Essers fits the bill for Brussels base

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Finnair has found an ideal partner for cooperation from its Brussels Cargo hub.

For Finnair’s Brussels Cargo hub to work efficiently, cooperation with agile, cost-efficient local partners has been essential. According to Finnair Cargo’s Jussi Mattila, H. Essers Air Cargo Logistics fits the bill.

“An overall package was vital,” says Mattila. “Using advanced IT, we are actually sending orders electronically and since Essers can monitor all their trucks online and their hub is close to the Brussels cargo area, this brings agility to the operations.”

“H. Essers is a trucking company based in Belgium, with an Air Cargo division operating out of Brussels Airport as its main hub,” explains Danny Verstrepen, business unit manager for Essers Air Cargo Logistics. “Since the majority of our trucks are based at this airport, we offer daily trucking departures to every EU airport.”

Verstrepen believes that Finnair gains an advantage by choosing Essers as a result of the company’s large truck capacity at Brussels and its extensive IT systems, which ensure a high customer performance level, tailored for each customer.

“We met Finnair at the Air Cargo Exhibition in Atlanta in October 2012, and again at the Air Cargo exhibition in Johannesburg earlier this year, where we established a mutual interest in working together, as both parties focus on Brussels airport,” he continues. “We were chosen by Finnair, we believe, because of our Brussels home base, our high level of customer service and our long term established relationship with other large airlines.”

Europe-wide network

Finnair operates a full cargo flight between New York, Brussels and Helsinki every Saturday. All cargo that is offloaded in Brussels and that needs to be distributed to other Central or Southern European destinations is trucked on the Essers road feeder service (RFS) network. The most common trucking destinations are Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Düsseldorf in Germany, Paris, London Heathrow, and Amsterdam.

All export cargo originating from Amsterdam, Frankfurt or Paris is trucked by Essers to the departing flight in Brussels. Truck transport is automatically arranged for the RFS routes based on shipments booked by Finnair Cargo's customers.

“We transport all cargo according to a fixed timetable of delivery times contractually agreed by both parties,” says Verstrepen. “The Essers road network specializes in air cargo distribution to all western European airports, we have daily departures out of Brussels, Liège, Amsterdam and Frankfurt to all European destinations, and we have developed a partner network in Italy, the eastern EU and Scandinavia to guarantee coverage of the whole EU.”

Sustainable vehicle fleet

The fact that Essers operates a modern and sustainable vehicle fleet also works in its favour. “For its Air Cargo Division, Essers uses a fleet of about 150 vehicles, over 80% of which comply with the Euro 5 standard for low emissions. All our trucks are renewed every 4 years in order to keep up with environmental and ecological developments and equipped with a GPS system, allowing the airline customer to follow the freight during road transport. And the Essers Control Tower monitors specific transports such as refrigerated cargo and high value cargo.”

“Our fleet of 200 trailers consists of a roller-bed floor system in all trailers, and they are designed for all specific kinds of air cargo trucking needs, such as 3 meter high aircraft pallets, refrigerated goods, engines, and dangerous goods.”

Verstrepen speaks of his company’s pride and gratitude at having been chosen by Finnair. “The Finnair contract will enable us to further grow in the air cargo business. Finnair Cargo, the largest air cargo carrier in the Nordic & Baltic region, has chosen Brussels as its second hub, and working together with Essers it can also considerably increase its share in the Asian market.”

Text by Tim Bird

Published May 14, 2013

Category: Collaboration

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