Strategic about-face for Air France Cargo

Five years ago, faced with falling cargo traffic and an operating loss in its cargo division, Air France-KLM made the decision to give up the pursuit of market share, reduce main-deck capacity, and concentrate on yield. Retain the good customers, let the unprofitable business go, and – so said the carrier – profitability would return. […]
  • David Harris
  • June 11, 2015

The ABCs of market share

The big three Western European carriers – Lufthansa, Air France-KLM, and IAG – all reported dismal first-quarter cargo results. While there have been some internal issues for those carriers, most observers will be quick to assume that the real problem is an ongoing loss of market share to airlines based in the Gulf Region. But […]
  • David Harris
  • April 13, 2015

EVA refleets as Martinair defleets

In the Netherlands, it appears that the time for talking has ended, as Air France-KLM has taken the axe to subsidiary carrier Martinair. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Taiwan-based EVA Air is looking to the future, with plans to place an order for five 777Fs. The disappearance of Air France, KLM, and Martinair as […]
  • David Harris
  • March 17, 2015

A tough year for Europe’s cargo carriers

What do we know about December and about full year 2014? December results from many of the world’s big carriers and airports are still not in, but we know that, worldwide, the year through November was good, with traffic up just a little under 5%. Anecdotal evidence suggests that December may not have been as strong […]
  • David Harris
  • January 13, 2015

Sodexi launches new express freight hub at CDG

France-based express package handler Sodexi, a joint venture of Air France-KLM (65%) and Geopost (35%), began operation of a new 7,600 sq m (818,000 sq ft) express freight terminal at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport this week. The €22 million facility, owned and developed by Aéroports de Paris, but financed by Sodexi, has an annual capacity of up to […]
  • David Harris
  • January 9, 2015

What is going on in Europe?

While all indications are that carriers and airports in the rest of the world will report continuing strong cargo growth for August, Europe’s big three carriers are still appear to be operating in the cargo environment of two years ago. As has been widely reported, Air France-KLM’s cargo operation has been losing money for several […]
  • David Harris
  • September 10, 2014

Martinair to get the chop? All eyes on Amsterdam…

Update with breaking news: Our guess, and the rumors reported below, turns out to be correct. Following the extraordinary Board meeting in Amsterdam today, Air France-KLM CEO Alexandre de Juniac announced that the carrier would “accelerate the retirement” of many of its freighters, reducing the fleet from fourteen units today, to just five – two 777Fs […]
  • David Harris
  • September 4, 2014

Martinair’s days appear numbered

Air France-KLM released its second-quarter and first-half results today, and while the passenger and maintenance operations were both profitable, continuing losses in the cargo business continue to drag on the company’s bottom line. The solution? Cut back further on freighter operations. Air France-KLM has long been one of the biggest cargo carriers in the world, […]
  • David Harris
  • July 25, 2014
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