airline of Russia's Volga-Dnepr Group (VDG), which also owns AirBridgeCargo.
Speaking at a press event earlier this year, Lufthansa Cargo chief Peter Gerber questioned who controlled the airline.
He said that in order to gain an air operator's certificate (AOC) in Europe, the airline needs to be European owned and also European controlled.
However, in September last year, Ulrich Ogiermann, who at the time was VDG's senior vice president and now heads up CLG, said that in order to obtain a European operating license, CLG will follow the business model of VDG's first partner airline: the UK-registered CargoLogicAir (CLA).
"As in the UK, the German carrier has to be a completely independent airline standing on its own feet, with its own business model and people," Mr Ogiermann said.
"There is nobody in London or in Moscow telling them what needs to be done. That is a very clear requirement of any airline in any country: a clear ownership structure and ownership rules."

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