As this blog has previously mentioned, market experts are expecting air freight to experience a slowdown as the industry restructures itself to better compete with other shipping methods.
It has been suggested that carriers can attract more business by adopting more efficient practices. Proof of condition services like CargoSnapshot allow supply chain operators to digitally photograph shipments, saving time and allowing more transparency in the event of loss, theft or damage.
One carrier that could take advantage of proof of condition services is Aerospace One S.A., Greece, which despite troubles in the air freight market has still decided to open a new European cargo airline. Air Cargo World reports that the airline will lease or charter wide-body freighters. The airline first flew from from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates to Jakarta, Indonesia in April, and is making plans for future expansion.
Founder Jaideep Mirchandani said that the airline will focus on carrying heavy loads between Asia and South America, with stops in Europe. The carrier is based in Châteauroux, France.
"We aim to provide cargo bridges between continents," Mirchandani said. "We will serve a particular niche in this market. Our companies have been operating successfully for nearly a decade in the field of transportation of heavy loads and ACMI lease. The accumulated experience coupled with the experienced team of professionals that surrounds the new company, forms the platform for further development of the group's activities and will prepare the ground for the inclusion of additional cargo aircrafts in the fleet."