Finnair Cargo signs agreement with Mercator for new management system

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Juha Järvinen (Finnair chief commercial officer), Janne Tarvainen (Finnair vice president head of cargo), Cormac Whelan (Mercator CEO) and Antony H. Gilliam (Mercator sales director) sign the agreement

Finnair Cargo has signed a strategic agreement with Mercator for a new air cargo management system.

The Finnish carrier will now use the firm’s airfreight system, SkyChain, which is set to be implemented by October 2016, six months ahead of the opening of Finnair’s new 80 million euro Cool Nordic Cargo terminal in spring 2017.

This facility will be 31,000 square metres and boost the carrier’s cargo capabilities and a key part Finnair’s future growth plans as the new Airbus A350 XWB aircraft fleet will bring 50 per cent more cargo capacity by 2020.

Finnair’s vice president head of cargo, Janne Tarvainen says: “We are very pleased to have Mercator as our partner in this important project. SkyChain will be an essential tool for us for years to come.

“The new system, alongside our investment in a new cargo terminal, will ensure we revolutionise Finnair’s cargo capability for our customers and partners.”

Finnair says the Mercator platform and new cargo terminal will ensure the smooth scaling and handling of Finnair’s cargo volumes.

Mercator chief executive officer, Cormac Whelan explains: “SkyChain is a next-generation air cargo management solution that supports warehouse automatization, while enabling greatly improved planning and process optimization.

“Some of the most significant benefits delivered by SkyChain are advanced cargo capacity planning, as well as process steering capabilities.

“With partners like Finnair we are well positioned to build the most intelligent and predictable air cargo solution in the market today and more importantly, for tomorrow.”