AFKLMP Cargo introduces more sustainable transport

Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo) and Jan de Rijk Logistics have joined forces to launch a new Long Heavy Vehicle. This all new truck combination runs on BioFuel – HydroTreated Vegetable Oil 100 (HVO100).

The big advantage of using a LHV is the enormous volume of cargo it can transport. A LHV can transport six unit loads (ULDs) at a time, while a regular freight vehicle can only carry four. This means that using a long truck for two trips saves a whole truck trip and thus also significantly reduces CO₂ emissions.

The new long truck will only be used on the route between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Frankfurt am Main. This strategic decision results from the high volume of freight on this route. Within AFKLMP Cargo’s extensive network, Frankfurt is one of AFKLMP Cargo’s larger freight hubs, as is its Dutch home base of Schiphol.

Adriaan den Heijer, EVP Air France KLM Cargo & Managing Director Martinair, said: “In the logistics sector, in order to achieve greater sustainability, we particularly strive to forge alliances to promote innovative and effective solutions. I am therefore very proud of our partnership with Jan de Rijk Logistics in creating this sustainable combination of an HVO powered LHV, specifically designed for air freight. This initiative contributes to our goal of further reducing CO₂ emissions.”

Fred Westdijk, CEO of Jan de Rijk Logistics, added: “We are very proud that AFKLMP Cargo is the first airline to join us to invest in further reducing CO₂ emissions. Jan de Rijk Logistics has actively promoted the use of Long Trucks (Long Heavy Vehicles) and Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (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 more will follow soon to reduce the impact on our climate.”

Jan de Rijk Logistics and AFKLMP Cargo have already carried out several projects together in their long history. AFKLMP Cargo and Jan de Rijk Logistics both invested in the development of the longer truck specifically for air freight. Both parties have prioritized making the logistics chain more sustainable. The commissioning of the long truck therefore marks an important milestone.

The structural use of a long truck means fewer journeys and thus lower CO₂ emissions. In addition, the long truck runs on a different fuel. This new fuel, HVO (also known as “blue diesel”), can reduce CO₂ emissions by up to 89%. Currently, the combination of a LHV powered by HVO is unique in the transport of (air) freight by road and represents the best practical solution for more sustainable transport in the short term.

AFKLMP Cargo and Jan de Rijk will continue to take initiatives aimed at achieving further sustainability throughout the logistics chain. Examples of this are the development of electric truck combinations and the use of hydrogen as a sustainable fuel.

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