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Jet Airways and Air France KLM join forces to boost cargo cooperation

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 partnership.

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.

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