Challenge Air Cargo is the Group’s Commercial Mastermind
Many ingredients come into play the moment a transportation challenge is accepted: ingredients that are all available within Challenge Group, but that require expert coordination and planning. Once the commodity, size and weight, origin and destination, special requirements, and other relevant information are known, the search begins for the best routing, air cargo capacity, road feeder connections and logistics ancillary services. This is where the group’s in-house commercial arm comes in: Challenge Air Cargo was founded in 2018. It has meanwhile established itself as an expert in orchestrating unique door-to-door solutions for time-sensitive and complex shipments.
Challenge Group’s dedicated commercial team operates mainly out of a centralized call center in Malta. Not only is the island known for its “aviation friendliness”, but it is also geographically perfectly placed, at the Europe-Africa intersection between East and West – a traffic channel that is becoming increasingly important for the group. Challenge Air Cargo consists of around 100 staff worldwide, some of whom are assigned to specific verticals where dedicated effort is required to deliver commodity-specific high-quality standards. The team provides 24/7 access in a variety of languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Italian, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Arabic. Challenge Air Cargo takes care of capacity sales on Challenge Group’s three airlines: Challenge Airlines IL, Challenge Airlines BE, and Challenge Airlines MT. It also interfaces closely with Challenge Logistics in setting up first and last mile transport, and interlines with quality partner airlines to ensure uninterrupted, end-to-end supply chain solutions.
About Challenge Group
Challenge Group is a unique, international air cargo conglomeration offering tailored air freight industry solutions from handling, air and ground logistics, to aviation services, for a wide range of industries and commodities.
Challenge Group employs 850 people across three airlines (Challenge Airlines IL in Israel, Challenge Airlines BE in Belgium, Challenge Airlines MT in Malta), a commercial division (Challenge Air Cargo) in Malta, a ground handling company (Challenge Handling in Liege, Belgium), a European road feeder provider (Challenge Logistics in Liege, Belgium), an aircraft and parts leasing division (Challenge Aviation), and a comprehensive line maintenance provider (Challenge Technic). The company has trebled its capacity over the past four years and now handles 300,000+ tons of cargo per year.