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Press article fom  10.10.2002

Aeroflot Cargo expands Frankfurt-Hahn to become a European Hub

Two DC-10 cargo aircraft already on station

Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, 10th October 2002. Aeroflot, Russia’s largest airline, is expanding its regional cargo representation at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport to become a European Hub. Two modern DC-10 cargo aircraft are currently stationed here. As Igor Desiatnichenko, the Deputy General Director of Aeroflot, announced on Thursday, the deployment of further aircraft is planned. At the same time, he introduced the new Regional Cargo Manager Europe, Alexander I. Piven, who is replacing the previous manager, Alexander Kiritchenko. After successfully building up the representation, Alexander Kiritchenko is returning to Moscow to take up new duties.

Aeroflot have been carrying out scheduled cargo services from Frankfurt-Hahn Airport for more than two years now. In March of this year, the airline set up a regional cargo representation for European countries here. Along with reservations for cargo and passenger flights, the new office offers distribution of imported freight to different European cities and the organisation of cargo charter flights primarily for the transportation of general, perishable and hazardous goods to the Far East, Middle East, Russia and the CIS.

On 1st April 2002, Aeroflot replaced the Ilyushin Il-76 by the modern DC-10, which can carry 64 tonnes on medium-haul flights and 49 tonnes on long-haul. Aeroflot used to schedule three flights a week: one flight from Hahn to Tokyo via Moscow and two flights from Hahn to Tokyo via Oslo and Novosibirsk. After delivery of the second DC-10 in August, Aeroflot implemented two flights a week to Beijing and two flights to Tokyo.

Aeroflot has transshipped more than 2,000 tonnes of export cargo in Frankfurt-Hahn within six months as well as 850 tonnes of import cargo from Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing. The cargo is processed in the ACL Advanced Cargo Logistic cargo terminal with its thoroughly up-to-date equipment and situated directly by the newly established cargo apron at the enterprising airport.

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