THE UNITED KINGDOM’S NEWEST ALLCARGO AIRLINE
CargoLogicAir operates the Boeing 747-400 Freighter aircraft
Chief Executive Officer, CargoLogicAir CargoLogicAir (CLA) is a new British all-cargo airline based at London Stansted Airport. The airline commenced operations in January 2016, after being awarded its Air Operator Certificate by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. According to Dmitry Grishin, CLA’s Chief Executive Officer, the aim is to become a leader in the European outsize air cargo market by earning a reputation for quality, reliability, safety and customer service. “We may be a new airline, but we have brought together a highly experienced team of air cargo professionals with many years’ experience in the transportation and logistics industries and we see strong growth potential,” explains Grishin. When asked why CLA chose to set up their company in the United Kingdom, Grishin responds with these encouraging words, “The UK is the second largest air cargo market in Europe, with a robust economy and a high level of demand from the manufacturing and logistics sectors.” A particular sector of the market of which CLA is hoping to capture a major share is aerospace. CLA’s research suggests
that the UK is currently showing very strong growth, supporting new aircraft programmes being delivered by both Airbus and Boeing. “We have identified significant potential to become a part of those supply chains and, in doing so, help the aerospace industry deliver more aircraft more cost-effectively and on schedule. We obviously plan to grow a successful business, but we are also motivated by putting the UK back on the map for all-cargo services,” says Grishin. CLA operates a Boeing 747-400 Freighter and will shortly take delivery of a new Boeing 747-8F – the new generation of this iconic cargo aircraft. “This aircraft gives us the capacity to carry up to 135 tonnes of cargo on a single flight,” says Grishin. “These new Boeing freighters are highly efficient and more environmentally friendly than other cargo aircraft on the market. They demonstrate our commitment to providing the highest level of performance for our customers,” During its first five years of operations CLA plans to grow its B747 fleet to five freighters as they develop their charter and scheduled cargo operations.
According to Grishin, CLA chose the Boeing 747 as its flagship because of the aircraft’s all-round capability and proven reputation in the air cargo market. “There are very few cargoes we cannot carry on board the B747. Another big advantage is its nose loading door, which enables us to insert very long and heavy shipments, such as pipes for the oil and gas industry.” CLA is planning to widen its customer base beyond commercial markets to the defence sector and hopes to be able to attract military customers – particularly those involved in humanitarian aid. “One of the strong selling points of our company is that we can offer a fast response and a massive 100mt capacity to react to naturaldisaster situations and deliver much-needed aid to disaster-stricken areas,” says Grishin. “We are open for business and more than capable of providing transportation solutions for military and international organisations. A large number of the CargoLogicAir team already have considerable knowledge and expertise of working with these customers, so we understand their specific requirements and are ready to be of service.”