- 1st all-cargo airline joins largest European association.
- A4E will add cargo issues to its campaigns.
Airlines for Europe continues to attract new members with Cargolux joining Europe’s largest airline association. Based in Luxembourg, Cargolux is Europe’s leading all-cargo airline with an all Boeing 747 freighter fleet operating scheduled all-cargo flights as well as full and part-charter services.
To accommodate to the needs of all-cargo airlines and as well to the cargo operations of its existing airline members, A4E will introduce a specialised working group as well as ensuring that its current and future campaigns will reflect the expanded requirements.
“Cargolux Airlines looks forward to joining Airlines for Europe, and to contributing an all-cargo carrier’s perspective on aviation issues that are impacted by regulations at European level. The European Union develops many important policies that have a direct impact on an airline’s ability to transport air cargo efficiently, securely, safely and profitably. A4E has an important mission in representing the views of European airlines, and in working with the regulators to ensure that EU policy will contribute to the competitiveness of the European air transport sector and a level playing field at a global level. Cargolux will gladly take a full part in supporting A4E achieve this mission”, said Richard Forson, President and CEO of Cargolux.
“Adding Cargolux to our member base clearly shows that A4E is continuing on its path to represent the European airline community, regardless of its airlines’ business models. We have achieved a lot in 2016 and uniting 14 airline groups will give us the right momentum to grow further. Air transport is just too important for Europe’s economic development – it needs a strong voice in Brussels and the Member States”, said Thomas Reynaert, A4E’s Managing Director.
Airlines for Europe (A4E) is Europe’s new and largest airline association, based in Brussels. Launched in January 2016, the association consists of Aegean, airBaltic, Air France KLM, Cargolux, easyJet, Finnair, Icelandair, International Airlines Group (IAG), Jet2.com, Lufthansa Group, Norwegian, Ryanair, TAP Portugal and Volotea, and plans to grow further. With more than 550 million passengers on board each year, A4E members account for more than 70 per cent of the continent’s journeys, operating more than 2,700 airplanes and generating more than EUR 100 billion in annual turnover.