AirBridgeCargo – Another 747 cargo plane in Japan


In a recent post, I discussed how Nippon Cargo Airlines 747s were the only Japanese 747s you can see now. But they are not the only 747s in Japan. While the number of passenger airlines that have 747s has declined (as discussed in my posts about ANA, British Airways, China Airlines, JAL and KLM), and I can imagine when there will be none, the 747 is likely to exist as a cargo plane for some years to come. Other than NCA, another which I have regularly seen in Japan is AirBridge Cargo (ABC).

According to the information on Wikipedia, AirBridgeCargo Airlines is the largest Russian cargo airline. It operates scheduled cargo services on routes between Russia, Asia, Europe and North America, covering more than 30 destinations worldwide. All flights connect to their hub at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow and Krasnoyarsk. As of 2020, it had 18 planes – 4 747-400ERFs, 13 747-8Fs, and 1 777F.

Thanks to the fairly regular schedules that planes keep, I have seen ABC planes landing or taking off many times when I have been photographing planes at Narita Airport waiting to take my own flight back to the UK (although, as I have been using Haneda more in recent years, the photographs here are from 2013 and 2014).

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