CZ Cargo and AFKLMP Cargo intensify their cooperation

China Southern Airlines Cargo and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo signed a new MoU to further strengthen and shape their strategic cargo partnership

CZ Cargo and AFKLMP Cargo intensify their cooperation

China Southern Airlines Cargo (CZ Cargo) and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo) have agreed to ink a new MoU to further strengthen and shape its strategic cargo cooperation. Marcel de Nooijer, EVP, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo and Zhao Fengsheng, SVP, China Southern Cargo, signed up to this new MoU at a ceremony in Guangzhou on 11 October.

In September 2015 CZ Cargo and AFKLMP Cargo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) focused on strategic cooperation between the two parties. “We share the ambition to link our respective route networks, enabling us to offer expanded cargo services to our respective customers,” they announced at this time.

“Signing of this MoU leads to a new phase of cooperation between us, we anticipate concrete result coming out of this”, said Mr. Zhao Fengsheng, Senior Vice President of China Southern Cargo. Marcel de Nooijer, Executive Vice President of AFKLMP Cargo, added: “We continuously want to create more value to our customers, and in doing so we are very excited to deepen the cooperation with our strategic partner China Southern Cargo. This new phase is good news for our customers”.    

The ambition for the next four years is to jointly investigate and exploit the available opportunities in the air cargo market. To achieve this CZ Cargo and AFKLMP Cargo want to:  

• Expand its existing cooperation and build on our mutual experience to connect their cargo business in China, Europe and beyond markets. This will also enable both to use their membership of the SkyTeam Cargo Alliance to maximum advantage.  

• Connect CZ’s strong position in China and Asia Pacific region with AFKLMP’s strong position in Europe, Africa and the Trans-Atlantic area, possibly by sharing capacity and space agreements.  

• Combine CZ and AFKLMP Cargo networks (belly and main deck product) to offer high frequency services via the hubs at Guangzhou, Shanghai, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol.  

• Provide easy access to each other’s capacity within this combined network cooperation and explore each other’s ground service facilities at home base hubs, which might support quick interline transfers (one roof concept).  

• Increase Mail and Express business opportunities between China, Europe and the USA.  

Ultimately this could lead to an integrated commercial and operational cargo cooperation model (Joint Venture) between Europe and China.  

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo is the Air France KLM Group’s dedicated air cargo business. The three airlines offer the industry more than a thousand weekly frequencies to 127 destinations. In 2016, they transported 1.1 million tonnes of cargo. In addition to the Group’s global network of passenger aircraft, AFKLMP Cargo  offers cargo main deck capacity on two Boeing 777 Freighters, four Boeing 747-400 Freighters and nine Boeing 747-400 Combi aircraft.