Total Touch Cargo Holland BV (TTC) and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo) have entered into a partnership as part of it sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) programme.
Under the deal, AFKLMP Cargo will use SAF on selected cargo flights from Nairobi, Kenya, to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, carrying TTC’s fresh agricultural and horticultural products.
Bénédicte Duval, vice president Africa at AFKLMP Cargo, welcomed TTC CEO Harry van der Plas at their headquarters at Schiphol to sign the formal documents.
The agreement includes a fixed annual investment from TTC that will allow AFKLMP Cargo to further expand development and procurement of SAF.
TTC’s contribution will be used to cover the cost differential between conventional aircraft fuel and SAF.
TTC specialises in the air transport of fresh flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruit and fish from Nairobi to Amsterdam on a daily basis. The company has been playing an instrumental role in developing the “cold chain” industry from Kenya.
TTC ships around 350 tonnes a week from Kenya throughout the year.
Pier Luigi Vigada, director eastern & southern Africa at AFKLMP Cargo said: “We are delighted that a professional company like Total Touch Cargo and its visionary CEO Harry van der Plas have teamed up with us.
“Total Touch Cargo is the first freight forwarding agent in Africa to commit to our SAF programme.”
Van der Plas added: “The SAF programme fits in perfectly with our vision and drive to be a first-mover in relation to innovative industry developments, as well as maintaining a focused strategy to be a distinguished service provider with top-quality airlines and long-term relationships to achieve optimal customer satisfaction.”
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