Saudia Cargo expands partnership with cargo.one
Saudia Cargo to add capacity from all existing and future markets to cargo.one to offer full coverage of network
Saudia Cargo and cargo.one announced an expansion of their partnership to bring more of the airline's capacity on board the leading marketplace for digital air cargo bookings.
"The growth builds upon a 1.5 year collaboration in which cargo.one delivered Saudia Cargo's first external digital sales channel and greatly enhanced both its market reach and quality of service to freight forwarders. cargo.one and Saudia teams will double down on initiatives to derive maximum value from the airline's digital distribution.," says a release from cargo.one.
Freight forwarders using cargo.one have booked thousands of shipments across Saudia's global network on its dedicated freighter and passenger fleets, the release added. Over 50 percent of bookings were to destinations outside Saudi Arabia, supporting the airline to grow in new markets and customer segments.
"Saudia Cargo will continue to add new capacity to cargo.one from additional countries to new products and destinations. The airline's teams will continue working with cargo.one to develop and apply digital best practices to enhance customer experiences and maximise operational efficiencies."
Teddy Zebitz, Chief Executive Officer, Saudia Cargo, says: "cargo.one has been a valuable partner in helping Saudia Cargo to advance and accelerate in a manner that focuses on customer needs. We expect the majority of customers to be booking digitally in only a few years time, and cargo.one to continue delivering a valuable proportion of our online sales. It makes every sense to work with the biggest marketplace partner, building upon existing successes, remaining dynamic to evolving market needs and generating new revenues wherever possible."
Simson Demmer, Vice President, Partnerships, cargo.one adds: "As Saudi Arabia grows its global air cargo hub, we are proud to play an integral part in Saudia Cargo's success by delivering excellent customer experiences and next generation offer design. Freight forwarders using cargo.one worldwide are the biggest winners as they will be able to book even more Saudia Cargo capacity options seamlessly."
cargo.one's recent digital sales trajectory report showed that, on average, the share of bookings via digital channels is expected to rise from 20 percent in 2021 to almost 60 percent by 2025 across airlines, the release said.
Saudia Cargo has been one of the world's most dynamic cargo carriers for more than seven decades, connecting 900 destinations in 175 countries through its alliance with SkyTeam Cargo, the world's largest group of air cargo airlines.
Founded in 2017, cargo.one has raised over $65 million in funding to date from prominent investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, Index Ventures, Creandum, Next 47, Point Nine Capital and Lufthansa Cargo.