Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLM Cargo) and sustainable aviation fuel programme Total Touch Cargo Holland (TTC) are partnering within the framework of the airline’s sustainable aviation fuel programme.
Under the partnership, AFKLM Cargo will use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on select cargo flights from Nairobi, Kenya to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, carrying TTC’s fresh agricultural and horticultural products.
The Franco-Dutch carrier has been transporting TTC’s fresh products since 1995. On average, Total Touch Cargo ships around 350 tonnes a week from Kenya throughout the year.
The agreement includes a fixed annual investment from Total Touch Cargo that will allow AFKLM 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.
Total Touch Cargo 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.
To guarantee faultless quality control, Total Touch Cargo has its own airside-based warehousing and cold storage facilities, in a joint venture with Kenya Airways, at the Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi.
Pier Luigi Vigada, director Eastern & Southern Africa at Air France KLM Martinair Cargo says: “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. Its vision on sustainability and enthusiasm about our programme form
part of a clear path to make the airfreight industry for daily commodities, a cleaner and more sustainable one. Congratulations to Total Touch Cargo!”
Harry van der Plas, CEO/owner at Total Touch Cargo says: “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.”
SAF is a jet fuel made from renewable sources such as cooking oil and serves as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuel that reduces carbon emissions by a minimum of 75 per cent. It is blended with conventional fossil fuel and can be used by all aircraft engines.
The AFKLMP Cargo SAF programme enables different stakeholders in the logistical airfreight industry to power a percentage of their flights with SAF. Customers determine their own level of engagement and the carrier ensures that their entire investment is used for sourcing SAF.
“By participating in our programme, our customers not only reduce their carbon footprint, but confirm their commitment to leading the industry towards a more sustainable future. Only with the support of all stakeholders can we successfully develop a more viable market for SAF,” AFKLM adds.