Panalpina Charter Network

The Panalpina Charter Network is a virtual cargo airline that we control at our customers' command.


Created in 1990, Panalpina’s Charter Network is unique among international freight forwarders. It gives us control while remaining asset-light.


It enables us to secure freighter capacity on countless routes and schedules around the world – and we have complete control of the entire journey. 


The network not only controls aircraft, but it designs and oversees processes on the ground as well, ensuring the best possible control, security and efficiency from door-to-door.


The network is highly reliable, totally flexible and tailor-made to meet your specific need.


It is perfectly suited to big consignments, time-critical goods and special handling requirements, such as temperature control. Panalpina offers a huge range of services dedicated to such needs.

The Panalpina Charter Network can now be easily accessed at Panalpina’s charter tool provides an up-to-date overview of scheduled cargo flights and of all cargo aircraft in the world – big and small – available for chartering on any given day. The charter tool focuses on user-experience with a reactive design featuring drag-and-drop origin and destination functionality, current aircraft availability by geography and routes, types of aircraft and much more.


How we move goods

We have two main options for moving goods through the Charter Network:


  • Leased aircraft
    We wet-lease one nose-loading Boeing 747-8 Freighter, which is the backbone of the Network. Its maximum payload is 140 tons.


  • Chartered aircraft
    We charter or part-charter aircraft on both a scheduled and ad hoc basis through our close working relationships with many of the world’s largest operators.


Panalpina’s air cargo gateways at Luxembourg’s Findel Airport and Huntsville International Airport in the U.S. are crucial to the smooth flow of the Network. Both are large, sophisticated facilities and – cruciallly – are situated at airports with minimal congestion.


A Road Feeder Service links Luxembourg and Huntsville with other major centers and offers assured, scheduled road transport between the gateways and Panalpina stations in Europe and the U.S.