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Neutral Air Partner aims to revive specialisation and expertise in the air freight sector

A new air freight network has launched – one that includes companies across the supply chain, to boost expertise and buying power.

Neutral Air Partner is forming a group of specialists from all parties – except the end-user.

“We believe that since the word ‘logistics’ became trendy, the industry has lost its identity as far as specialisation and industry expertise is concerned,” CEO and founder Christos Spyrou told The Loadstar.

“We want to create a powerful grouping of leading and independent advanced air cargo specialists, each defined and selected by industry specialisation – airlines, tradelanes, commodity, etc.”

For $500 a year, the network’s SAFE scheme offers member financial protection, which includes bankruptcy or bad debt by other members.

Other network benefits include global volume incentive agreements with carriers and suppliers, global airline agreements and IT tools.

“We believe in technology and innovation and we have tailor-made cargo community tools exclusively for professionals,” added Mr Spyrou.

Airline partners so far include AirBridgeCargo and Etihad Cargo.

“We are not just a network facilitator, one of our prime objectives is to engage airlines, GSAs, express wholesalers, charter brokers and carriers to take an active role within our group,” head of aviation and airline cargo management Paul Woolley said.

Believing that most networks are not sufficiently specialised, Neutral aims to build “a deep air freight partnership”.

“Anyone who wants to expand their global reach within the transport industry today joins a logistics network, but often many of these are not as useful as they could be on account of their very general approach,” explained chairman Peter Whitfield. “In addition the member’s industry experience, business specialisation and financial situation is not always assessed either.”

Members are being hand-picked by the network, on an invitation-only basis.

The network will be present at Air Cargo China, and is launching its first members’ event in Abu Dhabi in September.

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  • It was a refreshing event also from airline prospective in regards to the quality of the delegates gathered from around the globe, the industry expertise in airfreight ,and consequently the buying power such a group of smaller sized market players can bring to a carrier. The innovative approach , linked with a platform of air cargo community tools tool can deliver added value to the supply chain, and differentiate themselves from the mass .We as Air Bridge Cargo are supportive to innovation in our industry to every single customer, and we are looking forward to the positive developments of NAP together with ABC as their carrier.

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    • Georges Bewer
    • VP EMEA for Airbridge Cargo
  • We as Aerotrans ,are offering neutral freight services to the trade and our customers are airlines , IATA agents and general freight forwarders .Neutral Air Partner is the right platform for our company to explore partnering opportunities with like- minded air cargo experts around the world ,and to develop new services and innovative products for our customers, We are allready seeing the results interacting with a number of members and we look forward to a long term relationship with NAP.

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    • Michael Jaench
    • Aerotrans Germany
  • Universal Global Logistics, S.A.U., attended the NAP kick off meeting in Abu Dhabi last September. UGL is one of the leading Spanish Freight Forwarders and belongs to Noatum Logistics, the logistics division of Marmedsa Noatum Maritime, present in Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Algeria, Morocco and Chile. “ We had the chance to gather another companies also specialized in airfreight industry, as well as in the different topics which this business include, such as cool chain service, AOG, dangerous goods, etc. As forwarding company we have strong presence in our market, being part of a freight purchasing pool stated in the 3rd position in Spanish IATA ranking , we find NAP network as a chance to develop every kind of air transport business among other specialist companies” says Sergio Escobar –Business and process coordinator for UGL.

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    • Sergio Escobar
    • Business and process coordinator for UGL.
  • I had the honor of attending the first NAP annual meeting held in Abu Dhabi, the organization, network and the topics addressed, fully satisfied our expectations, our group participated the event with 3 executives and we ve decided to support Neutral Air Partner in nine countries in Latin America where we have our own offices., we are looking forward to grow our air cargo business together with NAP in this new experience “ says Carlos Madama , VP of Grupo RAS - a leading freight & logistics group based in Latin America with 45 offices in 10 countries and 800 members in 5 divisions.

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    • Carlos Madama
    • VP of Grupo RAS
  • Attending the NAP global meeting in Abu Dhabi has been a great success . It has been a great pleasure to meet so many airfreight professionals whom understand the importance of being Neutral, whilst offering your service towards the forwarding industry.Within 2 months, we already have seen the benefits of our membership , and we are now able to offer more neutral freight services and consolidation solutions to our European customers “ says Ronald Sierat from N.F.S Airfreight ( Neutral Freight Service BV ) a leading and independent neutral airfreight wholesaler & consolidator based at Schiphol airport ( AMS ) main gateway for Europe.

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    • Ronald Sierat
    • N.F.S Airfreight
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