AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) has become the
fifth freighter operator to provide scheduled service at
Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK).
The Russia-based company, which is one of the
fastest-growing international freight carriers, joins the thriving
network of premier logistics service providers at cargo-dedicated
Rickenbacker, which is known throughout the world for its rapid
speed, personal service and centralized location in North America.
ABC will employ its fleet of Boeing 747
freighters that provide up to 139 tons of capacity for all types
of imports and exports.
“With a view to continue expansion of our
footprint in the USA, Columbus has been on the radar of our
business interests for quite a while,” said Sergey Lazarev,
General Director for ABC. “Rickenbacker’s strengths, such as
proximity to distribution centers of various companies, including
the fashion and apparel industries; airport and ground handling
infrastructure and facilities; and the existing network of
partners in the Columbus Region, ensure we can provide our clients
with reliable and efficient service.”
ABC’s inaugural flight landed on 5 April, and
weekly scheduled flights will continue on Thursdays, carrying
freight inbound from the airline’s global hub in Moscow and
returning to Moscow through Liege, Belgium.
ABC joins Cargolux, Cathay Pacific Cargo,
Emirates SkyCargo and Etihad Cargo as premier freight carriers
that operate up to 15 weekly international flights at LCK.
Numerous freighter operators also provide regular,
on-demand charter services.
“We’re excited Rickenbacker’s advantages have
translated to success for our forward-thinking logistics partners,
which in turn drives the success of the Columbus Region,” said
Joseph Nardone, President & CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport
Authority, which operates Rickenbacker. “Rickenbacker has grown
phenomenally during the past five years, and the next five years
look even more promising.”