Wednesday, July 10, 2013

► UNITED KINGDOM: AV Cargo Airlines to add second MD11F shortly; to expand African network further.

AV Cargo Airlines logoA second MD11F freighter, on lease from Boeing Capital Corp., is to be delivered to AV Cargo Airlines (Z3) within the next two weeks and will enter service in early September. AV Cargo, the UK-based scheduled air cargo and charter company plans to use its expanding fleet to further its route network which already extensively covers West Africa.

AV Cargo MD11F Z-BAM
AV Cargo MD11F Z-BAM (AV Cargo)
According to the airline, a third MD11F is due in November.
The board is delighted that the company has achieved its ambitious targets, thus enabling additional aircraft to join its fleet,” Simon Clarke, CEO for AV Cargo Airlines Ltd., said. 
AV Cargo now operates twice weekly to Bamako, Mali, three times to Lagos, Nigeria, and has added Monrovia, Liberia to complement services to Port Harcourt, Nigeria; Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo; Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Cargo industry publication, Loadstar, reports that AV's owners were "unprepared" for the financial position of Avient Aviation at the time of its take over.

AV Cargo, which, with new directors and a new strategy, has continued operating “without significant operational obstacles.”.
Customer demand is holding up with the limitation being mostly around bringing the new aircraft into service, which happened on 1st May 2013.