Air France-KLM names new head of cargo


Air France-KLM Cargo has appointed Adriaan den Heijer as executive vice president at the key European air freight carrier, to replace Marcel de Nooijer – who is moving on at the end of the year to become CEO of KLM’s low-cost airline subsidiary Transavia

Den Heijer joined KLM in 1995 and gained commercial and operational experience working at various positions at KLM, Air France-KLM, and its cargo division. He was director for KLM Cargo north and west Europe from 2000-2004 and was then appointed general manager of KLM for Greater China, based in Hong Kong, in 2004. He subsequently assumed the position of vice president for pricing and revenue management for KLM Europe in 2007 before he became vice president of marketing and brand for KLM in 2009.

In 2011, he was appointed as senior vice president of KLM Ground Services, leading the ground handling of passengers, luggage and aircraft at Schiphol Airport. 

Most recently, den Heijer has been senior vice president for pricing and revenue management for Air France-KLM, responsible for the development and implementation of the pricing and revenue management strategies for the Air France-KLM Group.

His nomination as EVP Air France-KLM Cargo is effective 1st of January 2020.

Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM, commented: “Adriaan brings a proven track record leading our Pricing and Revenue Management teams and has delivered excellent results. I have faith that he'll now share his experience with the teams in Cargo and profitably grow this business, helping support the Air France-KLM Group's goal of achieving European leadership.”

Den Heijer commented: “Air France-KLM Cargo is a world player with a proven track record of delivering innovative solutions and service excellence. I am looking forward to join the engaging spirit of the Air France-KLM teams in developing the cargo business for the future."

Commenting on Marcel de Nooijer’s appointment as the new CEO of Transavia, KLM president and CEO Pieter Elbers said: “In recent years, Marcel has led the freight division of Air France-KLM, with a successful digital transformation and improvement of operational results at KLM Cargo. We are happy that we have a new Transavia CEO with Marcel, who can continue to build on Transavia in the coming years.”