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Air France-KLM and CMA-CGM launch their strategic cargo partnership
Air France-KLM and CMA-CGM launch their strategic cargo partnership
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| HEGUY Jean-Baptiste | Source : Air&Cosmos 404 mots

Air France-KLM and CMA-CGM launch their strategic cargo partnership

This partnership, announced in May 2022, was set up in the context of the acquisition of a 9% stake in Air France-KLM by CMA-CGM.

As announced in May 2022, Air France-KLM and CMA-CGM today officially launched their strategic partnership in air cargo, following CMA-CGM's acquisition of a 9% stake in Air France-KLM as part of the recapitalization of the French-Dutch airline group. 

Combined cargo capacity and access to Air France and KLM bunker capacity

Under the ten-year partnership, Air France-KLM and CMA-CGM will jointly operate the all-cargo aircraft capacities of their respective airlines: 6 aircraft for CMA-CGM (2 Boeing 777F and 4 Airbus A330 freighter) and 6 for Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo (2 Boeing 777 Cargo at AIr France, 2 Boeing 747 for KLM and 2 Boeing 747 for Martinair). CMA-CGM has also ordered six additional aircraft (3 Boeing 777 Cargo and 4 Airbus A350F). Air France-KLM has eight Airbus A350F on its order book (4 for Air France and 4 for Martinair). Under the partnership, CMA-CGM will also have access to the hold cargo capacity of Air France and KLM's 160 long-haul aircraft.

One-stop customer service

In addition to this pooled capacity, customers of both partners already benefit from direct access to a dedicated online platform ("myCargo") as well as digital services available 24/7 to easily make reservations. An expert customer service is available to quickly find solutions adapted to each need. Since March 20, 2023, CMA-CGM flights have been accessible on myCargo and customers can easily book and combine flights operated by Air France, KLM, Martinair and CMA CGM Air Cargo via a single digital window. 

Air France KLM Cargo and CMA-CGM's decarbonization commitments

The two groups also intend to be at the forefront of sustainable aviation and have committed to achieving the "net zero" CO2 emissions target, by 2050. They plan to reduce their environmental footprint by investing in fleet renewal, with firm orders for new generation aircraft (including the Airbus A350F), and by using sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). In December 2021, Air France-KLM launched the world's first SAF program in the air cargo sector, enabling freight forwarders and carriers to make a concrete contribution to reducing CO2 emissions in the aviation sector. For its part, CMA-CGM has decided to create an Energy Fund. With a budget of $1.5 billion over 5 years, and managed by a dedicated team, this fund aims to accelerate the energy transition in order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. It invests to support the industrial production of new fuels, as well as low-carbon mobility solutions across the Group's businesses. 

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