Aeroflot celebrates 15 years of European cargo operations

Published on : Saturday, June 17, 2017

aeroflotАeroflot marked 15 years of cargo operations in Europe with a gala celebration at its Regional Cargo Representation (RCR) in Germany for business partners and industry media.

Festivities at the historic town of Traben-Trarbach were led by Oleg Korolev, Director of Aeroflot’s Cargo Department. Senior representatives from Aeroflot’s European business partners including major freight-forwarding companies and leading cargo agents, as well as media, gathered to congratulate Russia’s flagship carrier on the milestone. The programme included a presentation on the RCR’s history and performance, a brief press conference and an informal cruise on the Mosel River.

Effective strategic planning, flexible tariff policies and strong management have established Aeroflot as a significant player on the European air cargo market despite periods of economic and political turbulence. Aeroflot plans to expand its presence in this key sector of global logistics further as the market continues to grow. The carrier’s freight traffic has grown faster than the global market average, driven in Europe by a revival of trade and increasing volumes of e-commerce. Aeroflot is also looking to develop multi-modal transport to meet demand from the European market.

Europe is the second largest cargo market globally. Aeroflot flights operate from almost all
European capitals, with Germany being the largest market in terms of cargo volumes, with eight airports of departure. Key markets for Aeroflot’s European cargo operations are Russia, China, India and South-East Asia. As with passenger transit traffic, Europe-Asia traffic is a strategic priority. IATA forecasts that cargo volumes between Europe, on the one hand, and China, India and South-East Asia, on the other, will grow by an annual 4.5% through 2020. Russian carriers account for 7% of cargo traffic between Asia and Europe in total.

European and Asian markets are offered the full range of freight-forwarding products by the SkyTeam Cargo alliance, from general cargo to expert logistical solutions for special freight (e.g., hazardous, valuable or perishable goods). Courier and express cargo services are in constant demand. Aeroflot has formed numerous partnerships with European freight-forwarding agents and companies. Key sectors in the Russian carrier’s cargo traffic include high-tech goods, industrial equipment and spare parts, textiles and clothing, medicines and high-quality consumer goods.

Aeroflot’s success as a cargo carrier has been driven by continuous innovation and use of high-tech solutions. In line with the extensive digitalisation of the airline’s passenger operations, a strategic focus on developing e-cargo is a key driver of Aeroflot’s freight business. As part of its innovative approach, Aeroflot is introducing the e-Freight standard, electronic customs 2 declarations, and online services for cargo booking, processing and tracking based on global platforms.

Aeroflot is a significant global cargo operator, characterised by strong performance and an
ambitious growth programme. As global logistics rebounded in 2016 Aeroflot Group companies carried 204.4 thousand tons of cargo and mail. Cargo and mail traffic accounts for approximately 5% of the Group’s total revenue, indicating high growth potential going forward. Cargo volumes – the key industry measure – grew by an impressive 24% in 2016.

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