Ilin, who took up his new post on Aug. 1, is responsible for increasing ABC’s quality, competitiveness and operational effectiveness, and for centralizing the global business management. He spent the last five years as head of aviation for Basic Element. Before that, he held several senior-level positions in Volga Dnepr Group, the parent company of ABC, including serving as operations manager of Volga Dnepr U.K.; general director of ABC; and senior vice president of strategy, marketing and sales.
Sagara, who has 40 years of experience in the cargo industry, succeeds Katsuhiko Sagami, former vice president and area director of Japan and South Korea, who will continue to work as mentor and coach for the region until the end of the year.
Sagara joined Japan Airlines following his graduation from Kagoshima University and progressed from cargo traffic manager to senior vice president of exports. In 2010, Sagara joined TAS Express, a Toyota affiliate, as executive strategist; following the purchase of the company by Mitsui-Soko Express in 2012, Sagara became deputy general manager of the latter.
Separately, ABC announced that it has transported 16 metric tons of satellite equipment on one of its Boeing 747-400 freighters from Toulouse, France, to Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
In the first half of 2013, the Russian cargo airline carried more than 1,000 metric tons of aerospace equipment, including other space equipment, aircraft components, helicopter spares and engines.