The Asia Cargo Network (ACN) group, a Southeast Asian air cargo charter services provider, has partnered with Bahrain’s MENA Aerospace to facilitate its global expansion. Under the terms of the agreement, ACN will base six of its cargo planes in Bahrain and the GCC to serve the MENA region, as well as destinations served from MENA.
Operations will be conducted under the MENA Cargo brand, the freight cargo subsidiary of MAE. The deployment shall be over the next 18 months, with the first of its six aircraft due to arrive within the next two months, beginning operations immediately thereafter. ACN’s aircraft and MEA’s existing Boeing 737-300 converted freighter will comprise the operational fleet within the region.
The operations will be fully managed by ACN moving forward. It holds an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) in Bahrain which allows for the expansion of routes to the MENA region.
ACN has a regional and international presence in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and with this strategic alliance, the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. The company owns three regional airlines, Asia Cargo Airlines, World Cargo Airlines and RGA Airlines.
MENA Cargo was established in 2020 and was awarded an AOC by Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA) department in 2021. Bahrain-based MENA Cargo provides scheduled as well as charter air cargo services across underserved markets in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.