Rolls-Royce awards KLM and Kuehne + Nagel global contract
Rolls-Royce plc will take advantage of a unique internet based track and trace system which combines the capabilities of KLM and Kuehne + Nagel’s stand alone systems. ‘SMARRT’ will allow Rolls-Royce full visibility of all parts in transit as well as detailing the Standard Operating Procedures and providing management reporting information.
“Combining KLM’s aviation skills and multi-lane control of freight capacity with Kuehne + Nagel’s operational strength, award winning IT systems and specialist knowledge in aviation logistics, provides Rolls-Royce with a unique logistics solution.” Says Chris Edwards, Director Airfreight, Kuehne + Nagel.
Gert-jan van Noordt, Director Aerospace Logistics, KLM, had this to say about the new relationship between Rolls-Royce, KLM and Kuehne + Nagel. “The employees of KLM Cargo Aerospace Logistics really look forward to working with Rolls-Royce. The contractually agreed improvement program for Rolls-Royce is a challenge for us but we believe is achievable based on our experience from the improvement program for KLM Engineering & Maintenance and other Aerospace customers. With the scale of the contract we are able to provide a unique product. This will be because we will be using the airlines CARGO and MRO expertise along with a global freight-forwarding network of Kuehne + Nagel.”
Rolls-Royce is also looking forward to the successful implementation of this contract and reaping the benefits of the partnership throughout the supply chain.
KLM Cargo enjoys a reputation of speed, care and punctuality in airfreight transport. From its home base at Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands KLM Cargo serves together with partners more than 300 destinations worldwide. With a modern fleet that includes 17 Boeing 747-400 combi aircraft and 3 Boeing 747-400 Extended Range Freighters, KLM Cargo 's freight traffic was 4,400 million ton kilometers in the last year, with an average load factor of 72.9%. KLM Cargo has 2,700 employees worldwide.