Air Logistics

billion CHF
net turnover in 2020

million tons in 2020

airfreight specialists

No. 2

With long-standing experience and an extensive global network of 420 sites in 106 countries and over 7,800 specialists, Kuehne+Nagel is the world's number 2 in airfreight. The business unit has access to a comprehensive, worldwide network of carrier partners and managed in 2020 more than 60,000 shipments per week. With a full range of air logistics services and a focus on industry-specific expertise, Kuehne+Nagel is the logistics partner who can provide unique solutions for the most demanding tasks.

In 2020, turnover was CHF 5.2 billion with EBIT of CHF 505 million. A special focus was on expanding the service portfolio, in particular in relation to Covid-19 vaccine distribution as well as continuing the development of eTouch solutions.



in CHF million 2020 2019 2018
Turnover 5,817 5,465 5,620
Net turnover 5,194 4,653 4,870
Gross profit 1,331 1,317 1,202
EBITDA 600 394 380
EBIT 505 329 355
EBIT in per cent of gross profit 37.9 25.0 29.5
Tons in 1,000 1,433 1,643 1,743
Number of operating staff 7,845 8,115 7,412

A second life for passenger aircraft

Kuehne+Nagel has developed an integrated end-to-end logistics solution to support conversion of passenger aircraft into freighter aircraft (so-called P2F). In light of the dynamic cargo market requirements and a significant amount of unused passenger equipment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kuehne+Nagel shifted the focus of its proven “KN InteriorChain” service towards P2F conversions. This requires a number of complex structural modifications to the aircraft and precise and reliable materials management. Thanks to in-depth industry expertise and a close collaboration with suppliers and customers, the new P2F aircraft conversion programme is an efficient end-to-end solution to manage the conversions of retired passenger aircraft into long-lasting freighters.