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Maersk aims to fly third of all airfreight on its own planes

[ April 11, 2022   //   ]

AP Moller-Maersk says that its new Maersk Air Cargo arm is to become the group’s main air freight offering and that its ambition is to have a third of its annual air tonnage carried within its own controlled freight network.

It will operate owned and leased aircraft, replicating the structure of its ocean shipping fleet with the remaining capacity will be provided by strategic commercial carriers and charter flight operators.

Maersk has also chosen Denmark’s second largest airport, Billund, as Maersk Air Cargo hub.

The new air freight company has been created by transferring existing in-house aircraft operator, Star Air, into Maersk Air Cargo.

Maersk Air Cargo will progressively deploy five aircraft – two new B777Fs and three leased B767-300 cargo aircraft. Three new B767-300 freighters will also be added to the US-China operation, which will be initially handled by a third-party operator. The new aircraft are expected to be operational from second half 2022 and onwards up to 2024.

Global head of air and LCL , Torben Bengtsson sees increased and continued demand for air cargo as a growing demand for end-to-end logistics. “It is important for us to strengthen our own-controlled capacity and advance further on our air freight strategy,” Bengtsson added.

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