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Air France KLM Martinair Cargo strengthens ties with Sinotrans through Cargo SAF Program

Jul 16, 2021

Sinotrans Global E-commerce Logistics recently joined the Air France KLM Martinair Cargo Sustainable Aviation Fuel Programme on its Hangzhou-Amsterdam route.

The Cargo SAF Programme enables shippers and forwarders to power a share of their flights with sustainable aviation fuel, a cleaner substitute for conventional jet fuel, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 85%. Participation in the programme confirms the industry’s drive to seek alternatives to fossil fuels for powering commercial aircraft, as well as its commitment to greater sustainability.

Sinotrans Global E-commerce Logistics is headquartered in the Beijing Airport Economic Zone and will be offering a “green route” between Hangzhou and Amsterdam. The AFKLMP Cargo Sustainable Aviation Fuel Programme aims to create an environmentally friendly aviation industry, based on a clean, green and more efficient way of flying. The effects of environmental pollution are there for all to see. Harmful greenhouse gases, depletion of the ozone layer in the atmosphere, climate change and global warming demand a conscious and sustained effort by all. Every country, every company, everyone counts. Air France-KLM is doing its part in ensuring sustainable development in air transport. Sinotrans is similarly committed to social responsibility and, as a leading logistics company, continues to pay attention, devote time and pursue meaningful involvement in the field of environmental protection.

At the start of the year, Sinotrans and AFKLMP Cargo signed a memorandum of understanding to further promote cross-border e-commerce and contribute to promoting Sino-Dutch and Sino-European trade cooperation. By combining Air France-KLM’s global network and air transportation resources with the leading advantages offered by Sinotrans in ground operations, customs brokerage and domestic China-wide trucking services, the two companies are partnering to stabilise global supply chains and actively promote worldwide economic recovery.

Having conducted in-depth discussions on multiple business initiatives, such as capacity contracts from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Hangzhou, cross-docking, system connectivity and data exchange, it was only natural that Sinotrans took the lead in discussing new initiatives, such as the Air France-KLM Group’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel Programme. Sinotrans’ investment in the programme reflects the value and significance they attach to the partnership. “This is an important signing and a new milestone that will push the strategic cooperation between the two parties to a new level,” said Xiao Chenglu, managing director of Sinotrans Global E-commerce Logistics.

“We welcome Sinotrans to our Cargo SAF Programme, which makes it easy to understand and visualise the change one can make in reducing CO2 emissions on a trade lane or flight segment. Whether you’re a large, mid-sized or small business, we offer you a means of showing your engagement in sustainability to your customer,” said GertJan Roelands, SVP of Sales & Distribution at Air France KLM Martinair Cargo.

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