Air France-KLM and CMA CGM officially launch their long-term strategic air cargo partnership

Air France-KLM and the CMA CGM Group announced today the effective launch of the long-term strategic air cargo partnership they made public in May 2022. This partnership will have an initial duration of 10 years and will see Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo, part of Air France-KLM Group, and CMA CGM Air Cargo, part of the CMA CGM Group, combine their complementary cargo networks, full freighter capacity and dedicated services to build an even more compelling offering thanks to their unrivalled knowhow and global footprint.

This agreement has received all the mandatory regulatory approvals from the competent authorities (The current scope of the cooperation excludes North America (U.S.A., Mexico, Canada), Russia, Turkey, and Mauritius.).

Meeting customers’ needs with services across the globe
The partnership will help meet customers' ever-increasing need for more integrated and resilient supply chains. It will leverage Air France-KLM’s vast air cargo franchise, experience and capabilities, especially as they pertain to specialized cargo (pharmaceuticals, perishables, express, etc.), backed by a worldwide cargo network and state-of-the-art facilities at its global hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. For its part, CMA CGM will mobilize its large commercial network and global logistics platform.

More capacity with a modern, efficient and more sustainable full-freighter fleet
With this deal, Air France-KLM and CMA CGM will jointly operate the full-freighter aircraft capacity of their respective airlines. Their combined capacity currently consists of a modern and efficient fleet of up to 12 full-freighter aircraft:  

  • 6 full-freighter aircraft at CMA CGM Air Cargo, initially based at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport (with outstanding orders for an additional 6 aircraft,);
  • 6 full-freighter aircraft at Air France-KLM Group based at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (with outstanding orders for 8 aircraft, notably replacing the existing fleet).

The commercial partnership also covers Air France-KLM’s belly aircraft capacity, including 160+ long-haul aircraft.

All set for the future of air cargo
In addition, this partnership aims at strengthening the companies' competitiveness in the air cargo industry.

With a shared ambition to invest in and shape the future of air cargo business, the two partners will develop game-changing solutions through the continued optimization of resources and processes to levels exceeding industry standards, and press on with their efforts in the field of smart digitalization intended to benefit the industry as a whole.

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