TUI, the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world, has awarded responsibility for its entire cargo activity to the ECS Group under a Total Cargo Management (TCM) contract.
By turning to a leading GSSA such as the ECS Group, TUI has marked a turning point in its cargo development strategy, the Paris-based ECS says.
TUI includes five airlines – Corsair International (France), TUI Airways (UK), TUI fly Belgium, TUI fly Deutschland, TUI fly Netherlands and TUI fly Nordic (Sweden) – owns 150 aircraft, serves over 300 destinations in 75 countries and operates an average of more than 3,300 flights a week. Its network and market power mean that it can expect significant cargo activity and rapid exponential growth.
With an extensive, integrated sales network – 90 per cent of the TUI network is covered by ECS sales offices – and its strong business partnerships, the ECS Group intends to maximise the potential of this one-of-a-kind company, it says.
This partnership paves the way for one of the largest sales networks in the industry. As well as a large number of destinations, the ECS Group aims to develop a high-quality interline offering beyond TUI’s main hubs. TUI operates three main hubs in Florida, the Caribbean/Dominican Republic and Mexico (Cancún) that serve as links between Europe, Central America and Latin America. The network also connects Asia and Africa, particularly North Africa, with a significant number of links in Morocco and Europe.
“TUI has enormous potential in terms of air freight, and we’re honoured to be able to represent them when it comes to cargo,” says Adrien Thominet, CEO of ECS Group. “Just like us, TUI has a truly worldwide presence. Together, we have a unique, exceptional and complementary network. It’s a winning combination. And we fully intend to use all our expertise to give TUI the role it deserves in the air freight industry – the role of a major and essential player.”
Through this contract, ECS Group intends to represent both TUI and the company’s entirely separate cargo identity. Via its Total Cargo Expertise (TCE) by ECS Group structure, a newly created department that is dedicated solely to managing TCM contracts, ECS Group will provide Interline solutions, fully dedicated business Intelligence tools, customised communications and management of all security, quality and safety aspects – all orchestrated by a newly formed team of experts.
Transporting its cargo using its 150-strong fleet, primarily B787-8/9s and B767-300ERs for long-haul flights, TUI offers a wide range of services and products, including TUI Pets, TUI Mail, TUI e-commerce, General Cargo, Perishables, AOG and HUM.
This new contract is a revolution in the world of air cargo says ECS, warning that with TUI’s cargo activities expanding thanks to its TCM management, “the air freight industry has a force to be reckoned with in TUI”.