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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 […]

More freighters for AirBridge

AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) will take two more freighters into its fleet this year – and has said it is considering a further two. Speaking to Cargo Facts’ European editor Alex Lennane, ABC’s Executive President Denis Ilin said that one 747-400ERF, formerly oper­ated by KLM/Martinair Cargo (35233), was completing test flights in Amsterdam in early January in anticipation […]

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 […]

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, […]

Martinair for sale? Who will buy it?

Earlier this year we reported that Air France-KLM, which has been gradually paring back its main-deck capacity, was considering exiting the main-deck freight business altogether. The subject was discussed at a AF-KLM Board meeting early in the second quarter of this year, and while no public announcement was made at that time,  one observer at […]

Air France-KLM considers ending freighter operations

Air France-KLM is reported to be considering exiting the main-deck freight business. The Bloomberg news service quoted “two people familiar with the carrier’s plans” as saying Air France-KLM is about to undertake a review of its money-losing cargo business, with ending freighter operation one of the options. After seeing losses steadily mount in its cargo […]

Princess Maxima

A real live Princess? Martinair Holland’s “Prinses Máxima” – PH-MCU (id: 48757/606) is seen here heading home to Amsterdam Schiphol from Seatac on a dreary afternoon in light rain. The freighter was built for Martinair in 1996 and first flew in the old colors of the AF-KLM subsidiary. It was repainted with a special floral […]
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