Aeroflot Cargo joins the SkyTeam Cargo Alliance
The last formal global cargo alliance still standing, SkyTeam Cargo, has announced that Aeroflot Russian Airlines has completed preparations for joining the cargo alliance which follows some years behind its passenger division which joined the alliance in 2006. The formal announcement that the Moscow-based carrier with its hub in Sheremetyevo International Airport was made by […]
June 1, 2011
The last formal global cargo alliance still standing, SkyTeam Cargo, has announced that Aeroflot Russian Airlines has completed preparations for joining the cargo alliance which follows some years behind its passenger division which joined the alliance in 2006. The formal announcement that the Moscow-based carrier with its hub in Sheremetyevo International Airport was made by Oleg Korolev, Aeroflot’s cargo director, during a ceremony held at the Air Cargo Europe event in Munich. Aeroflot is the ninth airline to join the global air cargo alliance which kicked off in 2000 with four founding members – Aeromexico Cargo, Air France KLM Cargo, Delta Air Cargo and Korean Air – as well as members Alitalia Cargo, Czech Airlines Cargo and China Southern Cargo which joined in November last year. “Aeroflot has been an important member of SkyTeam’s passenger alliance for many years and we welcome its decision to join the cargo part of the alliance, extending the strategic growth and network cooperation opportunities SkyTeam offers to our customers,” said Neel Shah, SkyTeam Cargo executive board member and senior vice president and chief cargo officer for Delta Air Lines. The airlines’ cargo divisions partnered via the alliance to provide customers with access to a global route network, standardised operational processes and product offering, as well as ‘one roof’ warehouse handling services. The carriers have shared terminals with a common groundhandler at 35 airports which provides customer convenience of a single drop off/pick upon point, according to the alliance. The alliance also benefits from lower operating costs through joint purchases of services with other partners and the use of e-freight technologies. In 2010 the combined SkyTeam Cargo alliance transported over five million tonnes of international cargo. Aeroflot operates 302 daily departures to 102 destinations in 49 countries, 27 domestic points with a fleet of 101 aircraft comprised mainly of A320 family, A330 and B767 aircraft. Aeroflot has signed contacts to buy and lease 11 more A330, 12 B777, 22 B787, 22 A350 and 30 SSJ100 (a Russian made regional aircraft). The cargo fleet consists of three MD11 freighters operating between Moscow and Hahn in Europe and Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong in Asia. “Aeroflot’s prime position in the Russian market and central hub connecting Europe to the Middle East and Asia, will allow SkyTeam Cargo to benefit from growing world air cargo traffic demands,” said Korolev. Soon after joining SkyTeam Cargo, Aeroflot will launch four new cargo products – Dimension (general cargo), Variation (specialty cargo), Cohesion (Just-In-Time cargo) and Equation (express cargo) – and harmonise cargo carriage and handling practises with the SkyTeam Cargo standards which are mandatory for all other alliance members.