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For the American cargo airline, see Martinaire.
Martinair logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 24 May 1958
Hubs Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Fleet size 8 (incl. leased aircraft)
Destinations 32
Company slogan Your choice
Parent company Air France-KLM
Headquarters Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands
Key people

Martinair Holland N.V., operating as Martinair, is a Dutch airline based in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area in Netherlands. The airline was founded in 1958 by Martin Schröder. Since 2011, Martinair operates entirely as a cargo airline with services to over 50 destinations worldwide. Prior to that date, passenger flights were also operated. Flights are on a scheduled basis, but charter services are also operated. The Martinair headquarters are in the TransPort Building on the grounds of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.


Early years[edit]

Martin's Air Charter de Havilland Dove in the early 1960s
Martinair Convair 640 in 1967

The airline was founded on 24 May 1958 as Martin's Air Charter (MAC), by Martin Schröder and John Block, with one aircraft, a de Havilland Dove and five employees.[1] In 1963 Mr. Schröder sold 49% of the company to four equal shipping company shareholders (12.25% each, these eventually combining as Nedlloyd). KLM would later purchase the 50+% that Mr. Schröder owned, buying him out. The name was changed to Martinair Holland in 1966. A healthy boost came in 1967 with the opening of business to the United States. Martinair became all jet-powered in 1971.[2]

In 1991, the first aircraft with the "Martinair Cargo" name was introduced, and "Holland" was dropped from all aircraft. In 1996, Martinair bought a 40% stake in Colombian cargo carrier TAMPA Cargo, based in Medellín, which it increased to 58% in 2003. The share in TAMPA was sold in February 2008 to Avianca, a Colombian company.

Martinair President and CEO Martin Schröder, who received the Tony Jannus Award in 1995 for his contributions to commercial aviation, retired in 1998 from day-to-day activities. Also that year, the European Commission in Brussels refused KLM's offer to purchase Nedlloyd's shares, which would have made KLM the sole owner.

The first McDonnell Douglas MD-11 was delivered in December 1994. Throughout the next three years six other brand-new MD-11's were delivered to Martinair. In total four McDonnell Douglas MD-11CFs (Convertible Freighter) and two full freighters were delivered.[3][4] Martinair was the launch customer of the convertible freighter. In 2004 another MD-11F was added to the fleet, this one was previously owned by Swissair and then converted to full freighter.[5] From 1995 to 2006 some of the convertible MD-11 were reconfigured to transport passengers in the high passenger peaks during the summer period. The passenger configuration was fitted with 390 seats.[6] After 2006 the demand lowered and Martinair did not need extra seats anymore.

Development since the 2000s[edit]

In 2006 Martinair purchased four Boeing 747-400s from Singapore Airlines. These passenger planes were converted to freighters to replace the older Boeing 747-200Fs.

In June 2007, Martinair announced that it wanted one shareholder, preferably KLM, and in 2008 permission was obtained from the European commission. The transfer of remaining shares took place on 31 December 2008.[7] In November 2007, Martinair ceased its short haul operations to concentrate on its cargo activities and intercontinental flights.

In 2009 three out of the four 747s were stored because of the economic crisis. In September 2010, a restructuring was announced: this would involve dropping all passenger services from November 2011, which will be partly taken over by KLM, and leaving only cargo services.[8] In November 2010, the European Commission fined Martinair €29.5 million, following an investigation into price-fixing.[9]

In the end of 2010 two of the 747-400s were leased to Air Cargo Germany.[10][11] The remaining 747 (PH-MPS) returned into service in May 2011 with an untitled colour scheme, because Martinair wasn't sure yet if the plane would remain operating for them.[12]

In October 2011, Martinair ceased passenger service, which it had operated since its founding in 1958. Martinair had passenger service throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa from Amsterdam. The last passenger flight took place on 31 October 2011, leaving it as a freight carrier only until today.[13]

In March 2015, Air France-KLM announced to shrink their dedicated cargo operations. Therefore, all of Martinair's McDonnell Douglas MD-11Fs will be phased out by 2016 without replacement. Additionally, 330 jobs might be cut due to the downsizing.[14]

Corporate affairs[edit]


TransPort Building houses the head offices of Martinair and Transavia

Martinair has its head office in the TransPort Building, Schiphol East,[15] on the grounds of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands.[16] Martinair moved to its current head office on Friday 4 June 2010.[15] The TransPort Building, developed by Schiphol Real Estate, houses both Martinair and Transavia,[17] which moved into TransPort on 3 May 2010.[18]

Construction on the building, which has 10,800 square metres (116,000 sq ft) of lettable space, began on 17 March 2009. Schiphol Group and the architect firm Paul de Ruiter designed the building, while De Vries and Verburg, a firm of Stolwijk, constructed the building.[19] The Dutch Green Building Council awarded its first Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM-NL) certificate to Schiphol Real Estate for building the TransPort Building.[17] In 2011 the United States Green Building Council awarded TransPort the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.[20] A parking facility is located beneath the TransPort building, with parking available by payment.[21]

The airline previously occupied the Schiphol Center (Dutch: Schiphol Centrum) at Schiphol Airport.[22][23][24][25] After Martinair moved into the new building, Martinair sold its old head office back to the airport.[22]

In addition to its headquarters at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Martinair operates offices around the globe. The first international office has been opened in Hong Kong in 1975. Martinair USA, later Martinair Americas Originally operated in New York City, but the USA operations office moved to Boca Raton, Florida in the Miami Metropolitan Area in 1993. This office moved again and is currently located in Doral, Florida in the Miami area.[26] This office is in the Doral Corporate Center One.[27][28][29]

Other major offices internationally include Frankfurt, Germany; London, UK; Brussels, Belgium; Nairobi, Kenya; Bogotá, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Quito, Ecuador; and Santiago, Chile.


A now retired Martinair Boeing 767-300ER passenger aircraft

The Martinair Flight Academy[30] is a Flight Academy Based at Lelystad Airport for both Private Pilot training and Airline Transport Pilot training. Currently MFA operates four Socata TB-10s and two Socata TB-20s.[31] In 2011 a Diamond DA42 NG was added to the fleet.[32] Additionally, Martinair operates the Regional Jet Center, a technical service center.

Marketing slogans[edit]

Over the years, Martinair has used numerous slogans. Some of these include:

  • The Other Dutch Airline - Late 1980s-1990s
  • Forty Years and Still Flying Young - circa 1994-1997[33]
  • Your Wings - 2000s
  • The Can Do Crew - 2000s (cargo operations)
  • Your Choice - 2010 to Present


Martinair operates worldwide freighter services. The airline ended passenger operations in October 2011 after a 53-year run, for destinations served during the period at different stages see:

Further information: Martinair destinations


As of June 2015, the Martinair fleet consists of the following aircraft:[34]

Martinair fleet
Aircraft In service On order Cargo Capacity Notes
Boeing 747-400BCF 1 1 113.489 kg
Boeing 747-400ERF 3 112.760 kg leased from KLM and operated in KLM Cargo livery
McDonnell Douglas MD-11F 4 82.000 kg PH-MCW named Martin Schröder after the airline's founder
to be phased out by 2016[14]
Total 8 1

Incidents and accidents[edit]



  1. ^ Air International March 1973, pp. 122–123.
  2. ^ Short history of Martinair at
  3. ^ More Fleet Details – Martinair
  4. ^ MD-11 Details
  5. ^ PH-MCY general information – MD-11 information
  6. ^ Martinair's Corporate Video 2003 Starts at 4:00 information about the reconfiguration of the MD-11.
  7. ^ "KLM to become Martinair's sole shareholder", Martinair Media Releases page. Accessed: 18 December 2008
  8. ^ "Martinair to axe passenger operation next year". 23 September 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "E.U. Fines 11 Airlines Over Billion in Cargo Cartel". The New York Times. 9 November 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  10. ^ History of the PH-MPQ Two Boeing 747s were leased to Air Cargo Germany
  11. ^ History of the PH-MPP Two Boeing 747s were leased to Air Cargo Germany
  12. ^ The Last 747 returns to service – Written in Dutch
  13. ^ "Laatste passagiersvlucht Martinair". Blik op 31 October 2011. Archived from the original on 1 November 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  14. ^ a b
  15. ^ a b "New visiting address Martinair Headquarters." Martinair. Retrieved on 16 February 2011. "Martinair’s head office will relocate to the new TransPort building at Schiphol East on Friday, June 4, 2010." and "Visiting address Martinair Holland N.V. Piet Guilonardweg 17 1117 EE Schiphol"
  16. ^ "Worldwide Offices." Martinair. Retrieved on 16 February 2011. "Martinair HQ Postbus 7507 1118 ZG Schiphol Airport "
  17. ^ a b "New building Martinair Headquarters." Martinair. Retrieved on 16 February 2011.
  18. ^ "Proud of our new energy-saving head office." Public Report 2009/2010. 8 (8/13). Retrieved on 16 February 2011.
  19. ^ "Schiphol Real Estate delivers "TransPort" sustainable office building." (PDF) Schiphol Group. Retrieved on Wednesday February 16, 2011.
  20. ^ "Schiphol awarded first LEED Platinum certification for sustainable construction in the Netherlands." Schiphol Group. 17 January 2011. Retrieved on 16 February 2011.
  21. ^ "Visiting address and directions." Transavia. Retrieved on 7 February 2011. "Piet Guilonardweg 15: TransPort Building 1117 EE Schiphol Airport PO Box 7777, 1118 ZM Schiphol Airport (NL)."
  22. ^ a b "History." Martinair. Retrieved on 16 February 2011.
  23. ^ "Geschiedenis." Martinair. Retrieved on 16 February 2011.
  24. ^ "Martinair Customer Contact Center." Martinair. Retrieved on 16 February 2011. "Martinair Holland N.V. Havenmeesterweg 201 1118 CD Schiphol Centrum The Netherlands"
  25. ^ "Colofon." Jaar Verslag 2006 Annual Report 2007." Martinair. Retrieved on 16 February 2011. "Martinair Holland N.V. Havenmeesterweg 201 Postbus 7507 1118 ZG Luchthaven Schip"
  26. ^ "Martinair Customer Contact Center" (Archive). Martinair. February 17, 2010. Retrieved on September 21, 2014. Martinair, the Americas Americas Headquarters 8750 NW 36th Street, Suite 300 Doral, FL 33178"
  27. ^ "Worldwide Offices" (Archive). Martinair. Retrieved on March 8, 2009. "Martinair, the Americas Americas Headquarters 8750 NW 36th Street, Suite 300 Doral, FL 33178"
  28. ^ "Doral Corporate Center." Hines Interests Limited Partnership. Retrieved on September 6, 2009.
  29. ^ Bowden, Marilyn. "Hines buys Doral Corporate Center for $55.75 million." Miami Today. Week of December 7, 2006. Retrieved on September 6, 2009.
  30. ^ Martinair Vliegschool
  31. ^ Netherlands civil aircraft register search, using "Martinair Vestiging Vliegveld Lelystad" as the search parameter. Search conducted 18 December 2008.
  32. ^ Photo of delivery-flight
  33. ^
  34. ^ - Martinair
  35. ^ Aviation-Safety PH-MBH accident description page. Retrieved: 18 December 2008
  36. ^ Aviation-Safety PH-MBN accident description page. Retrieved: 18 December 2008


  • "A Sheep With Five Legs", Air Enthusiast 4 (3), Bromley, England: Fine Scroll, March 1973, pp. 121–124, 146 

External links[edit]

Media related to Martinair at Wikimedia Commons