A starting point for selecting a digital air freight platform  

Online platforms are growing in numbers as well as in importance to shippers and logistics and transportation providers alike. As the focus on this technology grows, stakeholders are working to navigate available options to determine which platform best fits the needs of their supply chains.  For the small-to-medium sized shipper, these online platforms can help level the playing field in regards to competition and in terms of cost savings. However, […]

Slow trade lingers in European carrier traffic stats for July 

In July’s first look, European carriers reported mixed results, indicating that the impact of protectionist policies on global trade and major carriers’ traffic lingers. Both Lufthansa Group and Air France-KLM reported year-over-year declines in cargo traffic, while International Airlines Group’s July performance was flat, in comparison to 2018. Only Turkish Cargo reported significant volume growth for the month.  For the first […]

Air France-KLM reports ‘slowdown’ in Q1 cargo volume

Citing an economic slowdown, as well as “political uncertainties and trade disputes,” Air France-KLM said today that the resulting pressure on airfreight rates caused a 4% unit revenue drop in its first-quarter results. Due to the sluggish economy, airfreight tonnage was essentially flat, at 270,000 tonnes, for the three-month period ending March 31 “Several network […]

AF-KLM focuses on pharma, inks deal with SkyCell

Today, Air France–KLM–Martinair Cargo (AF–KLM) said it is expanding its relationship with the Zurich-based cold-chain container firm SkyCell to improve pharmaceuticals logistics and reduce temperature excursions.  The carrier is a prominent mover of temperature-sensitive cargo. In 2018, it saw significant growth in its container business segment (which encompasses shipments that utilize both active and passive […]

Air France-KLM moves to protect perishables with Kold Kart dolly

When on the ground in high-temperature locations, the ruination of perishable cargo or pharmaceuticals is a real issue. Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo’s most recent weapon in the war against temperature incursions is the “Kold Kart,” a new dolly system that maintains proper temperature while shipments await transfer to planes or trucks After testing the product, AF-KLM […]

Massive job cuts devastate Martinair

At a Schiphol Airport press conference on March 16, Air France-KLM announced major job cuts at its all-cargo subsidiary Martinair, which has been in financial trouble since Air France and KLM merged in 2004. Our sister publication, Cargo Facts, reported that 330 Martinair employees, including 110 of the carrier’s 140 pilots, would be let go. […]