AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has launched a new freighter service to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, increasing dedicated maindeck capacity to and from one of the rapidly developing manufacturing hotspots in Asia.
The B747 freighter service will link customers from Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City with other destinations in ABC’s international network through its cargo hub in Moscow to guarantee what the carrier says are 48-hour delivery times, including ground handling.
Ho Chi Minh City becomes ABC’s 12th online destination in Asia, strongly reinforcing the airline’s presence in the region. The service also helps fill what many freight forwarders have complained is a shortage of maindeck capacity into the country.
“On the back of economic growth of more than 7.0 per cent and increasing export volumes, Vietnam seems like the right place to offer direct freight services to other regions, especially Europe and North America – something we can offer to the market with a diversified number of destinations and high level of service quality, including for special cargoes,” said Sergey Lazarev, general director of AirBridgeCargo Airlines.
“We have been expanding our network following our customers’ needs and expectations, and segment-wise. We foresee support from companies specialising in electronics and garments shipments,” Lazarev added.
Nguyen Nam Tien, vice director of Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN), said: “We greatly welcome AirBridgeCargo Airlines at our airport and to the Ho Chi Minh City market. We strongly believe that our cooperation will strengthen the position of SGN airport, as local freight forwarders will get access to direct freighter services to Russia, the EU and North America.
“The ability and professional services of AirBridgeCargo Airlines, together with the solid experience of the TIA, will facilitate market development of freight services in Vietnam and serve as a solid ground for the Asia market.
“We are very pleased to have been given the opportunity to cooperate with AirBridgeCargo Airlines in this important stage of their development and look forward to creating a long-term successful partnership together,” he said.
ABC said the introduction of Ho Chi Minh City will strengthen its presence in Vietnam, powered by more than three years of successful operations to/from Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh City, coupled with Hanoi, will facilitate a total coverage of the Vietnamese catchment area, thus providing more options for deliveries for customers, the carrier said.