April 1 - AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) is extending its global network to Vietnam with the launch of twice-weekly freighter services from Hanoi, beginning today, April 1.

The flights will depart Hanoi every Wednesday and Saturday bound for ABC's hub at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport via Hong Kong. From Moscow the flight connects to ABC destinations in Europe and the USA.

ABC says that the Asian market has grown into a key market for the company, with this development continuing into 2015.

"AirBridgeCargo believes that entering the Vietnamese market is a logical next step in developing the strategically important Asian market," said ABC senior vice president, sales and marketing Robert van de Weg. "Vietnam's market development is another bright example of the region's strength and continued potential and we are excited to start serving our customers there."

ABC's Asia Pacific (APAC) vice president, Joanna Li, added: "Hanoi is our eighth online station in Asia and we aim to become a trustworthy partner that will benefit the Vietnamese airfreight industry for both exports and imports."