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Martinair Holland


Martinair Holland is a Dutch cargo airline that is headquartered and based at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and is a subsidiary to Air France-KLM. The airline was established in 1958 and today forms part of the KLM group. The airline was first known as Martin’s Air Charter in 1958 and then in 1966, the airline’s name as changed to Martinair Holland.

Martinair Holland operates three core businesses:

  • Martinair Cargo – an airfreight carrier
  • Martinair Flight Academy – pilot training facility
  • Regional Jet Centre Martinair – maintenance and engineering company

Martinair Holland terminated its passengers operations at the end of 2011 and has since then only focused on it airfreight and cargo business. From then on, Air France-KLM Cargo and Martinair Holland have begun cooperating closely, incorporating their commercial activities with each other.

The airline transports a wide variety of good by air to many destinations around the world. They specialise in transporting temperature-sensitive goods such as pharmaceuticals, fresh flowers, fruit and vegetables. As a result of the airlines total temperature control during the flight, the products arrive at their destinations in perfect condition. Along with this, the airline has built such a great reputation in the field of livestock transportation which means that horses are flown on an almost daily basis to destinations around the world.

Martinair Holland now operates cargo flights in which they transport wild animals such as rhinos, lions and tigers. This transportation is done frequently within the scope of the programmes which are directed at saving endangered species. The airline has been transporting the Formula 1 circus during the Grand Prix season for many years.

Martinair Holland operates flights and services to all continents worldwide from its home base in Schipol. The fleet consists of:

  • Boeing 747-400ERFs
  • Boeing 747-400BCFs
  • MD-11Fs

In 1991, the first aircraft with the name “Martinair Cargo” was introduced and the name “Holland” was dropped from all aircraft.

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