Malaysia-based RedCargo Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of AirAsia Group Berhad,this week signed an interline cargo agreement with Oman Air, giving both companies access to broader networks between Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
RedCargo was launched in March 2018 as the exclusive sales agent and provider of cargo capacity for low-cost carriers AirAsia and AirAsia X airlines, which operate large fleets of A320 and A330-300 aircraft, respectively. With this agreement, however, RedCargo will now be able to access belly space on Oman Air’s cargo network, with connections to the Africa and Europe.
Meanwhile, Oman Air’s cargo customers will be able to book space on AirAsia’s network of more than 5,000 weekly flights across Southeast Asia. These flights also include key Oman Air destinations, such as Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Manila and Jakarta.
Earlier this year, Oman Air Cargo began offering its customers electronic access to its capacity via Traxon cargoHUB, a digital messaging platform for carriers and forwarders from IT firm CHAMP Cargosystems. The platform is compatible with IATA’s electronic air waybill initiative, called e-Freight, which aims to replace paper-based customs, transport, commercial and special cargo documents with electronic versions.
“This is a great example of how two airlines can work together to maximize e-commerce growth in the region,” said Pete Chareonwongsak, CEO of RedCargo. “The ability to transport cargo from ASEAN to Africa, the U.K. and Europe has never been easier thanks to this partnership.”
Oman Air Senior Vice President Commercial Cargo, Mohammed Al Musafir said, “We are confident of offering our customers a wider range of choice of destinations in the Far East region, with an extensive network of flights beyond Oman Air’s expanding network.”
AirAsia Group manages nine separate airlines, which operate more than 240 aircraft that fly to 28 countries.