Air France KLM Martinair Cargo ready to transport COVID-19 vaccines


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Air France KLM Martinair Cargo strives to offer a global air cargo network to help maintain supply chains
operation. This has always been essential, but even more since the outbreak of Covid-19
pandemic, by ensuring that health establishments and individuals have access to medicines,
medical equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE). Since the start of the crisis, we have
gradually rebuilding our network mainly for expeditions linked to relief.

Over the past few months, we have constantly added new destinations and flights to our network, primarily on a freight-only basis. We use our passenger planes for freight charter purposes and have made full use of our fleet of cargo planes. Since the start of the pandemic, we have operated over 5,500 cargo flights alone. AFKLMP Cargo currently offers a network covering more than 95 long-haul destinations.

The shipment of pharmaceutical and healthcare products is a key activity for AFKLMP Cargo

In recent years, we have continuously improved our pharmaceutical and health-related services by
improve processes, train staff and train dedicated service teams for pharmaceutical customers. we
have invested in the infrastructure of our two hubs, Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Amsterdam
Schiphol (AMS), and we have fully merged our booking and service options through our digital portal
myCargo, providing the transparency customers need. Because we realize how important it is to
ensure the quality, reliability and connectivity required throughout supply chains, we don’t just offer
all the infrastructures and capacities required in our CDG and AMS hubs, but also partnerships with
GHA in all relevant pharmaceutical destinations, providing cutting edge pharmaceutical processing services. Our
investment in pharmaceutical logistics is bearing fruit and our share in the pharmaceutical segment has increased
significantly in recent years and months.

GertJan Roelands, SVP of Sales and Distribution at AFKLMP Cargo: “Shipping pharma and other
medical products are one of our core businesses and a strategic priority. From the start we
prioritized pharmacy commercially and operationally At AFKLMP Cargo, we have a department that is
entirely dedicated to pharmaceutical and healthcare solutions. With this in mind, Air France and KLM have been
among the first airlines to achieve IATA CEIV certification. ”

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo ready to transport COVID-19 vaccines

Recently, we formed a task force to define what steps to take to help ship Covid-19
vaccines. Working closely with the pharmaceutical industry and associated freight forwarders, we have
assessed the specific requirements for shipping Covid-19 vaccines. We then adapted our
operation in terms of dedicated equipment and monitoring and service, as well as the capacity we offer.
Enrica Calonghi, Global Head of Pharmaceutical Logistics at AFKLMP Cargo: “AFKLMP Cargo is
ready to play a key role in the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, helping to ensure that
as many people as possible around the world will have access to vaccines during these difficult times. “


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