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Air France-KLM strengthens cargo cooperation with Jet Airways

Will Waters | 2017-11-30 13:57:24.0 Carriers to develop ‘mutual synergies in routes, networks and warehousing’, and ‘co-create new, industry-leading products and services’ Air France KLM Cargo (AFKL Cargo) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jet Airways Cargo to shape and further strengthen their existing cargo cooperation.

They said the signing of the MoU was “especially significant”, as it complemented “the positive developments that have been evolving on the passenger side of the business via the ongoing codeshare agreements between the partner carriers”. Since the beginning of the codeshare agreements on the passenger side in 2014, the combined cargo handled by the partners “has more than tripled and continues to evolve”. Under the scope of the cargo MoU, which seeks to deepen the cooperation between the partners, both parties will “endeavour to link and leverage their respective route networks in order to enable them to create and offer expanded high-value cargo services, as well as new and innovative products tailored towards the needs of specific industries such as Pharmaceuticals, Express and E-commerce, aside from individual clients”.

The cargo MoU comes as Air France-KLM and Jet Airways also signed a wider l ‘Enhanced Cooperation Agreement’ for the development of their operations between Europe and India, strengthening the partnership built between the three airlines since 2014. This cooperation was expanded in 2016 with an extensive code-share agreement for connections between Europe and North America and Jet Airways’ hubs at Mumbai and Delhi in India via Air France-KLM’ hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol. Elaborating the strategic nature of the cargo MoU, Pradeep Kumar, senior vice president of Jet Airways Cargo, said: “We share the ambition to jointly explore and exploit the opportunities in the air cargo market via mutual synergies in the areas comprising our routes and networks, as well as warehousing, amongst others.

We also intend to work closely to co-create new and industry-leading products and services for our clients.” The MoU will enable the partners to offer a comprehensive set of higher-value services that are complementary including those on high-frequency routes as well as bringing in new and unique destinations into the servicing framework via their respective hubs and gateways, both in India (Mumbai and Delhi) and in France (Paris-Charles de Gaulle) and The Netherlands (Amsterdam Schiphol). Marcel de Nooijer, EVP of Air France KLM Cargo, said: “This agreement stipulates again the importance of strong partnerships in the air freight market.

With the dynamic developments in India, we are excited to offer new opportunities to our customers and strengthen our global network towards the Indian freight market. Together with the Jet Airways, we will work on new possibilities.” Jet Airways Cargo and Air France KLM Cargo said they would also “collaborate to optimise and expand volumes from emerging Indian markets such as Bengaluru and Chennai, where intercontinental connectivity by direct services has recently been enabled”.

With the aim of “eventually creating an integrated commercial and operational cargo cooperation model between India and Europe”, the partners said they “will work through several steps that will comprise synergising their respective cargo networks, bringing in efficiencies in warehousing, exchanging capacities and making blocked space arrangements”.

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