Air France-KLM, Delta and Virgin Atlantic launch transatlantic venture

Transatlantic cargo: Air France-KLM, Virgin, Delta

Air France-KLM, Delta and Virgin Atlantic have launched a transatlantic cargo joint venture promising their customers more connections, greater shipment routing flexibility, improved trucking options, aligned services and innovative digital solutions.

The new partnership, which represents 23 per cent of total transatlantic cargo capacity or more than 600,000 tonnes annually, will enable the airlines to offer the best-ever customer experience, and a combined network of up to 341 peak daily transatlantic services – a choice of 110 non-stop routes with onward connections to 238 cities in North America, 98 in continental Europe and 16 in the UK.

The airlines’ said cargo customers will be able to leverage an enhanced network built around the airlines’ hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York-JFK, Paris, Seattle and Salt Lake City. It creates convenient nonstop or one-stop connections to every corner of North America, Europe and the UK, giving customers the added confidence of delivery schedules being met by a wide choice of options.

The airlines will leverage their expertise in the transportation of specialised products, including end-to-end GDP and IATA CEIV quality compliance for pharmaceuticals, supported by dedicated teams and facilities across the globe. The JV will allow the airlines to provide customers with a diversified product range to best suit their individual requirements.

Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s managing director, Dominic Kennedy, said: “Our great partnership with Delta has already enriched the benefits we offer to our customers. With our expanded JV with Air France-KLM Cargo, we are even more excited about the benefits we will be bringing for our customers as we work with like-minded partners to deliver greater value across our outstanding trans-Atlantic network.”

Cargo customers will be able to book their shipments with knowledgeable local teams and by using new digital solutions designed to reduce duplication and drive efficiencies as a result of greater connectively between the airlines’ systems.

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