Air France is evaluating whether to phase out all full-freighter operations
The carrier has already decided to retire its seven remaining Boeing 747s by 2015 – these include three freighters and a single Combi aircraft – and to confine cargo services to its two 777 freighters and belly freight on the passenger fleet.
“[But] if we need to continue reducing our cargo fleet, we will do it,” says Air France-KLM chief executive Alexandre de Juniac.
The size of the freighter fleet is “one of the major questions” in the group’s cargo strategy, he says. The current plan is to operate Air France’s two 777Fs from Paris Charles de Gaulle and eight freighters from Amsterdam, he says.
KLM operates four 747-400Fs while its cargo subsidiary Martinair has six MD-11Fs.
De Juniac says that the group is evaluating its freighter fleet size. “If the [cargo] market continues to deteriorate, we will have to implement additional restructuring,” he says.
He adds, however, that the air freight market looks “less bad than it used to be”.