The career of Martin Schröder took off in 1958 when he founded Martin’s Air Charter. With a second-hand aircraft, She organized scenic charter flights over Amsterdam and nearby tulip fields, as well as cargo shipments. After two years he bought his first DC-3, and started passenger flights from The Netherlands to Palma de Mallorca.

Martin’s Air Charter was renamed Martinair Holland in 1966, and soon became a dynamic airline operating flights to destinations worldwide and employing over 3,000 people. After forty years, he retired, having made his childhood dream come true.

He made Martinair the second largest airline in The Netherlands.