The cargo divisions of the Air
France-KLM and Jet Airways have joined forces
to further strengthen their existing cargo cooperation.
Part of the larger "enhanced
cooperation agreement", the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Mumbai, proposes to deepen the cooperation
between the partners, who will endeavour to link and leverage their respective
route networks. This will 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,
both in India (Mumbai and Delhi) and in France (Paris-Charles de Gaulle) and
The Netherlands (Amsterdam Schiphol).
“We share the ambition to jointly
explore and exploit the vast 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," said Pradeep
Kumar, Senior Vice President, Jet Airways Cargo, elaborating the details of the
With the aim of eventually creating an
integrated commercial and operational cargo cooperation model between India and
Europe, the partners 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.
Jet Airways Cargo and Air France KLM
Cargo will 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 dynamic developments in
India, we are excited to offer new opportunities to our customers and
strengthen our global network towards the Indian freight market," said
Marcel de Nooijer, EVP Air France KLM Cargo.
On the question of starting freighter
operations out of India, Pieter Elbers, CEO of KLM, said that he does not rule
out the possibility as India offers huge opportunities for freight transport.
"We will evaluate it as we go along and certainly it is a
possibility," Elbers told The STAT Trade Times on the
sidelines of the press conference in Mumbai.