According to BreakingTravelNews, Maersk launches Maersk Air Cargo in response to global air cargo needs
AP Moller – Maersk (Maersk) announces Maersk Air Cargo as the company’s leading air cargo offering serving the logistics needs of its customers with integrated logistics.
At the same time, Maersk chooses Denmark’s second largest airport, Billund, as its air cargo hub for Maersk Air Cargo with daily flights creating several jobs in the region. To this end, Maersk Air Cargo also announces its intention to enter into an agreement with the Flight Crew Union (FPU), which is part of the Danish Confederation and Trade Unions (FH).
“Air freight is a crucial enabler of flexibility and agility in global supply chains, enabling our customers to address time-critical supply chain challenges and providing transportation mode options for customers. high value cargo. We strongly believe in working closely with our clients. Therefore, it is key for Maersk to also increase our presence in the global air cargo industry by introducing Maersk Air Cargo to even better meet the needs of our customers.” Aymeric Chandavoine – Global Director of Logistics and Services, A.P. Moller – Maersk
The Maersk-owned controlled capacity, powered by Maersk Air Cargo, is designed to make supply chain journeys more resilient and intuitive. As an independent service, Maersk Air Freight can help customers make the most of opportunities by getting their air cargo to the right place at the right time. When combined with our maritime, land, warehousing and customs services, it will boost your supply chain in more ways than one.
The new air cargo company is the result of the existing in-house aircraft operator, Star Air, which has transferred its activities to Maersk Air Cargo, the new airline supporting new and existing customers and Maersk’s end-to-end logistics. The business transfer process has received excellent support from customers, suppliers, employees and the Danish Civil Aviation Authority.
“Maersk Air Cargo is an important step in Maersk Air Freight’s strategy as it will allow us to offer customers a truly unique combination of integrated air cargo with other modes of transport. We see a continuing and growing demand for air cargo both today and in the future, as well as a growing demand for end-to-end logistics, which is why it is important for us to strengthen our controlled capacity and further advance our air cargo strategy. .” Torben Bengtsson – Global Head of Air and LCL, A.P. Moller-Maersk
Maersk last operated from Billund in 2005. From the mainland, Maersk Air Cargo will progressively deploy and operate a controlled capacity of five aircraft: two new B777Fs and three leased B767-300 freighters. Three new B767-300 freighters will also be added to the US-China operation, which will initially be handled by a third-party carrier. The new aircraft is expected to be operational from the second half of 2022 and onwards until 2024.
Billund Airport looks forward to welcoming Maersk Air Cargo, which will also support the growth of the business community in Western Denmark.
“We had growth, we defied the corona and set a new record year in cargo in 2021. It doesn’t happen without good partners, and we do what we can to make our partners good. Now Maersk Air Cargo enters the scene at Billund Airport and takes it up a notch. We are incredibly proud to have been chosen as Maersk’s European air cargo hub, and look forward to developing the collaboration to new heights.” Jan Hessellund – CEO of Billund Airport
Maersk’s ambition is to have approximately a third of its annual air tonnage transported within its own controlled cargo network. This will be achieved through a combination of owned and leased aircraft, replicating the company’s structure within its maritime fleet. The remaining capacity will be provided by strategic commercial carriers and charter operators.
Maersk Air Cargo is expected to be fully operational from the second half of 2022.