CargoLogic Germany receives air operator certificate
CARGOLOGIC Germany (CLG) that is based at Leipzig-Halle airport, is preparing to begin commercial operations after being awarded an air operator certificate (AOC) by Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA), Germany's civil aviation agency
08 October 2019 - 19:00
'We have complied with all known LBA and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations and have successfully been granted a German AOC; we do not anticipate any further challenges - legal or otherwise - to this decision by an independent regulator,' said CargoLogicManagement's group strategy manager Jorrit Dubois.
He added that there are no plans at this time for joint marketing involving AirBridge Cargo and CLG. 'They operate in a different space,' Mr Dubois was quoted as saying in a report by New York's FreightWaves. Cargologic Holding is an independently owned entity that sits outside of the Volga-Dnepr Group, which owns Russia's AirBridgeCargo Airlines.
CargoLogic will initially focus on providing short-term capacity to customers in Europe and later it aims to offer express air cargo solutions to major integrators and e-commerce providers. 'We plan to compete with all known operators of approximately 20-tonne capacity aircraft, such as operators of B737 and smaller aircraft, not limited to carriers at Leipzig-Halle,' Mr Dubois said.
CLG officials point to the carrier's home base in Leipzig-Halle as having a clear cargo focus, excellent infrastructure and the presence of several key customers. Furthermore, the airport benefits from efficient rail and road links for onwards transport. CLG officials maintain that the airport's central location provides the advantage of reaching major cargo hubs within three to four hours, guaranteeing same-day or time-definite delivery options.
The carrier currently operates a fleet of two Boeing 737-400 special freighters (SF) with a payload of 20 tonnes and a range of 2,800 kilometres. The company plans to expand its fleet to 10 B737 aircraft by 2022.
'We are expecting redelivery of a third B737-400SF aircraft that was initially meant to be delivered to us in the fourth quarter of 2019,' Mr Dubois said. 'All of our aircraft are on operating leases.'
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