MARTINAIR HOLLAND PLANS US-EUROPE EXPANSION

MARTINAIR HOLLAND PLANS US-EUROPE EXPANSION

Dutch supplemental carrier Martinair Holland is looking to expand its regular freighter operations between the United States and Europe.

At the moment, the company operates a basic schedule of one DC10 freighter service a week between Seattle on the U.S. West Coast and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands.That frequency was increased to two during most weeks of the winter, primarily to cater to fast-growing sea-air traffic out of Japan, and now

Martinair hopes to make that two-flight operation a regular feature from next autumn.

We are also now looking at the possibility of adding a second destination in the United States but at the moment we have not determined which one, commented Martinair's senior vice president sales and marketing, Frank Allard.

Elsewhere, Martinair is targetting Singapore as the likely next addition to its growing range of regular services between Europe and Far East/Australiasia where it currently runs a base program of five DC10 and B747 freighter flights a week to service Taiwan (Taipai), Hong Kong and Sydney, Australia.

At the moment, we make technical stops in Singapore but now we would like to start making regular commercial stops as well. We have applied to the Singapore authorities for traffic rights and bearing in mind Singapore's stated intention to try and attract more transshipment business we are hopeful we will get the go-ahead, said Mr. Allard.

In addition to the base program of regular freighter operations, Martinair also fulfills its role as a supplemental carrier by putting on many additional Far East flights to meet peak period demands.