JetBlue becomes cargo program launch partner
SAN JUAN – JetBlue Airways will partner with air cargo solutions provider FlyKargo as part of a three-month pilot program that begins Oct. 15 between Fort Lauderdale and San Juan.
Miami-based FlyKargo provides air cargo managed services to low-cost airlines and will utilize the excess cargo carrying capacity available on more than 250 JetBlue planes.
The company said in a release that it will focus on providing services to “the registered freight forwarders as well as known shippers,” adding that it “will begin with a traditional air-to-air offering and will gradually include door pickup and delivery extension in additional markets.”
JetBlue flies to 103 cities in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights.
“Our clients are able to focus on their core passenger business and rely on us to safely, efficiently, and effectively operate air cargo business,” FlyKargo Chairman Patricio Sepulveda said in the release.
“With over 1000 daily flights across high-valued geography throughout the Americas and Caribbean, JetBlue is perfectly positioned to benefit the rapidly growing e-commerce package delivery market by helping to deliver those packages in the shortest possible time,” added Rob Martinelli, Jetblue’s Customer Experience Effectiveness director. “We are excited about the prospects of growing revenue cargo and are taking a lead to innovate in this space with a partner that has demonstrated their ability to understand the industry’s current needs and quickly rollout a smart solution, while offering the expertise and connections to evolve with the market in the future.”
FlyKargo’s partners for the program include GSA Force, a general air cargo sales and service provider with offices in 14 countries, that will provide the sales and marketing efforts. SmartKargo, a cloud-based air cargo management software company, will provide the technology and “operating environment.”
Air General, a provider for JetBlue, will take care of ground handling operations at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Carolina, Puerto Rico-freight forwarding service GMD Airlines Services will provide handling operations on the island.
Meanwhile, Aeronex an industry consulting company, will provide the management services for FlyKargo.