Air France KLM Martinair (AF-KLM) Cargo is launching KICKCHARTER, a new collaborative platform for charter flights as the industry continues to struggle with capacity issues.
With global cargo capacity growing, but still scarce because of the Covid-19 airline shutdown, AF-KLM notes not all destinations are served in its scheduled network. “Gaps in the network are filled by operating charter services, but not all shipments justify a full-freighter solution,” it says.
The solution for the Franco-Dutch carrier was to develop a collaborative platform, where customers can jointly participate in charter solutions to destinations the carrier does not currently serve. Once sufficient cargo to such a destination is reached, the charter flight is mounted.
“This solution is unique in our industry and a new step in our digital transformation,” the carrier group says, adding that the in-house team developed this solution in a “relatively short space of time,” and in response to actual customer needs in these unprecedented times.
“KICKCHARTER reflects our ambition to keep extending our service range based on customer needs, offering next-level technology in combination with the expertise and insight of our teams, who help us make the difference worldwide,” says GertJan Roelands, senior vice president of Air France KLM Martinair Cargo.