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Boeing Delivers AirBridgeCargo's First 747-400F  
User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12091 posts, RR: 18
Posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4609 times:
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Boeing today delivered the first Boeing 747-400 Freighter to enter the fleet of AirBridgeCargo, a subsidiary of Volga-Dnepr Group, under lease from GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS).


The new airplane is the sixth 747 freighter in the AirBridge fleet, joining five 747-200/-300 Freighters. It is also the first of two 747-400 Freighters that AirBridgeCargo will lease from GE Commercial Aviation Services, and the carrier will take an additional 747-400F on lease in the second quarter of 2008. The Volga-Dnepr Group has also ordered five of Boeing's new 747-8 Freighters, the highly efficient and more capable next model in the 747 freighter family.

GECAS has another 747-400F delivery in early 2008; which also will be leased to AirBridgeCargo.

http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2007/q4/071116b_nr.html

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User currently offlineBAKJet From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4597 times:

I love Airbridge's livery.

[Edited 2007-11-16 19:06:38]

User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4583 times:

http://boeingmedia.com/imageDetail.cfm?id=15036&clr=release (click for a high res picture)

Absolutely stunning colourscheme. This is also a historic event, as the delivery of this brandnew 747F to RU also makes the first ever delivery of a brandnew 747 to Russia. UN and RU have previously only operated used 747s.


User currently offlineMattcawby From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 205 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4558 times:

VP-BIG just left Paine Field for Hong Kong, 0319z.


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User currently offlineEYKD From Russia, joined Dec 2006, 194 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4405 times:

Can't help myself to note what a remarkable reg # this bird has - BIG. Hail to ABC!

User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 30865 posts, RR: 86
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4141 times:
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Yeah I saw her last night getting ready. QR's 77W had just come back from a test flight and 5X's 744F was also doing some powered tests.

User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5925 posts, RR: 40
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4130 times:

very nice news... well when ABC started the operations some years ago I had my doubts about there success!
But hey welcome 744F !



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User currently offlineJFK787NYC From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4011 times:



Quoting Avianca (Reply 6):
User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 4173 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted Sat Nov 17 2007 11:13:05 your local time (1 hour 23 minutes 11 secs ago) and read 112 times:t

very nice news... well when ABC started the operations some years ago I had my doubts about there success!
But hey welcome 744F !

Why would you have doubt's about their success they have been around for years and know the cargo business very well. They are the largest heavy duty air cargo company in the world. Obviously Russia economy is doing great and their geographic position is unbelievable.


User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5925 posts, RR: 40
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3992 times:



Quoting JFK787NYC (Reply 7):
Why would you have doubt's about their success they have been around for years and know the cargo business very well. They are the largest heavy duty air cargo company in the world. Obviously Russia economy is doing great and their geographic position is unbelievable.

as you mentioned they were specialyst for heavy duty air cargo... quite different to normal scheduled operations...



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User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10677 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3849 times:

Nice to see an new livery on a 744F. According to the picture its a 744 ERF.

Please note that ABC has just sold/transferred the first 742F they operated (a former Alitalia jet). Its now with CargoB. So its no fleet expansion this time.


User currently offlineJFK787NYC From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2563 times:



Quoting Avianca (Reply 8):
Avianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 4211 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted Sat Nov 17 2007 12:52:42 your local time (1 day 17 hours 27 minutes ago) and read 1427 times:



Quoting JFK787NYC (Reply 7):
Why would you have doubt's about their success they have been around for years and know the cargo business very well. They are the largest heavy duty air cargo company in the world. Obviously Russia economy is doing great and their geographic position is unbelievable.

as you mentioned they were specialyst for heavy duty air cargo... quite different to normal scheduled operations...

No it isnt different atleast not in Russia. In Russia they are the company with the most connections to the government. Obviously they are doing something right, If they were not they would not be in business anymore.

In the West they are trusted because there name has been in the cargo business since the early 90s. They have many contracts with the government and with the UN. People feel secure with shipping cargo to Russia on ABC because of Volga Dnepr. They have even more respect now that they are flying brand new 747s.

In Russia they could charge a premium compared to other airlines even AeroFlot because everyone knows how big they are. They are big and they will be become as big as CargoLux the reason they changed their name to AirBridge Cargo for their scheduled cargo unit is because they are planning on expanding internationally and for people not to assume they are some cheap soviet company.

To the regular shipper to you honestly know that CargoLux is actually a company from Luxemburg. But, when a shipper would here Volga Dnepr they would assume they are some disgusting soviet cargo airline and they would be too scared of shipping with them.


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