The Nordic carrier has entrusted software provider Mercator to implement their SkyChain electronic system for managing air cargo processes. Once launched, the IT platform should ensure the smooth scaling and handling of cargo shipments.
Finnair has great hopes that the new electronic tool once implemented and in practice, will make a large difference and put it ahead of its competitors. In an official announcement, Finnair
speaks of no less than a “revolution” in managing air freight processes. Mercator’s electronic management system, alongside Finnair’s investment in a state-of-the-art cargo terminal at Helsinki
Vantaa Airport being built by Loedige Industries will ensure that “we revolutionize Finnair’s cargo capability for our customers and partners,” reads a release.
CEO Cormac Whelan of Mercator who has landed the contract assures the following: “SkyChain is a next-generation air cargo management solution that supports warehouse automatization, while enabling greatly improved planning and process optimization.”
Whelan goes on to say: “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.”
Essential technical tool
Optimistic words, indeed. But obviously appropriate, because Finnair is not really known in the market as a carrier that prefers second choice solutions. Instead, they have earned a reputation for their far-sighted strategy, fleet policy and consistent operational performance.
In this context, the Mercator deal together with the Loedige investment for equipping the new cargo terminal at Vantaa Airport should be seen. "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,” stated Janne Tarvainen, Finnair's VP Head of Cargo after the pact was sealed.
The IT tool is scheduled to be implemented by October 2016, six months ahead of the opening of Finnair's new cargo terminal in the spring of next year.
Last year, Finnair transported close to 150,000 tons of air freight and mail making it the largest Nordic air cargo carrier.