Air France-KLM to further reduce freighter fleet

The Franco-Dutch cargo carrier has decided to further prune its freighter fleet after earlier this year announcing it was to shed part of its maindeck capacity in favour of passenger bellies. Already 70 per cent of cargo is carried in the belly of its substantial passenger fleet.


Air France-KLM to further reduce freighter fleet


The Franco-Dutch cargo carrier has decided to further prune its freighter fleet after earlier this year announcing it was to shed part of its maindeck capacity in favour of passenger bellies. Already 70 per cent of cargo is carried in the belly of its substantial passenger fleet.

From this summer, KLM-Martinair will cut an MD-11F and B747-400ERF, thus reducing the freighter fleet of the Dutch components of the group to eight freighters. By Spring 2015 all B747- 400ERF aircraft will be removed from the fleet and this will leave Air France operating only two B777 freighters.

With these measures, the company intends to return to the black after two years of red ink: In 2012 the group lost €203 million and in just the first nine months of last year, the losses amounted to €184 million. 2013 has also saw a decline in traffic in terms of tonne kilometers, down by 4.6 per cent compared to a year earlier, with a load factor of 64.4 per cent.

Meanwhile, Air France is increasing its service to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during this summer spurred by the successful launch of this destination in April 2013.

In January, Air France is increased by 25 per cent its capacity to Kuala Lumpur by upgrading the aircraft to a B777-200 and from 16 June an additional frequency between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Kuala Lumpur will be added bringing the total up to four times weekly.