A.P. Moller-Maersk has determined to heap its aviation choices into a brand new model, Maersk Air Cargo, folding the Star Air branding within the course of.
On the similar time Maersk has choosen Denmark’s second largest airport, Billund, as its air freight hub for Maersk Air Cargo.
“Air freight is an important enabler of flexibility and agility in international provide chains because it permits our prospects to deal with time-critical provide chain challenges and offers transport mode choices for top worth cargo. We strongly consider in working intently with our prospects. Subsequently, it’s key for Maersk to additionally enhance our presence within the international air cargo trade by introducing Maersk Air Cargo to cater even higher for the wants of our prospects,” mentioned Aymeric Chandavoine, international head of logistics and companies, A.P. Moller – Maersk.
It is going to permit us to supply prospects a very distinctive mixture of air freight built-in with different transport modes
Maersk Air Cargo will progressively deploy and function a managed capability of 5 plane – two new B777F and three leased B767-300 cargo plane. Three new B767-300 freighters will even be added to the US-China operation, which shall be initially dealt with by a third-party operator. The brand new plane are anticipated to be operational from second half 2022 and onwards as much as 2024.
“Maersk Air Cargo is a crucial step of the Maersk air freight technique, as it would permit us to supply prospects a very distinctive mixture of air freight built-in with different transport modes. We see an elevated and continued demand for air cargo each immediately and going ahead in addition to a rising demand for end-to-end logistics, why it is necessary for us to strengthen our own-controlled capability and advance additional on our air freight technique,” mentioned Torben Bengtsson, international head of air & LCL at A.P. Moller – Maersk.
Maersk’s ambition is to have roughly one third of its annual air tonnage carried inside its personal managed freight community. This shall be achieved via a mix of owned and leased plane, replicating the construction that the corporate has inside its ocean fleet. The remaining capability shall be supplied by strategic industrial carriers and constitution flight operators.
Maersk Air Cargo is predicted to be totally operational as of the second half of 2022 and comes at a time when different cash-rich liners, notably France’s CMA CGM, are additionally strengthening their air cargo choices.