LONDON — Moscow-based carrier AirBridgeCargo (ABC) has today launched its inaugural services between Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore Changi.

The Boeing 747 freighter flight will help to guarantee delivery times of at least 48 hours from Moscow and connect Ho Chi Minh City with any of ABC’s 30 destinations globally.

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“On the back of economic growth of more than 7% and increasing export volumes, Vietnam seems like the right place to offer direct freight services to other regions, especially Europe and North America – something we can offer to the market with a diversified number of destinations and high level of service quality, including for special cargoes,” established Sergey Lazarev, General Director of AirBridgeCargo Airlines.

“We have been expanding our network following our customers’ needs and expectations, and segment-wise. We foresee support from companies specializing in electronics and garments shipments,” highlighted Lazarev.

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Nguyen Nam Tien – Vice Director of Tan Son Nhat International Airport (TIA) “strongly believes that our cooperation will strengthen the position of SGN airport, as local freight forwarders will get access to direct freighter services to Russia, the EU and North America.”

According to Nam Tien, “the ability and professional services of AirBridgeCargo Airlines, together with the solid experience of the TIA, will facilitate the market development of freight services in Vietnam and serve as a solid ground for the Asia market.”

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Out of those 30 destinations, Ho Chi Minh City becomes the 12th Asian destination in their route portfolio, offering increased connectivity across Asia.

Ho Chi Minh City service launch comes after the three years of success ABC has had in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.

With this new route, it means they can now interlock the two catchment areas together and provide more options for deliveries in the customer’s eyes.

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Additionally, with the use of their 747 Freighters, it will also provide further capacity options out of the whole of Vietnam, especially with the other service from outside of Hanoi. It can encourage more trades either on the import side or on the export side respectively.