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KLM accelerates sustainability efforts with Martinair A350F order

Airbus A350F freighter aircraft in flight

Martinair has placed a firm order with Airbus for four new A350F freighter aircraft.

Part of the KLM Group, Martinair is the operating carrier for KLM Cargo.

The new aircraft will replace its current Boeing 747 freighters from the second half of 2026.

The A350F is suitable for carrying a range of cargos, including fresh produce, express shipments, pharmaceuticals, horses and oversized cargo. The maximum payload of the chosen configuration is 108 tonnes.

“Fleet renewal is an important part of KLM’s ambition to become more sustainable. In this, we take our responsibility,” said KLM’s CEO Marjan Rintel. “We want to emit less CO₂ because of the climate and reduce noise for local residents. The A350F reduces CO₂ by over 40 per cent and noise by 50 per cent compared to their predecessors.

“That is why we decided to place this order earlier than originally planned. Instead of in 2027, we will replace the freighters from autumn 2026. We are accelerating KLM’s sustainability efforts with this.”

Adriaan den Heijer, executive vice president Air France-KLM Cargo and managing director Martinair, commented: “In choosing the A350F, we are taking an important step to cut CO₂ emissions and noise pollution. I am very pleased with these new, technologically advanced aircraft joining the fleet, which fit well in the Air France KLM Martinair Cargo operation. For our customers, the versatility of the A350F is good news for the future. The new aircraft are an important addition, supplementing the belly capacity of our extensive intercontinental passenger fleet.”

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