Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo) and Jan de Rijk Logistics have joined forces by bringing long heavy vehicles (LHV) into operation, which are powered by hydrotreated vegetable oOil 100 (HVO100).
The advantage of using an LHV is the huge volume of cargo it can carry. An LHV can carry six unit load devices (ULDs) at a time, whereas a normal cargo carrying vehicle can only take four.
The new LHV will be used exclusively on the route between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Frankfurt am Main.
This strategic choice stems from the high cargo volumes carried on this route.
Within AFKLMP Cargo’s extensive network, Frankfurt, like its Dutch home base Schiphol, is one of AFKLMP Cargo’s larger cargo hubs.
Adriaan den Heijer, EVP Air France KLM Cargo and managing director Martinair: “To achieve greater sustainability, we in the logistics sector are especially aiming to forge alliances to promote innovative and effective solutions.
“I’m, therefore, extremely proud of our partnership with Jan de Rijk Logistics in creating this sustainable combination of an LHV powered by HVO, specially developed for air cargo. This initiative contributes towards our goal of reducing CO₂ emissions further.”
Fred Westdijk, CEO Jan de Rijk Logistics, added: “We’re extremely proud of AFKLMP Cargo for being the first airline to join us to invest in further reducing CO₂ emissions. Jan de Rijk Logistics has actively promoted the use of LHVs and HVO in recent years and is pleased to welcome AFKLMP Cargo as a ‘first mover’. Now that the first airline has joined us, we hope that others will follow soon to reduce the impact on our climate.”
Jan de Rijk Logistics and AFKLMP Cargo have already carried out several projects together. They have both invested in developing the LHV specifically for air cargo and both parties have prioritised making the logistics chain more sustainable.
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