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

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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.

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