Air France-KLM, Kuehne + Nagel connect systems; to begin roll-out in Europe and South Asia Pacific
August 29, 2019: Kuehne Nagel and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo) have created the first direct system-to-system connection in the air freight industry.
August 29, 2019: Kuehne + Nagel and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo) have created the first direct system-to-system connection in the air freight industry. Both companies have agreed to further develop the solution and to start the roll-out in Europe and South Asia Pacific.
The successful conclusion of a proof of concept enabled the two companies a total host-to-host connection through application programming interface (API) allowing for a system-based, integrated and interactive match between available capacity and demand. The connection transforms manual quotation and capacity booking process into a digital automated solution, fostering collaborative relationships and next-generation supply chain practice.
"The successful conclusion of our proof of concept with Air France KLM Martinair Cargo is a further step forward in eTouch, Kuehne + Nagel's digital transformation process and initiative to offer a seamless digital customer journey. Thanks to the new interface, we increase speed, accuracy and efficiency – to the benefit of our airfreight customers all over the globe," said Yngve Ruud, member of the managing board of Kuehne + Nagel, responsible for airfreight.
Customers will benefit from a seamless experience with both companies' full digital offering, including ad-hoc quotations, capacity availability inquiries, dynamic pricing and real-time e-booking functionalities.
Marcel de Nooijer, EVP Air France-KLM Cargo and managing director of Martinair added, "At Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, we keep innovating to provide connected and tailored solutions to our business customers around the world. In this context, enriching Kuehne + Nagel's in-house systems with our digital services is another step towards the digitisation of our industry."