Saudia chief Omar Hariri to chair SkyTeam CargoAlliance

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SkyTeam Cargo, the largest alliance in the air cargo industry, has announced the appointment of Omar Hariri as the new chairman of its Executive Board.

Made up of top executives from the group’s 12-member cargo airlines, the Executive Board of SkyTeam Cargo Alliance endorsed Hariri’s new role during their latest meeting.

Hariri, currently the CEO of both Saudi Airlines Cargo Company (Saudia Cargo) and Saudi Arabian Logistics Company (SAL), replaces Shawn Cole, VP- Cargo of Delta Airlines, who held the position for three years.

“It will be an honour chairing the executive board of SkyTeam Cargo, the largest alliance in the cargo industry accounting for nearly 20% of the global air cargo movement. SkyTeam Cargo with its two decades of formulation has come a long way and with its 12-member airlines reaching every corner of the globe, enjoys a vast geographic reach and connectivity between the east and west and vice versa,” Hariri said.

“I would like to thank Shawn for his contributions during the last three years and SkyTeam Cargo Alliance and its members for giving me this opportunity. Moving forward, we will continue focusing on actively promoting and strengthening the alliance between the members and at the same time focusing on enhancing our technologically driven operational and network capability to ensure an outclass experience for our customers,” Hariri expressed.

“With the growing demand for pharma and e-commerce, our aim is to continue exploring new markets while enhancing connectivity and efficient deliveries, further grow and strengthening the core business of our 12-member airlines,” he added.

Saudia Cargo is the latest member of SkyTeam Cargo, who joined in April 2019. The group, which marked its 20th anniversary last September, comprises 12 member airlines working together with more than 3,337 aircrafts including 63 full freighters to 159 destinations countries, namely Aeroflot Cargo, Aerolíneas Argentinas Cargo, Aeromexico Cargo, Air France-KLM Cargo, Alitalia Cargo, China Airlines Cargo, China Cargo Airlines, Czech Airlines Cargo, Delta Cargo and Korean Air Cargo as members.

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