EUROPE & CIS: Air Cargo Germany commences line haul flights

Air Cargo Germany (ACG) is set to begin its first line haul services to Shanghai and Hong Kong following approval from the Chinese authorities for traffic rights to both destinations, according to the carrier. The flights will begin in early October said senior managers of the airline. “In future we plan to utilise 70 per […]


Air Cargo Germany (ACG) is set to begin its first line haul services to Shanghai and Hong Kong following approval from the Chinese authorities for traffic rights to both destinations, according to the carrier. The flights will begin in early October said senior managers of the airline.

“In future we plan to utilise 70 per cent of our two jumbo freighters’ B747- 400SF capacity for line haul flights and 30 per cent for charter missions,” said managing director Thomas Homering. Charter and scheduled flights will be linked on the intercontinental west-east routes and the return flights back to Germany, he added.

“We might offer the markets a charter to Almaty in Kazakhstan, ferry to Hong Kong and return as line haul flight to our home base Frankfurt-Hahn airport,” Homering said. “By mixing both models we enhance the load factor and reduce our financial risk,” stressed VP Strategic Development Andrey Goryashko who headed Aeroflot Cargo before he joined ACG Air Cargo Germany last year.

In addition to their line haul announcement Homering and Goryashko presented a record of the carrier’s operational first two months. Both spoke of a “quite remarkable interim result” due to the increasing utilisation of the aircraft and the growing load factor.