A traditional wet welcome for AirBridgeCargo in Basel

AirBridgeCargo Airlines Boeing 747-8F
AirBridgeCargo Airlines Boeing 747-8F (© M. Visser CC 2.0)

AirBridgeCargo Airlines’ first ever flight to Switzerland touched down in Basel on 19 September to a traditional ‘water canon salute’ that welcomes new airlines to airports around the world. The Boeing 747-8 freighter flight to EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg signaled the start of ABC’s new weekly service to and from Basel every Friday, offering customers in Switzerland onward connections to major cities in Asia, including Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Seoul, and Tokyo, via the airline’s Moscow hub.

Robert Van de Weg, Senior VP Marketing and Sales at AirBridgeCargo, said: “Basel is the home of some of the world’s leading life sciences organisations and we are confident that the product we offer will meet the growing demand for high quality cargo transportation services for pharmaceutical products in Switzerland. Across our international network we have earned a strong reputation for the reliability and on-time performance of our services. These factors, alongside the temperature-control capabilities of our B747F fleet and at our hub in Moscow, will give pharma customers confidence in our ability to protect the integrity of their products to international regulatory standards throughout the transportation process.”

AirBridgeCargo Airlines, part of Volga-Dnepr Group, is one of the world’s fastest-growing all-cargo airlines with its yearly tonnage compound growth rate of 39%. It connects the world’s largest cargo flows from Asia to Europe and the United States via Russia using a modern and efficient Boeing 747 all-cargo fleet of 12 aircraft, and maintains a high level of on-time performance averaging 78%. As an all-cargo carrier, ABC has the ability to temperature-control each of the Boeings 747’s four cargo compartments to between 4-29°C, ensuring a flexible, safe and reliable transportation environment for high value pharmaceuticals.

ABC is member of IATA, the Cool Chain Association, TAPA, and Cargo 2000. AirBridgeCargo is represented in Basel by its GSSA partner, RTW Air Services SA.

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