Air Cargo Germany targets Latin America
Air Cargo Germany (ACG) recently secured traffic rights to the U.S., but CEO Michael Bock said the carrier will instead focus on expanding its routings to Latin America. Services to Sao Paulo, Brazil; Quito, Ecuador; and Bogota, Colombia, are being targeted to start this fall.
“We applied for U.S. traffic rights some time ago as part of our long-term growth strategy, and we have New York and Chicago as our primary target destinations,” Bock told Air Cargo World . “But currently, we do not envisage a U.S. service start-up before 2013 and only then if there is a market demand.” The carrier is also considering adding services to Seoul, South Korea, in 2013.
The carrier currently operates four B747-400SF aircraft that fly to Hong Kong, China, the United Arab Emirates, Kazakhstan and India. It had been rumored that ACG was planning to add a fifth aircraft this year, with a sixth to join the fleet in 2012. Branching out to Latin America, however, will not require ACG to add aircraft, Bock said.
"But when we start adding further destinations," he said, "we will need to look for extra capacity.”