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Hall of Fame 2004 - Martin Schroder

Martin Schröder

Martin Schröder the former president of the airline Martinair Holland until 1998, the face and conscience of an exemplary company within the industry.

In 1958 Martin Schröder founded Martin’s Air Charter. With a secondhand aircraft, Schröder organized scenic charter flights over Amsterdam and nearby tulip fields. Additionally commercial banners and cargo shipments were flown. After two years Schröder bought his first DC-3, facilitating the first passenger flights from The Netherlands to holiday destination Palma de Mallorca; at the time an operation full of financial risks.

Martin’s Air Charter was renamed Martinair Holland in 1966. In a short time span the company became a dynamic airline operating flights to destinations worldwide and employing over 3,000 people.

Schröder is one of a few pioneers the Dutch airline industry has known. Anthony Fokker, Albert Plesman, and perhaps aircraft manufacturer Koolhoven… all in all less than a hand full can be named.

Johann Martin Schröder, nicknamed “De Lange” by his staff because of his height 1.97 meter (Dutch: lang = tall) made Martinair what it is today: the second largest airline of The Netherlands.

After forty years (1998), the last pioneer left his ‘brainchild’. Martin Schröder had a childhood dream, just like many others, only he has made that dream come true.

With his dream in mind he built an airline - with perseverance and sometimes a bit of luck at the right time. His childhood dream became Martinair!

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