12send launched across Europe

International delivery company Parcel International has announced it is to run a same-day intra-European air cargo delivery service called 12send. This uses Schiphol Airport’s baggage system and KLM’s European network.

The 12send service is backed by KLM Cargo and Schiphol Cargo, which is going Europe wide after a successful pilot trial in October on KLM routes between Schiphol and Barcelona El Prat in Spain.

Under the new operation, cargo shipped on 12send is processed and loaded through Schiphol’s luggage system and travels by KLM to its destination.

Parcel International handles the first and last mile of the delivery, taking parcels to the end customer by electric van and e-bike.

“Same-day delivery is soon to be a standard, and as Europe’s leading e-commerce hub, we have backed an innovative high-end service which is also CO2 responsible,” said Jonas van Stekelenburg, Head of Cargo, Schiphol Cargo.

“Schiphol has a world-class baggage system which is fast, secure, and seamless, and working with KLM’s efficient network and Parcel International’s e-commerce expertise we are confident 12send will be a valuable enlargement of European air freight services, and meet the growing needs of our air freight partners.”

Marcel de Nooijer, EVP KLM Cargo & MD Martinair Holland, added: “With the belly capacity of KLM’s broad European passenger network we offer great solutions for all customers in the rapidly growing cross-border e-commerce market and the trend towards delivery within 24 hours.”

Casper Plat, Partner, Parcel International, commented: “Thanks to 12send, same-day delivery of e-commerce goods is now possible in the whole of Europe by harnessing otherwise unused cargo capacity of passenger planes.

“This means we can provide an “ordered before noon, delivered before 11pm” service all over the Continent.”

The plan is to run 12send into 20 European cities.

Parcel International is the majority stakeholder in 12send, and KLM Cargo and Schiphol Cargo have contributed to the start-up and launch of the service.

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