JetBlue and Aeronex to launch US cargo services

US low-cost carrier JetBlue and Miami-based Aeronex Cargo are to operate a new airfreight service, starting with Fort Lauderdale in Florida, but with plans for five US cities by the end of 2019.

JetBlue announced that cargo services will begin with a “traditional air-to-air offering” in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

The service, said JetBlue, will then be expanded with a drop-off point at Miami International Airport (MIA), one of the top five busiest cargo airports in America, where Aeronex Cargo will pick up and transport goods to Fort Lauderdale.

By the end of this year, JetBlue and Aeronex Cargo expect to open additional cargo operations at the following airports: New York’s JFK, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).

Robert Martinelli, director customer experience effectiveness at JetBlue, said: “Our partnership with Aeronex Cargo allows us to efficiently offer cargo services without impact to our customer operation, building new revenue opportunities from excess belly capacity on our fleet of more than 250 aircraft.”

Patricio Sepulveda, founder and chief executive of Aeronex Cargo, said: “In my long professional career of more than 35 years in aviation, it is an immense satisfaction to partner with JetBlue in their decision to go back to the cargo business under this unique turnkey solution model and contribute to increase their bottom line.”

JetBlue said that over the next few years, it will evaluate with Aeronex Cargo the opportunities “to expand the cargo operation to nearly 30 cities across the airline’s network where there is high shipping demand”.

Aeronex Cargo said that its team of managers has knowledge and experience in running and growing a domestic and international cargo business.

The sales partners accompanying Aeronex Cargo, providing the sales and marketing efforts, is GSA Force, a general air cargo sales and service provider with offices across 14 countries.

JetBlue carries more than 40m customers a year to 103 cities in the US, Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights.

Its fleet includes 64 Airbus A321s, 130 Airbus A320s, and 60 Embraer E190s.


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