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Mr. J.H. van Swieten started his career as a station luggage porter and simultaneous organised delivery of parcels for private individuals and companies. In 1855 he started a shipping line to transport cargo with barges over the Dutch rivers and canals. The barges of van Swieten sailed through the whole of the Netherlands and the fleet expended up to 400 barges. Simultaneously more and more cargo moved from barges to trucks. At the beginning of 1960 the last barges was laid off.

The Inventors of Airfreight Trucking

It all began in 1967: The new Amsterdam Airport Schiphol was opened at its current location. Until 1967 all passengers and airfreight was handled at the old airport located at the current ‘Schiphol East’. All airfreight had to be moved from ‘Schiphol East’ to the new location. KLM Cargo and The Airport Schiphol requested Van Swieten to organise this transfer of airfreight by truck. This was a complete new way of moving Airfreight in large quantities. Both KLM Cargo and van Swieten were pioneers inventing a workable solution. Loose rollerbeds were put in standard 12 metre trailers and the transfer of airfreight in ULDs (Unit Loading Device) was executed over a 6 month period.

1st road feeder services into Europe:
The move from Schiphol East to the new location made KLM aware that truck operations could work as a substitute for aircraft. Consequently van Swieten operated the first linehaul truck for KLM Cargo with rollerbed from Schiphol to Hamburg in 1968. From this date on van Swieten began to build up other routes both for KLM Cargo and other airlines.

Further developments:
In 1981 van Swieten and manufactures of trucks together developed a Rollerbed Trailer which could contain 5 ULDs. In 1992 the next standard was developed by Van Swieten for KLM Cargo: The Mega size trailers which could transport 4 Q7 (300 cm high) ULDs by road. read more>
van Swieten air cargo history
van Swieten air cargo history