Jan de Rijk Logistics and China Cargo Airlines have successfully managed to transport air cargo shipments by train instead of over the road. The dedicated Jan de Rijk train between Venlo, the Netherlands and Milan, Italy allows a fast transit time of 36 hours between Schiphol airport and Malpensa airport, including pick-up and delivery.
Sebastiaan Scholte, CEO of Jan de Rijk Logistics was quoted as saying, “China Cargo Airlines is currently the only airline making use of Jan de Rijk’s Intermodal solution. It is a cost effective and environmental friendlier service, as the CO2 emission by the train is significant lower compared to general trucking. The on time performance provided by the train service is more reliable due to less congestion, weather influences as well as fixed slot times on the train tracks. We pick up the cargo at Schiphol airport in the evening of day 1 and in the early morning of day 3 the cargo is delivered at Malpensa airport. This is basically not that much different from a regular road feeding service. We hope that more airlines will follow this example.”