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Martinair

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Martinair aircraft at Amsterdam (Schiphol) Airport, the Netherlands (two McDonnell Douglas MD-11 and a Boeing 747)

Martinair is both a charter and scheduled airline based in the Netherlands, with daily passenger or cargo charter and regular flights to many destinations around the world from its main base of Schiphol International Airport(AMS) near Amsterdam. Martinair occasionally flies certain flights instead of KLM. Martinair also flies some destinations full time with KLM code. The airline has hubs at Sharjah International Airport (SHJ), Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) and Miami International Airport (MIA).

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Code Data

  • IATA Code: MP
  • ICAO Code: MPH
  • Callsign: Martinair

History

The airline was founded on 24 May 1958 as Martin's Air Charter (MAC), by J. Martin Schröder, with one plane. In 1963 Mr. Schröder sold 49% of the company to four equal shipping company shareholders (12.25% each, Nedlloyd would wind up one of them). KLM would later purchase the 50+% that Mr. Schröder owned, buying him out. Named changed to Martinair Holland, from MAC in 1966. A healthy boost came in 1967 with the opening of business to the United States. Martinair becomes all jet-powered in 1971. Tragedy struck when a Martinair DC-8 on landing approach to Colombo, Sri Lanka flew into the side of a mountain on 4 December 1974, killing 184 Indonesian passengers and 7 Dutch crew members. 1991, the first aircraft with the "Martinair Cargo" name is introduced, and the "Holland" is dropped from all aircraft. The company's second crash occured at Faro Portugal when a DC-10 crashed 21 December 1992, killing 56 people (including 2 crew members), out of 340 people on board. Martinair buys a 40% stake in Colombian cargo carrier TAMPA Cargo, based in Medellín, in 1996. Martinair President & CEO Martin Schröder retires from day-to-day activities with the company in 1998. Also that year, the European Commission in Brussels refused KLM's offer to purcahse Nedlloyd's shares, which would have made KLM the sole-owner. In 2003 the company increased its stake in TAMPA Cargo, becoming Tampa's majority shareholder.

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Subsidiaries

  • Martinair Flying School
  • Martinair Food (Marfo - airline meal service provider)
  • Martinair Partyservice (special events catering services)
  • Martinair Promotions (hostess product demonstrations/greeting @ seminars, conferences, business events, expositions, & VIP receptions)
  • Skyjob (temporary employment agency, flying courses, occupational health & safety services, promotional activities).

Services

International scheduled services (at January 2005): Cancun, Colombo, Havana, Holguin, Kathmandu, Miami, Montego Bay, Orlando, Portamar, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, San José, Santo Domingo, Sharjah, Tobago and Varadero.

Martinair also operates charter flights inside Europe and North Africa with single class Airbus A320 aircraft, and in peak times converts one or two of its Boeing MD-11 aircrafts to carry extra passengers.

The largest scheduled block of flights is Martinair's freight operation, utilising MD-11 and Boeing 747 aircraft, operating scheduled freight flights worldwide.

Fleet

The Martinair fleet consists of the following aircraft (at April 2005):

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Copyright note

Photo copyrighted by, and courtesy of, Mr. Marcel Venema and the Dutch Ops.

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