Air France-KLM and CMG-CGM combine for air cargo

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Air France-KLM Group and the CMA CGM Group today announced that they have signed a 10-year partnership in the air cargo market.

This exclusive partnership will see both parties combine their complementary cargo networks, full freighter capacity and dedicated services.

“I am very pleased with this strategic partnership with Air France-KLM. It allows us to significantly accelerate the development of our air division, CMA CGM Air Cargo, which was created just over a year ago,” said Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group.

“This partnership is fully in line with CMA CGM’s strategy and its ambition to become a leader in integrated logistics.”

Benjamin Smith and Rodolphe Saade.


The companies will together operate their existing and new full-freighter aircraft. Initially the fleet includes 10 planes, with 12 on order. CMA CGM currently operates four at CMA CGM Air Cargo, with outstanding orders for an additional eight aircraft, two of which may be operated by Air France-KLM in the future. Air France-KLM Group is operating six freighters out of home bases at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The group has outstanding orders for an additional four aircraft.

The partnership also covers Air France-KLM’s belly aircraft capacity, including over 160 long-haul aircraft.

CMA CGM created its air cargo division in March 2021.

Air France-KLM serves 295 destinations across 110 countries.

The CMA CGM Group is present in 160 countries through its network of more than 400 offices and 750 warehouses. Its subsidiary CEVA Logistics transports 400,000 tons of air freight and 2.8 million tons of land freight each year. Its air freight division CMA CGM Air Cargo, was created in March 2021. 

The companies will combine their global cargo sales teams into a unified organization.

The two freighter networks will be combined to eliminate duplication. CMA CGm says it will also be able to offer multi-modal transport packages, using its global sea and land logistics assets.

CMA CGM says it plans to take a nine percent stake in the Air France-KM Group.

 I am also extremely pleased that this commercial partnership with CMA CGM has resulted in their decision to invest directly  in the Air France-KLM Group,” said Air France-KLM Group CEO Benjamin Smith.