Air France-KLM, Martinair Expand Services

Air France-KLM, Martinair Expand Services

Air France-KLM Cargo and Martinair Cargo will jointly roll out a raft of new services from Europe to China, the U.S. and Africa.

From April 11, the carriers will fly three times a week between Paris and Wuhan in China using a B777-200ER. Then on May 15, a new service from Amsterdam to Lusaka in Zambia will begin, aimed at the export of fresh cargoes from Africa on non-stop flights to Europe.

Burgeoning demand for direct capacity between Africa and Asia prompts the launch of a new “Safari connection,” a joint venture freighter service between KLM and Kenya Airways operated by a 747 Martinair. “This offers customers in China the opportunity to send freight and parcels to the many destinations in Africa served by KQ beyond Nairobi,” the carriers said.

The bi-weekly route serves Amsterdam, Sharjah, Guangzhou, Nairobi and Lagos.

The carriers’ combined summer schedule includes a strengthening of links to existing destinations from Paris into N’djamena, Chad, and Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, while a bi-weekly freighter service from Paris will start operating on March 25 to Atlanta and freighter services to Mexico City will be upgraded to daily.

A bi-weekly main deck service from Paris to New York will commence on March 25, and capacity into Chicago and San Francisco will increase.

A new service from Amsterdam to Luanda will also be launched on March 25, and as the year progresses, additional capacity on services from Amsterdam will be rolled out to Los Angeles, Hangzhou, Calgary and Cairo.

Contact Mike King at michael@borderline.eu.com.