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 […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 13, 2019

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 […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 3, 2019

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 […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 2, 2019

Air France-KLM’s de Nooijer says perishables, e-commerce key to turnaround

Ever since Marcel de Nooijer was appointed executive vice president Air France-KLM Cargo at the end of 2016, he has focused on restoring the cargo division of the legacy carrier to its former glory after several years of less-than-stellar results. At the end of 2017, the carrier began to see some sustained improvement, with a […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 4, 2018

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 […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 10, 2016

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. […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 18, 2015

Center of Gravity: Are the big 3 gulf carriers the new hub of global freight logistics?

For many months after the price of oil began its rapid descent last June, shippers and forwarders were clamoring for cargo carriers to drop the added fuel surcharges in their freight rates. With oil selling below US$50 a barrel, it became much harder to justify the surcharge as a hedge against price fluctuations. On Dec. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 12, 2015