Saudia Cargo Enters into Digital Partnership with cargo.one to Accelerate its Cargo Expansion
- Transformation strategy: Saudia Cargo delivers on digital transformation and selects cargo.one as the strategic online partner for its fast-paced cargo expansion
- Lead player: one signs agreement with Saudia Cargo, expanding its Gulf footprint in line with its global 2021 expansion strategy
Jeddah | Berlin, April 14, 2021 – Saudia Cargo and leading e-booking platform cargo.one have entered into a distribution agreement to provide customers across the board with first class digital booking experience. Freight forwarders will be able to book Saudia Cargo’s real-time quotes on cargo.one within a matter of seconds and with instant confirmation.
“Saudia Cargo’s objective is to always deliver a premium customer experience. We are convinced that cargo.one is the ideal partner to perfect our digital service offer.” Omar Hariri, Chief Executive Officer of Saudia Cargo, stated. The airline strongly supports Saudi Arabia’s innovative Vision 2030. It is rapidly growing its fleet and digital transformation is key to its mission to become the region’s leading freight and logistics hub. “We will be offering customers a proven and efficient online booking platform where they have access to real-time rates and immediate booking confirmations.” Teddy Zebitz, Chief Cargo Officer, Saudia Cargo added “With cargo.one, we expect to further improve our operational efficiency. The pandemic has reinforced the importance of flexibility and speed in air cargo, with simplicity and process optimization being keys to success. Through cargo.one, we will offer our customers a fast, simple, and first-class booking experience. It will also enable us to quickly share and promote our ever-evolving freighter and passenger freighter network – such as our recently launched 5-weekly Liège-Riyadh service.”
Moritz Claussen, Founder and Managing Director of cargo.one, is delighted that the company will play a fundamental role in Saudia Cargo’s digital transformation. “We are honored and proud of the fact that Saudia Cargo has chosen us as their partner to build a core component of their digital transformation. Saudia Cargo is a prime example of an airline that leverages and augments its existing systems to take a leap into the future of capacity distribution and pricing. We look forward to working in close collaboration with Saudia Cargo and its general sales agents around the world to jointly ensure that customers will always enjoy a first-class booking experience.”
With Saudia Cargo on board, cargo.one is expanding its footprint in the Gulf region, and strengthening its market position as the leading distribution channel for cargo airlines.
The airlines’ capacity will become available on the cargo.one platform in the second quarter of 2021, giving freight forwarders additional access to routes across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the USA.
About Saudia Cargo
With air cargo experience going back to 1949, when it formed part of Saudia Arabian Airlines, Saudia Cargo, headquartered in Jeddah, Saudia Arabia, was privatised in 2008 and today runs a fleet of 7 B747 and B777 freighters in addition to marketing the belly capacities of more than 180 Saudia Airlines passenger aircraft. Since 2019, Saudia Cargo’s extensive network of over 225 international and 26 domestic destinations across Asia, Africa, Europe, and the USA, has been enhanced by its membership of the world’s largest cargo alliance, SkyTeam Cargo. Saudia Cargo is currently chairing SkyTeam Cargo since 01JAN21. Together with 11 other cargo airline members, Saudia Cargo has access to more than 900 destinations on 6 continents and has established a growing road feeder service network.
Saudia Cargo’s geographical location in The Kingdom of Saudia Arabia positions it perfectly as a key logistics link between East and West. It operates out of three state-of-the-art cargo airport hubs at Jeddah, Riyadh, and Dammam, as well as a range of international hubs, and is represented by a comprehensive network of highly professional GSAs across the globe. The airline is continuously developing its expansive cargo portfolio. Its mission is “To serve the air freight industry with a spirit of excellence by continuously enhancing service levels and developing effective logistics solutions to the highest industry standards, and to be recognized as one of the most reliable air cargo carriers in the world”.
Digitalisation is a key focus area, as is the development of e-commerce solutions. Since Omar Harari, who has a strong background in freight forwarding, was appointed CEO in 2018, the cargo airline has seen rapid expansion, a restructuring of its product portfolio, and investments in innovation, all in line with its vision of becoming the region’s leading freight hub.
Director Marketing & Communications
cargo.one (Cargo One GmbH) is a platform for booking and marketing air freight capacity. The company focuses on offering instantly bookable quotes for multiple airlines, making it the first booking platform of its kind. Accredited freight forwarders can search, compare, and book these quotes on the cargo.one platform in real-time and receive an immediate booking confirmation. Partner airlines gain access to a cost-effective, data-driven, and fully digital distribution channel. cargo.one’s product changes long and asynchronous booking processes by telephone or e-mail, enabling substantial cost savings on both sides. The cargo.one team combines international experience in building digital business models with relevant expertise in the modernisation of B2B processes.
Operating as a virtual-first company, cargo.one has partnered with global airlines such as Lufthansa, Finnair, AirBridgeCargo, Etihad, and All Nippon Airways, while serving a fast-growing number of about 2,000 freight forwarding companies, including players such as Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, Agility Logistics, DACHSER, and Flexport.
Senior Manager – Brand, Marketing & Communications