TNT has taken delivery of its first Boeing 747-400ER freighter which it says is a major step towards achieving its strategic objective of being the number one carrier between Asia and Europe.
TNT currently operates a fleet of 46 aeroplanes that includes six Boeing 737 freighters and one Boeing 757 freighter. The company will add a second 747-400ER Freighter to its fleet in spring 2007.
Chief executive Peter Bakker said: “The aircraft will seamlessly link into TNT’s air and road networks in Europe. This will provide TNT’s customers with the fastest guaranteed transit times to Europe, while having full visibility and control through TNT’s integrated IT-services, resulting in lower inventory costs & overall supply chain costs and increase of customer satisfaction.”
Boeing forecasts that world air cargo growth is expected to expand at an average annual rate of 6.1 per cent over the next 20 years. European air cargo markets comprise approximately one-third of the world’s air cargo traffic.