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Russian airline starts Singapore freighters

RUSSIAN freighter operator AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has begun twice-weekly direct B747F services from Moscow to Singapore.

The new service operates on Thursdays and Sundays and offers onward connections to Hong Kong and the rest of ABC’s global route network.

Singapore is ABC’s ninth online station in Asia. The airline already has a diverse business portfolio in the region, connecting clients in China, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam with its cargo gateways in Europe, the USA and Russia.

Robert van de Weg, ABC’s senior vice-president of sales and marketing, says: “Singapore, via ABC’s Moscow hub, will be directly connected to gateways like Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Milan without trucking.

“Asia is a vitally important market for AirBridgeCargo and we look forward to further growth in this dynamic region.”

This new service marks a significant milestone for Changi Airport too.

James Fong, the airport’s assistant vice-president for cargo and logistics development notes: “It opens up new cargo opportunities between Singapore and Russia.

“Logistics players, who were previously limited by capacity constraints between Singapore and Russia, now have a direct option to transport large freight shipments as well as general cargoes between the two countries.

“The enhanced air connectivity will foster further trade between both countries which is already growing steadily,” he adds.

Between 2010 and 2014, air cargo volumes between Singapore and Russia grew by an average rate of 16 per cent annually.

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