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AirBridgeCargo New B747ERF!  
User currently offlineKL1291 From Netherlands, joined Jul 2007, 86 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3429 times:

Good news for AirBridgeCargo, as it is confirmed today ABC will expand their fleet with a former Air France Cargo ERF. Formerly known as F-GIUB (MSN33096), this aircraft will enter AirBridgeCargo service already next week. Leasing period is confirmed for five years. New registration will be VQ-BFX.

Next to VQ-BFX, AirBridgeCargo will expand their ERF-fleet with a second former AFC ERF at the beginning of 2010 (Jan is possible).

Rumors that AirBridgeCargo will take over the former Load Air ERF’s at the beginning of 2010 (feb/mar) still not confirmed for now.

When expanding their fleet with ERF’s, AirBridgeCargo will take out VPBIC (-300SF) from their service. VPBII and VPBIJ (-200F) will be dropped (most probably stay under VolgaDnepr flag flying charters) also when the new ERF’s are confirmed.

KL1291

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User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10817 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3262 times:

Interesting. Seems logical Air Bridge is streamlining their fleet to 744ERFs only.
Why is AF already parting from some of their very capable and rather young 744ERFs?
Interesting also that they wont be VP- but VQ-registered with Air Bridge. Why is that?
As for the Load Air-built freighters, is the Thai deal off then?


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12181 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3231 times:

So is AF Cargo just going to become an all B-777F cargo fleet?

User currently offlineJensOBreuer From Germany, joined Jun 2006, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3186 times:

I think the cargo fleet of Air France, KLM and Martinair together is just to big. They have to phase out some planes to become efficient... perhaps we see some smaller cargo planes like the A332F in the fleet in future ...

User currently offline413X3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3113 times:



Quoting JensOBreuer (Reply 3):
perhaps we see some smaller cargo planes like the A332F in the fleet in future ...

The whole draw of a small cargo company is they can move anything. Using the nose cargo door on a 747F oversized items can fit inside. An A332F seems better for a package freighter company like DHL or UPS


User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10817 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2993 times:



Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 2):
So is AF Cargo just going to become an all B-777F cargo fleet?

No, their future fleet plan shows 3 744ERFs and just a few 777Fs.


User currently offline413X3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2886 times:

But only the 777F operated by them, and the rest Martinair?

User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10817 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2805 times:



Quoting 413X3 (Reply 6):
But only the 777F operated by them, and the rest Martinair?

All the AF/KLM 744Fs might be operated by Martinair soon, thats right. I dont know if that decision has already been made for 100% though. That leaves AF with a mere handful of 777Fs, the poor rest of an airline once being a major European air cargo company.


User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3958 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2704 times:



Quoting NA (Reply 1):
Interesting also that they wont be VP- but VQ-registered with Air Bridge. Why is that?

VP-Bxx block is out of regos. VQ-Bxx is the new Bermuda block now with the exception of a handful of gaps in the VP-Bxx still to fill.

VQ-Bxx has been in use for a couple of years now.

R


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