SEATTLE — Last Friday, AirBridgeCargo became the newest cargo operator into the Seattle (Sea-Tac). The new service will include two weekly flights to Moscow via Amsterdam and Frankfurt, respectively.

The airport welcomed the aircraft with the customary water canon salute to commemorate the new service. Executives from the Port of Seattle along with those from AirBridgeCargo and Boeing were on hand as the airport welcomed a brand new 747-8F (VP-BBL • MSN 63378 • LN 1536) on its delivery flight from Paine Field in Everett.

“Seeing an airplane made in Washington by skilled Washington workers fresh off the assembly line is always a thrill, and the Port of Seattle is proud to play a key role in the strong relationship AirBridgeCargo has with so many of our Pacific Northwest business partners,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton. “AirBridge will expand Sea-Tac’s global reach with new direct freighter service to Moscow and Amsterdam. This service will be a boost to our regional economy as these new export options are now easily accessible.”

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“We are excited to include Seattle in our network so we can provide our customers an even greater range of coverage options from the United States,” said Hendrik Falk, AirBridge vice president North and South America. “We expect our new Seattle service will be in high demand among customers active in a variety of industries including: aerospace, machinery, fish and seafood, food, to name just a few. We see how much Sea-Tac Airport has accomplished in support of cargo operators and infrastructure, no wonder that the airport is gaining a much more prominent profile for cargo operators, with AirBridgeCargo proud to be among them.”

2016, A Big Year for Seattle

AirBridgeCargo is the seventh new carrier to begin service into SeaTac in 2016. The airport has also welcomed Lufthansa Cargo Subsidy AeroLogic, ABX and DHL in the cargo side, and also have introduced Spirit, Volaris and Xiamen.

Earlier this year, Virgin Atlantic has also announced its plans to expand to SeaTac starting in March 2017.

In 2015, the Port of Seattle spent $23 million in facility upgrades at Sea-Tac, aimed to increase international trade-related business for cargo. The projects expanded two cargo areas to create enhanced capacity for larger freighter aircraft which allows Sea-Tac to accommodate additional cargo business.

AirBridgeCargo Provides a Life Support Line to the Boeing 747-8

Earlier this year AirBridgeCargo provided a life line to the Boeing 747-8 line when the carrier announced an order for 20 new Boeing 747-8F’s at the 2016 Farnbourough Airshow at a list price of $7.4 billion. AirBridgeCargo has an all-Boeing fleet with 18 freighter aircraft, 17 of which are 747s.

AirBridgeCargo is a freight arm of parent company Volga-Dnepr Group which is often contracted by Boeing to bring in parts for its 747-8’s and 787 on the carriers iconic Antonov AN124 that visits both Seattle and Paine Field often throughout the year.