United and Lufthansa Cargo joint venture takes to the sky

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United Cargo and Lufthansa Cargo yesterday (3 May) launched their previously announced air cargo joint venture (JV).

The two carriers jointly manage sales and booking of standard and express shipments on routes between Europe and the US using their JV framework.

Starting with selected routings from the US, Italy, Great Britain, Ireland and Germany, the carriers will expand the geographical scope in the coming months and plan to include additional products and features in the future.

“The joint venture was designed to provide enhanced value to our customers,” said Lufthansa Cargo chairman and chief executive officer, Peter Gerber

“The combination of the two strong networks offers new routing options. The co-location of our warehouses, in Munich for example, is an additional benefit, with customers needing only one location for export drop-off and import delivery. Aligned processes and quicker transfers between separate warehouses also lead to streamlined transport times,” Gerber added.

United Cargo president, Jan Krems said cargo customers worldwide value speed, convenience and reliability.

He added: “Through our joint venture, United and Lufthansa Cargo offer transatlantic shippers more options that produce these benefits – including increased frequencies on a combined network accessible through either partner’s booking channels. Our aligned teams and processes also deliver the superior service quality essential to our customers’ success.”