Mongolia Airways Cargo receives its first freighter

Mongolian start-up cargo carrier Mongolian Airways Cargo is preparing to launch and has received the country’s first ever Boeing 737-300 freighter.

Xinhua news agency reports that the aircraft landed in Genghis Khan International Airport on Saturday in Ulaanbaatar.

The carrier reportedly plans to use the freighter to connect the Mongolian capital to major hubs in East Asia, Russia and Europe as the country targets increasing its exports such as perishables.

Speaking to Xinhua, Mongolian Airways Cargo principal chief executive officer, Chuluunkhuu Togmid said air cargo plays a “significant role” in any country’s economic development.

Last year, and a report by Xinhua claims that 5,339 tonnes of cargo were transported by air from Mongolia, six per cent more than the year before.

Mongolia is building a new hub but its opening has beset by delays. New Ulaanbaatar International Airport was set to start operations in 2016, but the opening is not reportedly expected until at least August 2019, but it could drag on longer.

(Picture credit: ch-aviation and MCAA)