Geodis has upgraded its AirDirect services between Europe, the US and Asia with its own leased A330-300 full freighter aircraft in its own livery, becoming one of a very select number of forwarders to operate planes in their own colours. Operating between Amsterdam, London, Chicago and Hong Kong, the aircraft will also serve the China – Europe route in the peak season. The first flight will take off in September.
Geodis chief executive Marie-Christine Lombard, commented: “With the continued strain on airfreight capacity, we wish to ensure a more sustainable supply of air cargo space for our clients and are therefore investing in this, our own, first dedicated freighter. Our aim is to constantly find dependable solutions to secure our clients’ supply chains.”
The freighter, which Geodis is leasing for several years, will be integrated into the AirDirect global schedule. Initially, it will fly three times per week between Amsterdam/London Stansted and Chicago and on weekly rotations between Amsterdam and Hong Kong
It will also provide the opportunity for dedicated full capacity flights for its customers when required.
Executive vice president freight forwarding, Martin Neuville, added: “Our AirDirect service has operated more than 650 air charter flights so far across Asia, Europe, North and Latin America in order to secure capacity for our customer shipments worldwide. The experience gained from these operations has led to the decision to charter our own Geodis freighter.”