KLM Cargo launched yesterday a new sorting system catering to e-commerce and pharmaceutical consignments that can handle more than 2,000 items per hour, bound for more than 70 destinations. The system was built in cooperation with Lödige Industries and Vanderlande with the sorter allowing for faster handling of all post, express and pharmaceutical consignments.
“E-commerce is a fast-growing branch in the cargo industry. This innovative system allows us to keep pace with the rapid increase in post and express consignments. The system is faster and smarter, allowing us to offer better service to our customers,” said Marcel de Nooijer, EVP KLM Cargo.
Air France and KLM are the world’s first airlines to make use of this kind of sorting system, with the carrier group having successfully used it in Paris since its launch in April 2015. KLM opted for a same kind of system, but had to make various innovative adjustments owing to a lack of space, the carrier said.
To make space for a new pier at Schiphol, one of KLM Cargo’s three warehouses had to be partly demolished. The main challenge in building the sorting system lay in accommodating existing cargo processes in 50 per cent of the floor space. This was achieved, in part, by scaling up vertically which enabled the storage space for containers to be doubled, ensuring there is space for growth.
In 2016, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo transported 1.1 million tonnes of cargo. In addition to the group’s global network of passenger aircraft, it also offers cargo main deck capacity on two B777 Freighters, four B747-400 Freighters and nine B747-400 Combi aircraft.
And in 2016, both hubs – Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) and Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) – obtained the CEIV certification, providing service excellence to the pharmaceutical industry.
For express cargo, Air France Cargo launched a brand new automated hub at CDG, combining proximity to the aircraft parking positions and a sorting capability of 6,000 parcels an hour. A brand new sorter is also due to open at AMS in the course of 2017.
In 2016, the SkyTeam Cargo member also opened a brand new warehouse at New York JFK airport with the capacity to handle all types of cargo, from general to verticals. In 2017, AFKLMP Cargo intends to strengthen and expand its digital footprint with a wide range of innovative solutions. Using myCargo, customers will benefit from an innovative online dashboard customised to their specific needs. This goes hand-in-hand with systems allowing online quotes and bookings, multilingual websites and other developments designed to ease the journey for our customers.