KLM Cargo on Tuesday named TNT Express as the sole supplier of its European airborne feeder services, paving the way for closer cooperation between the two companies on international routes. TNT Express, a unit of TPG, the Amsterdam-based global mail, express and logistics group, will start joint operations with KLM Cargo on October 29 offering freighter capacity on routes to Helsinki, Dublin, Oporto and Madrid.
A high frequency truck service will move cargo between TNT's European hub at Liege airport, Belgium, and KLM's hub at Amsterdam Schiphol airport. KLM Cargo will cease operation of its leased freighter on European routes.TNT Express said the deal will allow it to extend collection cut-off times and provide shorter door-to-door delivery times in many parts of Europe.
The companies said they plan to offer joint, integrated distribution services using their combined network and capabilities. TNT Express is increasingly making use of KLM Cargo's intercontinental network.
- Bruce Barnard