Finnair Cargo network grows through strategic partnership with IAG Cargo
Finnair Cargo has signed an agreement to participate in IAG Cargo Partner Plus Program. The Partner Plus is an enhanced version of interline cooperation, which means that through this partnership both IAG Cargo and Finnair are able to deliver enhanced network connectivity to their customers, who will also benefit through confirmed bookings and a higher on-load priority.
“This closer cooperation with IAG Cargo will provide our customers better access to many markets beyond our own network. This is an innovative way to grow reach and one that we believe will prove mutually beneficial to IAG Cargo and ourselves," says Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair.
Finnair Cargo customers will gain access to markets in South and North America as well as Africa, as the introduction of the IAG network connections offers expanded route availability via London (LHR) and Madrid (MAD). For IAG Cargo the addition of Finnair to the programme will provide additional capacity across the globe, including to Finnair's strategic destinations in North East Asia.
“The benefit for customers is clear and with the addition of Finnair we are now able to deliver enhanced connectivity to key destinations through a partner that matches our values of customer service excellence and operational reliability,” says Steve Gunning, CEO of IAG Cargo.
In total, six carriers now form the Partner Plus programme including Qatar Airways, Japan Airlines, the Avianca group and American Airlines.
Finnair is the largest Nordic air cargo carrier, transporting 145,000 tonnes of freight and mail annually, with cargo logistics hubs in Helsinki and Brussels as well as an extensive sales team in over 40 countries. Specialized in air cargo traffic between Europe and Asia, Finnair Cargo serves 15 Asian and North American long-haul destinations out of Helsinki, and more than 50 destinations in Europe. With the new A350 aircraft Finnair's long-haul cargo capacity will double by 2020.
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IAG Cargo is the single business created following the merger of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo in April 2011. In 2013 the operations of British Airways World Cargo and Iberia Cargo had joint turnover of €1,073 million. They have a combined workforce of more than 2,400 people covering a global network of over 350 destinations.
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Finnair flies between Asia, Europe and North America with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki, carrying more than nine million passengers annually and connecting 15 cities in Asia with more than 60 destinations in Europe. The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, will be the European launch customer of the next-generation, eco-smart Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and is the first airline listed in the Leadership Index of the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project. The only Nordic carrier with a 4-star Skytrax ranking, Finnair has also won the World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe for the past five years running. Finnair is a member of oneworld, the alliance of the world's leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.