Air Partner has become the first aircraft charter broker to launch a freight industry piece fit application. The free multi-lingual interactive app, which went live today, enables users to obtain information on the most suitable charter aircraft for their cargo. It can be accessed via the Apple app store for iPhones and iPads (search for ‘Air Partner Freight’). There is also a browser version at www.freightaircraftcalculator.com.
As soon as the weight and dimensions of cargo are entered, in metric or imperial measurements, the app recommends which aircraft are most suited to the task. Up to four aircraft are suggested, supported by images and cargo hold diagrams, giving an indication of the type of aircraft needed to move a particular item, including outsize freight.
Based on the provisional search solutions provided, users can then contact an Air Partner Freight specialist through the app for further assistance, advice and a quote related to a consignment’s planned route. At this stage, final aircraft loadability checks are undertaken by one of Air Partner’s experts to ensure the correct aircraft choice has been made.
The app is available in eight languages – British English, American English, French, Turkish, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, all automatically determined by the settings on a user’s mobile device.
"The likely users of this app will be freight forwarders with outsize cargo charter requirements, who make up the majority of our client base," said Clive Chalmers, Air Partner’s UK Freight Manager. "Technology is playing a major role in how people communicate and buy in this fast-moving digital age. This innovation demonstrates that we are leading the way when it comes to developing new products to add to the traditional freight charter broking services that currently exist. There are more than 30 of the most commonly used charter aircraft types within the system to give clients a useful easy-to-use guide as to which aircraft they would potentially need."
"As there are no interactive freight ‘piece fit aircraft guides’ currently on the Apple store for the iPhone or iPad, this makes our new product unique," added Clive. "We are also the only aircraft charter broker to have a freight industry-specific app, which is also available online as a web application via a personal computer or other mobile, on the market."
Earlier this year, Air Partner Freight extended its Time Critical door-to-door time-definite worldwide freight service to clients based in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Central and Eastern Europe and Italy. Time Critical was launched in the UK last summer and incorporates its unique RED-TRACK real-time delivery tracking system.
Last summer Air Partner launched the first multi-lingual iPhone app for real-time private jet availability globally.