Aeroflot expands China capacity with latest MD-11F

For most air cargo carriers, taking delivery of another aircraft in this current environment means an extra capacity burden and all the headaches that go with it. But for Russian cargo carrier Aeroflot Cargo, the addition of its latest MD-11 converted freighter has not been so much of problem in terms of filling it, but […]


Aeroflot Cargo converted freighter increase frequency Lufthansa MD11F


For most air cargo carriers, taking delivery of another aircraft in this current environment means an extra capacity burden and all the headaches that go with it. But for Russian cargo carrier Aeroflot Cargo, the addition of its latest MD-11 converted freighter has not been so much of problem in terms of filling it, but rather the poor yields that are an unfortunate feature of the market now.

“We just increased our frequencies from Russia to China – Bejing and Hong Kong because we’ve got yet another aircraft delivered,” Aeroflot Cargo key accounts manager Kmitry Zaitchikov told Payload Asia in Munich.

“There are some positive signs we can see in the Chinese market. Out of Hong Kong, at least since beginning of this year, our flights are full but the bad news is that yields are still down. But we still have to operate at a cost, to keep our customers with us,” he adds reflecting a common sentiment in the market currently.

“With the new aircraft we will be able to increase frequency plus we started operating to Hong Kong, Mumbai, Dubai. We are also planning to check business opportunities in Pakistan. This is a new market for us and will check whether it is economically viable,” he said, noting it would be a continuation from the Mumbai, Dubai service.