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AFKLMP and China Cargo Airlines enter new block space agreement

Wang Jianmin, president of China Cargo Airlines, and Thierry Beragnes, senior vice president of alliances at Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, signed the agreement at Air Cargo China 2024 in Shanghai.
photo_camera Wang Jianmin, president of China Cargo Airlines, and Thierry Beragnes, senior vice president of alliances at Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, signed the agreement at Air Cargo China 2024 in Shanghai.

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP) and China Cargo Airlines have signed a new hard block space agreement, set to take effect on July 1.

The agreement will allow China Cargo Airlines to utilise Air France’s belly capacity for shipments from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to São Paulo Guarulhos Airport (GRU).

The two airlines state the partnership underscores their commitment to optimising cargo operations and providing seamless, reliable services to customers.

The new agreement builds on a decade-long collaboration between Air France KLM and the China Eastern Group, which began with an interline agreement and evolved into joint handling operations at Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG), where Air France KLM is handled by China Cargo Airlines. The success of these initiatives has laid a strong foundation for the new block space agreement.

Adriaan de Heijer, executive vice president of AFKLMP, said: “This new step signifies a deeper partnership and highlights our shared commitment to enhancing our range of services.

“By capitalising on our extensive networks, we can provide even greater benefits to our customers. I look forward to the synergies we can generate together.”

Wang Jianmin, president of China Cargo Airlines, said: “In the face of increasing challenges in the air cargo market, we are committed to building stronger and deeper partnerships.

“This step with Air France KLM Martinair Cargo is a significant move towards expanding our aviation network and enhancing our air logistics market.

“Together, we will provide safe and efficient services to global customers.”

Both companies claim this agreement is a significant development to better serve the global cargo market, leveraging their complementary networks to provide enhanced services and explore new opportunities in air cargo transportation.

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