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UK Northeast: Steel and boxes keep ports busy p.18

US East Coast: New York ready for the big ship era p.32


Migrants beseige Channel Ports

CMA CGM Set to join new box grouping

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Maritime buys out Roadways


Freight Audit & Pay

Changing market forces Air France-KLM to cut freighters

Air France-KLM is to drastically reduce its full-freighter operations to reflect a changing and declining market for air cargo. The carrier announced on 4 September that it would reduce its fleet based in

Amsterdam to three aircraſt, phasing out five MD-11s in 2015 and 2016. By then, the group will operate five full-freighter aircraſt: two Boeing 777F in Paris

and three Boeing 747ERF in Amsterdam, compared with a total of 14 in 2013. Air France had already announced the withdrawal of two 747F’s. A former Martinair 747DCF will also be retained as a back-up aircraſt. A spokesman for the carrier said that while there would be a drastic reduction in the

freighter fleet, it would still allow it to offer maindeck capacity to all destinations, albeit with reduced frequerncy in some cases. However, with new generation passenger


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aircraſt with enhanced bellyhold capacity entering the fleet, global capacity would be cut by only a small amount, he pointed out. Around 90% of all airfreight worldwide can be carried on passenger aircraſt, he added. Moreover, Air France-KLM is increasingly focussed on specialised segments such as pharmaceuticals and express. There is currently overcapacity on almost all major trade lanes and the freighter fleet

had been running up increasing losses. The group says it intends to find alternative employment internally for all affected staff. l Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo has launched a new weekly (Tuesday) freighter

service from Amsterdam Schiphol to Entebbe, operated by a 747-400ERF. The carrier is also offering a new freighter flight between Amsterdam and Guatemala every Tuesday, returning on Wednesday via Quito, Bogota and Miami.


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