AF-KLM boldly embraces e-commerce with new express hub

The Air France KLM Martinair Cargo group has taken a bold step into the e-commerce express business with a new €22 million HubExpress facility at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG) as it seeks to adapt to what is clearly a fundamentally changed cargo environment.


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The AF-KL-MP group’s recent unveiling to air cargo journalists of its brand spanking new €22 million HubExpress facility at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG) in late May, clearly indicates the group still firmly believes in cargo, but just not the ‘old school’ version. While the carrier had insisted over a year ago in a press briefing in Amsterdam that it was redefining its cargo division to focus on higher yield products such as express and pharma, there has been little to show in the intervening period other than shedding maindeck capacity.

“This investment proves we attach a big importance to this activity and we strongly believe in the development of the express and postal business and this facility and that is why we have achieved a certain investment and dedicated so much energy to it,” said Air France Cargo EVP, Alain Malka. He adds that with AF-KLM’s extensive network with 450 daily flights through CDG alone, the new express offering “allows us to connect all over the world with multiple opportunities every day.”

The new express hub features an IT-driven, state-of-the-art sorting facility typical of the integrators’ setups, but virtually unheard of until now amongst the traditional mainline cargo carriers. The other page the carrier has torn from the integrators’ book, is airport-to-door delivery of express shipments anywhere in the world, which is offered on top of its airport-to-airport service.