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Martinair is an airline headquartered on the grounds of Schiphol Airportmarker in Haarlemmermeermarker, the Netherlandsmarker. It operates passenger and cargo services to over 50 destinations worldwide. Services are largely on a scheduled basis, but charter services are also operated. Its main base is Amsterdam Airport Schipholmarker.


The airline was founded on 24 May 1958 as Martin's Air Charter (MAC), by J. Martin Schröder, with one aircraft and five employees. 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 Statesmarker. Martinair became all jet-powered in 1971.

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 Colombianmarker cargo carrier TAMPA Cargo, based in Medellínmarker. 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 Commissionmarker in Brussels refused KLM's offer to purchase Nedlloyd's shares, which would have made KLM the sole owner. In 2003 the company increased its stake in TAMPA Cargo to 58%, becoming Tampa's majority shareholder.

On 22 June 2007, Martinair announced that it wanted one shareholder, preferably KLM. In November 2007 Martinair ceased its short haul operations to concentrate on its cargo activities and intercontinental flights. In February 2008, Martinair sold its share in Tampa to Avianca of Colombia. On 17 December 2008 Martinair announced that it had secured European Commission approval to have KLM as its only shareholder, the transfer of remaining shares took place on 31 December 2008.On the 5th February 2009 KLM said it is investigating the option of incorporating Martinair and Transavia, both fully owned by KLM, into the KLM brand. KLM wants to create "classic" and "light" versions of itself. Martinair is becoming the light version for intercontinental flights.

Incidents and accidents




Martinair Cargo has extensive operations in most parts of the world. It flies converted Boeing 747-400s (known as 747-400SFs or -400BCFs) to the Middle East, Far-East and Australia, and McDonnell Douglas MD-11Fs to destinations in Europe, the Americas, and Africa.


The fleet of Martinair includes the following aircraft.

Aircraft Total Notes
Boeing 767-300ER 4
Martinair Cargo
Boeing 747-400ERF 2 Leased from KLM
McDonnell Douglas MD-11F 7

As of December 2008 the Martinair average fleet age is 16 years.


  1. " Worldwide Offices." Martinair. Retrieved on 30 October 2009.
  2. Short history of Martinair at
  3. "KLM to become Martinair's sole shareholder", Martinair Media Releases page. Accessed: 18 December 2008
  4. KLM wants to go classic and light
  5. Aviation-Safety PH-MBH accident description page. Retrieved: 18 December 2008
  6. Aviation-Safety PH-MBN accident description page. Retrieved: 18 December 2008
  7. Netherlands civil aircraft register search, using "Martinair Vestiging Vliegveld Lelystad" as the search parameter. Search conducted 18 December 2008.
  8. Martinair fleet age at accessed 18 December 2008.

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