Founded 1958
Hubs Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Fleet size 15
Destinations 32
Company slogan "Your choice"
Parent company Air France-KLM
Headquarters Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands
Key people Martin Schröder
Paul Gregorowitsch
(President & CEO)[1]
Diederik Pen (CEO from September 2011)

For the American cargo airline, see Martinaire.

Martinair Holland N.V., operating as Martinair, is an airline headquartered in the TransPort Building on the grounds of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands. It operates cargo services to over 50 destinations worldwide. Services are largely on a scheduled basis, but charter services are also operated. Its main base is Schiphol Airport.



Martin's Air Charter de Havilland Dove at Groningen Airport in the early 1960s.

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.

A former Martinair Boeing 767-300ER takes off from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands. (2008)

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. 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.[4]

In November 2007, Martinair ceased its short haul operations to concentrate on its cargo activities and intercontinental flights. In September 2010, a restructuring was announced: this will involve dropping all passenger services from November 2011, which will be operated by KLM, and leaving only cargo services.[5] In November 2010, the European Commission fined Martinair €29.5 million, following an investigation into price-fixing.[6]

On 31 October 2011, Martinair flew its last passenger flight, leaving it as a freight carrier only.[7]

Corporate affairs

Head office

TransPort Building - Houses the head offices of Martinair and

Martinair has its head office in the TransPort Building, Schiphol East,[8] on the grounds of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands.[9] Martinair moved to its current head office on Friday 4 June 2010.[8] The TransPort Building, developed by Schiphol Real Estate, houses both Martinair and,[10] which moved into TransPort on 3 May 2010.[11] 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.[12] 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.[10] In 2011 the United States Green Building Council awarded TransPort the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.[13] A parking facility is located beneath the TransPort building, with parking available by payment.[14]

The airline previously occupied the Schiphol Center (Dutch: Schiphol Centrum) at Schiphol Airport.[15][16][17][18] After Martinair moved into the new building, Martinair sold its old head office back to the airport.[15]



Martinair ended passenger operations in October 2011 after a 53 year run, for destinations served during the period at different stages see:

Martinair Cargo continues operating freighter services


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 McDonnell Douglas MD-11Fs to destinations in Europe, the Americas, and Africa.


A Martinair Cargo Boeing 747-400BCF takes off at Sydney Airport, Australia.
Convair 640 in 1967

Martinair Cargo fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of November 2011):[20]

At 22 January 2010, Martinair Cargo average fleet age is 16 years.[21]

Incidents and accidents


  1. ^ People: August, 2007 at Air Cargo World
  2. ^ Air International March 1973, pp. 122–123.
  3. ^ Short history of Martinair at
  4. ^ "KLM to become Martinair's sole shareholder", Martinair Media Releases page. Accessed: 18 December 2008
  5. ^ "Martinair to axe passenger operation next year". 23 September 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "E.U. Fines 11 Airlines Over Billion in Cargo Cartel". The New York Times. 9 November 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Laatste passagiersvlucht Martinair". Blik op 31 October 2011. Archived from the original on 1 November 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  8. ^ 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"
  9. ^ "Worldwide Offices." Martinair. Retrieved on 16 February 2011. "Martinair HQ Postbus 7507 1118 ZG Schiphol Airport "
  10. ^ a b "New building Martinair Headquarters." Martinair. Retrieved on 16 February 2011.
  11. ^ "Proud of our new energy-saving head office." Public Report 2009/2010. 8 (8/13). Retrieved on 16 February 2011.
  12. ^ "Schiphol Real Estate delivers "TransPort" sustainable office building." (PDF) Schiphol Group. Retrieved on Wednesday February 16, 2011.
  13. ^ "Schiphol awarded first LEED Platinum certification for sustainable construction in the Netherlands." Schiphol Group. 17 January 2011. Retrieved on 16 February 2011.
  14. ^ "Visiting address and directions." Retrieved on 7 February 2011. "Piet Guilonardweg 15: TransPort Building 1117 EE Schiphol Airport PO Box 7777, 1118 ZM Schiphol Airport (NL)."
  15. ^ a b "History." Martinair. Retrieved on 16 February 2011.
  16. ^ "Geschiedenis." Martinair. Retrieved on 16 February 2011.
  17. ^ "Martinair Customer Contact Center." Martinair. Retrieved on 16 February 2011. "Martinair Holland N.V. Havenmeesterweg 201 1118 CD Schiphol Centrum The Netherlands"
  18. ^ "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"
  19. ^ Netherlands civil aircraft register search, using "Martinair Vestiging Vliegveld Lelystad" as the search parameter. Search conducted 18 December 2008.
  20. ^ Martinair Cargo Fleet
  21. ^ Martinair Fleet Age accessed 18 December 2008.
  22. ^ Aviation-Safety PH-MBH accident description page. Retrieved: 18 December 2008
  23. ^ Aviation-Safety PH-MBN accident description page. Retrieved: 18 December 2008
  • "A Sheep With Five Legs", Air Enthusiast, 4, Bromley, England: Fine Scroll, March 1973, pp. 121–124, 146 

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