In 1979 Martinair became an early customer for Airbuses' shortened A300 variant and ordered a trio of A310s; although only two were eventually delivered. Given the airline's interest in Combis it was no surprise that the second A310, PH-MCB ‘Prins Maurits’, was a combi variant (indeed it was the only one made). Both A310s were operated by Martinair until 1995 on high density European charter routes and then sold to Federal Express, where this frame became N415FE ‘Jacquelyn’. She was withdrawn from use in October 2009 and broken up at Victorville.
Martinair continued to expand its charter in the 1990s replacing its DC-10s with MD-11s and the A310s with 767s. 747s and MD-11s grew the airlines dedicated cargo operations also. In 2007 however short-haul charter operations ceased (which used A320s) and the next year KLM-Air France tookover the entire operation by increasing their 50% shareholding to 100%. Sadly in late 2011 the airline ended all its passenger services and now operates, in much reduced, form as only a cargo airline.
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