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While the pandemic caused severe and sudden supply-chain disruptions in its initial months, the crisis has yielded opportunities and growth for the logistics industry. Southeast Asia logistics is increasingly driven by e-commerce and these opportunities have shifted Teleport’s focus to fully establish itself as a capable first to last mile company over the next five years, covering 232 cities in Asia to meet these demands.
Backed by airasia, Teleport is the 3rd largest cargo operator in ASEAN by capacity. Since it was founded in 2018, Teleport has been on a mission to enable everyone – from single merchants to the largest companies – to move goods and e-commerce anywhere in Southeast Asia and beyond.
At the start of 2020, Teleport set out to build a cargo-only network across the key air cargo lanes in the region to cater for the increasing e-commerce and general cargo demand. The established logistics player has since identified that air cargo will be a critical area of resiliency for the logistics industry for the foreseeable future which was the catalyst in making it a strategic priority moving forward.
“The growth of air cargo in the Southeast Asia market, along with the increase in e-commerce demand and technological developments in both new aircraft technologies and the digitisation of the industry has always been at the front of Teleport’s focus. To date, Teleport is utilizing a total of eight (8) dedicated AirAsia passenger aircraft for cargo-only flights which includes the use of passenger cabins. We have also modified an A320 AirAsia passenger aircraft with seats removed for increased capacity and introduced our dedicated Freighter into our fleet. These two planes are based out of the Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok hubs respectively.” said Adrian Loretz, Chief Operating Officer of Teleport.
The Game Changer
“The addition of a dedicated 737-800 Freighter into our fleet further amplifies our commitment to the mission. Teleport’s 737-800 Freighter was acquired through a multi-year agreement with K-Mile Asia, Thailand’s first express airline under the ASL Group. This is the first of six freighters, and additional aircrafts will be introduced throughout 2022 and will be stationed in AirAsia’s hubs in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia respectively, further paving the way for Teleport’s cargo expansion and stamping its mark as a leading logistics player in the region.”
The freighters demonstrate Teleport’s confidence in its growth potential and also aids in scaling their operation to meet the air cargo market’s needs for reliable connection with a solid base frequency, reliable schedule and specific departure/arrival times in the Asean region.
“As Teleport is building its last-mile and cross-border capabilities, we expect the demand for freight capacity on key lanes to increase beyond the belly space of AirAsia, and freighters will support to build this network.”
The Freighter’s fully containerised main deck and large volume capacity of 21T total max payload is also capable of carrying numerous items under the Dangerous Goods category as per IATA regulations, including Lithium batteries. From Bangkok, the aircraft is able to reach key markets including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Chennai, Mumbai and all the major destinations in Southeast Asia from Thailand, connecting long-haul markets to Southeast Asia through containerised capacity.
An Ecosystem Like No Other
For Teleport and it’s Chief Operating Officer, Adrian Loretz, their ultimate goal is to continue enhancing the company’s capabilities to compete in the fast growing, cargo and e-commerce markets across Asean.
With borders reopening worldwide in varying phases, building a more robust and resilient cargo network is vital to empowering the Teleport brand and AirAsia group as a whole.
“We are on the right track to contribute to the logistical accessibility and the growing demand of the region. It’s evident that we are committed to supporting businesses of all sizes, particularly with the rapid growth of e-commerce and the upcoming year-end surge.”
While cargo will continue to represent a much larger share of airline revenue for years to come, the future success of the air cargo industry is going to depend on stakeholders’ ability, throughout the supply chain, to adapt to these changes with speed and agility, and to form strategic partnerships – both of which is core to Teleport’s strategy going forward.
As part of the greater Airasia ecosystem, Teleport gets a head start with access to a network of 232 cities across Southeast Asia. With direct access to the unrivalled Airasia Group network, best in class technology and a commitment to enabling last mile, door to door commerce anywhere in Asean within 24 hours, Teleport has put in place the right foundations to truly disrupt the cargo industry in Asean.
The group currently has the biggest and most frequent network in Asia, and a total of 252 aircrafts under its belt. To top off, it’s seamless booking and tracking process with SmartKargo and hubs that are fully capable of handling all types of cargo including temperature controlled shipments – it’s apparent that this logistics player is geared towards big plans for the years to come while meeting all cargo demands in the region.
More information can be found on Teleport’s website at https://www.teleport.asia