dnata has strengthened its position in the cargo logistics industry in the Middle East by joining forces with Wallenborn Transports, Europe’s largest air-cargo road feeder services (RFS) operator.
Wallenborn Transports has completed the acquisition of Agility Global Logistics’ interest in dnata PWC Airport Logistics LLC (DPAL), a Dubai-based premium road feeder services provider, and will now embark on a partnership with dnata through its ownership in DPAL.
The partnership will see the companies develop new products and services, and enter new markets.
The parties have agreed not to disclose the details of the transaction. The current leadership teams will continue to manage the business and operations.
Bernd Leo Struck, Senior Vice President UAE Cargo & DWC Airline Services, dnata, and Chairman of dnata PWC Airport Logistics, said: "As one of the world’s leading cargo services providers, dnata offers a comprehensive product portfolio, including a broad range of logistics and freight forwarding services, to fully meet the diverse needs of customers.
"We are driven to provide superior services to the regional market. Joining forces with Wallenborn, a leading air-cargo road feeder services operator, helps us enhance our position in this segment and exploit business opportunities both in the UAE and internationally.
"We thank our previous joint venture partner, Agility, for a long-standing and successful partnership with dnata."
Frantz Wallenborn, President & CEO of Wallenborn Transports, said: "I am thrilled to announce this exciting partnership with dnata which will be a game changer for airlines, forwarders and their customers.
“This new venture supports my long term vision to enhance RFS in the G.C.C. region and make supply chains more effective and efficient.
“We will extend the range and quality of RFS services from, to and within the UAE and invest in digitalisation and environmental initiatives that will create dynamic and sustainable opportunities for our customers."
DPAL is a premium road feeder services provider in the UAE. It offers customers a wide choice of off-line routings and quality service at competitive rates.
Its fleet of state-of-the-art trailers can accommodate multiple full-size freighter pallets at a time. Each vehicle is designed to interface with the loading docks of air cargo terminals to eliminate the need for forklifts during loading and unloading.
As well as its physical operations, the company provides class-leading solutions for managing the increasingly complex world of airline operating systems.
Wallenborn Transports SA is a leading provider of transportation services and Europe’s largest air-cargo RFS operator.
Wallenborn is the leader in major markets including Benelux, France, Germany, Italy and Scandinavia. Wallenborn has 15 offices in ten countries across Europe, as well operational bases in Dubai and Sharjah.
Its pan-European road feeder services have been complemented in recent years by a range of special products including GDP certified transport for healthcare products, and TAPA TSR certified secure transport and outsized solutions for aerospace and similar precision industries.