Russian businessman Alexey Isaikin’s associated cargo airlines AirBridgeCargo (ABC) and CargoLogicAir (CLA) have entered into a ground-breaking partnership with air cargo bookings platform cargo.one to become the first all-cargo airline grouping to make their capacities available for digital booking offering instant confirmations.
The agreement will help to increase short-term capacity sales and improve load factors, says a statement for both companies.
Through the partnership, ABC and CLA will, later this summer, be able to market their global capacities digitally to cargo.one’s growing customer base of hundreds of freight forwarding companies. Forwarders of all sizes will in turn be able to search for, compare and book reservations aboard ABC and CLA flights.
Robert Van de Weg, vice-president of sales and marketing for Volga-Dnepr Group comments: “Offering our capacities on cargo.one enables us to meet growing customer demands for digital solutions and to give forwarders of all sizes access to our large global freighter network.”
Being more capable to reach small- and medium-sized forwarders through cargo.one “will also help us increase our short-term capacity sales and thus our load factors, to grow even more sustainably,” adds David Kerr, chief executive of CLA.
The move to partner up with cargo.one is highly welcomed by freight forwarders. Hauke Langert, chief executive for airfreight at Skyline Express International insists: “Gaining faster and more efficient access to freighter capacities is a real game-changer. The cargo.one [arrangement] now allows us to have 24/7 access to CLA and ABC capacities and enables us to serve our customers and partners based on real time rates.”
This notion is echoed by Steffen Löbert, managing director at CS4 Logistics, who states: “We highly welcome the partnership and look forward to expanding our relationship with ABC and CLA because of the much easier access.“
ABC and CLA are spearheading innovation for all-cargo airlines by becoming more digital and thus customer-centric. “And, they are now able to access the untapped market of smaller and medium-sized forwarders that were previously not able to book with them,” adds Moritz Claussen, managing director and founder of cargo.one.
The offering of AirBridgeCargo and CargoLogicAir capacities is due to go live later this summer after the completion of the integration of the carriers’ in-house systems with cargo.one.
Berlin-headquartered cargo.one was launched in 2017. Curently some 200 forwarding companies search, compare and book air cargo capacity across 10 airlines at the platform. Earlier, cargo divisions of Lufthansa and Finnair airlines joined cargo.one.
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