AFKLMP Cargo welcomes Total Touch Cargo to its SAF programme

AFKLMP Cargo welcomes Total Touch Cargo to its SAF programme

Total Touch Cargo Holland BV (TTC) and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP Cargo)
entered into a partnership within the framework of the airline’s sustainable aviation fuel
programme. Under the partnership, AFKLMP Cargo will use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on selected cargo flights from Nairobi – Kenya to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, carrying TTC’s fresh agricultural and horticultural products.

Bénédicte Duval, vice president Africa at Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, welcomed Total Touch Cargo CEO and owner Harry van der Plas at the AFKLMP Cargo headquarters at Schiphol to sign the formal documents. The agreement includes a fixed annual investment from Total Touch Cargo that will allow AFKLMP 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.

On average, Total Touch Cargo ships around 350 tonnes a week from Kenya throughout the year.

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 and 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%. 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.