Air France-KLM starts search for B747-400F replacement
During a shareholder meeting on 24 May 2022, the CEO of Air France-KLM said that the airline will soon decide on which aircraft will replace the final B747-400Fs in the fleet. Under consideration are the Airbus A350F, the Boeing B777F and the B777XF.
Three B747-400ERFs are owned by KLM and operated (in KLM-livery) by Martinair, while that airline also operates a single B747-400BCF in its own livery. The three -400ERFs are on average 19 years old, while the -400BCF is 32 years old.
Recently, Air France signed a firm order for four A350Fs, which will be used to replace the two B777Fs in the fleet which are thirteen years old. Air France-KLM earlier this month signed a partnership with CMA CGM which will see both companies combine their dedicated cargo fleet-capacity for at least ten year.
Photo by Anton Homma.