Air Cargo Germany ties up with AirBridge Cargo to increase fleet
The Hahn-based carrier Air Cargo Germany (ACG) will up its four units comprising B747-400 freighter fleet by two additional Jumbos. Both aircraft are Extended Range Freighters (ERF) and equipped with a nose loading hatch, which comes from ACG’s stakeholde
The ACG expects both ERFs to join the fleet in October, depending on the certification by the German Aviation Authority Luftfahrt-Bundesamt. Commenting on the development Michael Bock, CEO, ACG said, „The aircraft enhance our reach and market options substantially due to their improved range capabilities compared to the B-400SFs and their nose loading door.‰ These enable ACG to offer clients nonstop flights between Germany and Mexico or to destinations in far east and simultaneously lift outsized, very heavy or voluminous shipments.
The B747-400ERF can carry a maximum payload of 120 tons and fly 9,120 km nonstop. That is a range advantage of almost 1,000 km to the B747-400SF (special freighter), when fully loaded, capable of transporting a maximum of 110 tons.
Next year, two out of the four B747-400SFs currently operated by ACG Air Cargo Germany will be returned to lessor Martinair. „We intend to replace these aging aircraft either by getting two younger B747-400Fs or the sister model B747-400ERF,‰ informed Bock.
Effective October, ACG will add Beijing to its network, offering three weekly roundtrips to the Chinese capital. The new route complements the Shanghai services which have been part of the airline's schedule for several years.
In fiscal 2011, ACG Air Cargo Germany turned over 230 million euros. The upcoming six freighters comprising business plan foresees sales of 430 million euros annually. The overall load factor in 2012 averages 80.4 percent, including both line-haul and charter traffic. A staff of 180 stands on ACG's payroll.