KLM to launch Madras cargo run
KLM Cargo, the Dutch airline's cargo division, will inaugurate a weekly air freight service between Amsterdam and Madras in southern India tomorrow.
The new service supplements the cargo capacity on KLM's seven Boeing 747 weekly round-trip services to Bombay, Calcutta and Delhi.
The new service will be operated with US freight carrier Atlas Air's Boeing 747F equipment, and will have a maximum capacity of 100 tonnes.
Madras is a major export centre, focusing on textiles and leatherware.
The port is an important trading hub for the whole of the southern Indian region.
Several major multinational corporations have developed substantial industrial facilities in the area, including Digital, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Motorola, Siemens, Yamaha and Texas Instruments.
The new KLM freighter service also will land at Dubai in the Persian Gulf on both legs of the round trip.
The service will be operated by the same equipment as KLM Cargo's scheduled freight service between Amsterdam and Rickenbacker Airport near Columbus, Ohio, in the United States.
The two services will connect, enabling US shippers to book cargo capacity for Dubai and Madras.
KLM Cargo is expanding capacity on routes serving the world's major air freight traffic flows.
Shippers are increasingly demanding suppliers partner them in providing a logistical service.