Air France Cargo and KLM Cargo announce the integration of their commercial activities in the USA effective October 1, 2009.
This integration will result in ‘One face’ to US customers; integrated commercial teams under a joint management will provide customers direct access to a seamless worldwide connection via the two hubs ’ Charles de Gaulle, Paris and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. These activities will be coordinated with Delta Cargo within the Air France-KLM-Delta financial joint venture on North Atlantic routes.
Air France and KLM joined forces on May 5, 2004, resulting in ‘one group, two airlines, three businesses’ (Passenger, Cargo and Engineering & Maintenance). On October 1, 2005, Air France Cargo and KLM Cargo integrated their worldwide commercial activities creating ‘One face’ to the market. However, the USA market was an exception to this integration due to antitrust restrictions. Now these restrictions have been lifted, Air France-KLM is ready to integrate the Air France Cargo and KLM Cargo commercial activities in the USA.
Air France Cargo and KLM Cargo have been in the forefront of transporting and handling a variety of cargo types. Building on this experience, AF-KL Cargo offers a wide range of products and services, as well as an extensive network with more than 400 destinations, to meet customers’ specific transportation needs. AF-KL Cargo is in the forefront of many industry innovations, such as e-freight (paperless airfreight) and developing e-tools that give customers 24/7 access to our services. AF-KL Cargo is pleased to be able soon to offer these and many other benefits to US customers.
There will be no changes to the existing Air France Cargo and KLM Cargo commercial organizations in the USA prior to October 1, 2009. The market will be provided with further details of the integration over the coming weeks.