Air, Freight News

Three-way partnership claims a quarter of transatlantic market

[ February 5, 2020   //   ]

Air France-KLM Cargo, Delta Air Lines Cargo and Virgin Atlantic Cargo have launched an expanded trans-Atlantic Joint Venture. The carriers say that the new partnership represents 23% of total trans-Atlantic cargo capacity or more than 600,000 tonnes annually, with a choice of 110 routes, onward connections to 238 cities in North America, 98 in Continental Europe and 16 in the UK.

Virgin already has a partnership with Delta, the two carriers opening a new joint export facility at London Heathrow in October 2019.

The expanded JV enables greater co-operation between the through co-located facilities, joint trucking options as well as seamless bookings and connected service recovery. The airlines already co-locate at warehouses in key UK, US and European airports, and will review opportunities to co-locate further at more airports around the globe.

The four airlines will also bring their expertise to bear on the transportation of specialised products, including end-to-end GDP and IATA CEIV quality compliance for pharmaceuticals.

Customers will be able to book their shipments with local teams and new digital solutions.

Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s Managing Director, Dominic Kennedy said: “With our expanded JV with Air France-KLM Cargo, we are even more excited about the benefits we will be bringing for our customers as we work with like-minded partners to deliver greater value across our outstanding trans-Atlantic network.”