E-booking platform cargo.one and Air Canada Cargo have signed a letter of intent for the carrier to offer its capacities on cargo.one’s air cargo booking platform.
The two have kicked off their integration phase and subject to the conclusion of a definitive agreement – anticipated by 30 April – Europe to North America flights are expected to go live in the second quarter of 2021.
The airline will become the first North American airline on the cargo.one e-booking platform.
“We are delighted to double down on our global expansion strategy and look forward to welcoming Air Canada Cargo on board as a first mover in the North American region,” Moritz Claussen, co-founder and managing director of cargo.one. “Air Canada Cargo’s constant drive for innovation and technology to offer customers the best possible service is very much in line with cargo.one’s values and strategy.
“Given the current capacity constraints out of Europe to North America, cargo.one’s growing user base will now have additional real-time access to much sought-after space at the click of a button,” Claussen says.
Jason Berry, vice president Cargo at Air Canada, comments: “An association with cargo.one will enable us to deliver on our customer promise of providing easy and reliable booking access to our growing capacities and help us to further develop our digital distribution capabilities.
“A concluded definitive agreement will support Air Canada Cargo’s rapid cargo network expansion, increase its day-to-day efficiency, while at the same time offering customers an outstanding service quality and seamless online access to attractive connections to and from Europe, Latin America the US and Asia-Pacific.”
Cargo.one raised more than USD 60 million in two funding rounds last year to support its rapid expansion, with one key focus on establishing a North American presence. It recently appointed Chad Tibor as vice president and general manager airlines for the Americas, to shape its supplier growth strategy on the American continents.
“We look forward to supporting Air Canada Cargo’s growth as it adds more cargo flights and takes delivery of the first two of its freighters later this year,” says Tibor. “We see the Americas as key markets for cargo.one and will continue to invest in long-term and mutually beneficial partnerships with carriers here, with Air Canada as a blueprint.”
Cargo.one has partnered with global airlines including Lufthansa, Finnair, AirBridgeCargo, Etihad, and All Nippon Airways, while serving a fast-growing number of about 2,000 freight forwarding companies, including players such as Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, Agility Logistics, DACHSER, and Flexport.