June 21, 2016: KLM Cargo, global airline with a strong European base, will be taking a new sorting system for handling express shipments and mail into operation at Schiphol in the year ahead. Lödige Industries will start constructing the system in August 2016 and it is expected to be operational by mid-2017.
Following the preparatory phase, KLM and Lödige recently signed a contract to this effect.
“KLM is investing in this innovative sorting system in order to further improve customer service. This will enable us to respond quickly to growth in the mail and express markets in particular,” says Marcel de Nooijer, executive vice president, KLM Cargo.
As a consequence of Schiphol building the new pier, one of KLM Cargo’s three cargo warehouses will be partially demolished. Lödige will provide the solution by integrating KLM Cargo’s existing processes for handing mail and express shipments into an automated solution in an innovative manner.
The challenge here will be to house this in an area half the size of the existing space. In order to achieve this, Lödige Industries and Vanderlande Industries formed an exclusive cooperative relationship so that the KLM Cargo team could join forces with them in an open and constructive manner.
“By actively sharing insights and ideas with KLM Cargo’s operational departments, an excellent solution emerged within a short space of time,” says Arthur van Brink, managing director, Lödige Benelux.
In order to create space for the construction of a sorting system in cargo building 1, express handling operations is housed elsewhere as of June 12 for the time being. Temporary premises have been constructed for this purpose in the front area of KLM Cargo in order to safeguard customer service.
In 2015, Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo carried 1.2 million tonnes of cargo. In addition to its global network of passenger aircraft, the group offers cargo main deck capacity on 2 B777 Freighters, 4 B747-400 Freighters, 2 MD-11 Freighters and 13 B747-400 Combis.
Air France and KLM are members of the SkyTeam alliance, which has 20 member airlines, offering customers access to a global network of over 16,320 daily flights to more than 1,000 destinations in 179 countries.