AirBridgeCargo Airlines has seen demand for its ‘abc XL’ product for oversized and heavy cargoes continue to grow in the first four months of 2019, with volumes up 3% year-on-year to more than 11,000 tonnes.

To reflect its growing position in this specialist part of the air cargo market, and to increase brand awareness, AirBridgeCargo has now rolled out its first ‘abc XL’ aircraft livery on one of its iconic Boeing 747 freighters.

“For the first four months of 2019, the growth in ‘abc XL’ shipments also included a more than 10% increase in out-of-gauge cargoes being loaded through the swing-up nose cargo door of our 747 fleet, amounting to more than 2,000 tonnes,” said Vasiliy Zhukov, Global Director, Heavy & Outsized Cargo at AirBridgeCargo Airlines.

The airline registered the highest upsurge of oversize and heavy shipments on trade lanes from Europe to North America and vice versa, with around a two-fold increase ex-Europe and a growth of 45% from North America.