Martinair Cargo cuts jobs and aircraft

Dutch airline Martinair Cargo is scrapping 300 jobs and six out of ten aircraft, leaving only four Boeing 747 freighters flying from Amsterdam Schiphol. Parent company Air France-KLM announced the plans on Monday 16 March 2015.

Among the jobs cut are 110 cockpit crew positions. A small numbers of pilots will transfer to Transavia, but possibilities outside Air France-KLM are also being explored.

The transformation into an all Boeing 747 freighter fleet should be complete by June 2016. It means six McDonnell Douglas MD-11 cargo liners will have to make way. The only other full cargo aircraft operated by Air France-KLM, will be two Boeing 777 full freighters from Paris Charles de Gaulle IAP.

© 2015 editor Elmer van Hest
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