Maersk’s ambition is to have approximately one third of its annual air tonnage carried within its own controlled freight network.

A giant shipping company AP Moller Maersk has recently launches a new air cargo business to meet customer demand for supply chain security.

Aymeric Chandavoine the global head of logistics and services at AP Moller–Maersk has said that, “Airfreight is a crucial enabler of flexibility and agility in global supply chains as it allows our customers to tackle time-critical supply chain challenges and provides transport mode options for high value cargo. We strongly believe in working closely with our customers. Therefore, it is key for Maersk to also increase our presence in the global air cargo industry by introducing Maersk Air Cargo to cater even better for the needs of our customers.”

AP Moller Maersk owns the world’s largest container shipping line, and said that it is Maersk new air cargo business which will be begin in the second half of the year and it will utilise Denmark’s Billund airport as its main hub and offer daily flights.

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We strongly believe in working closely with our customers.

Meanwhile, Torben Bengtsson the global head of air & less than container load of AP Moller–Maersk also said that, “Maersk Air Cargo is an important step of the Maersk Air Freight strategy, as it will allow us to offer customers a truly unique combination of air freight integrated with other transport modes. We see an increased and continued demand for air cargo both today and going forward as well as a growing demand for end-to-end logistics, why it is important for us to strengthen our own-controlled capacity and advance further on our air freight strategy.” 

It is said that the new airfreight company is the result of the existing in-house aircraft operator, Star Air, transferring its activities into Maersk Air Cargo.

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It is said that the new airfreight company is the result of the existing in-house aircraft operator, Star Air, transferring its activities into Maersk Air Cargo.

Later on Jan Hessellund the chief executive of Billund Airport added “We have had growth, defied the corona and set a new record year in cargo in 2021. It does not happen without good partners, and we do what we can to make our partners good. Now Maersk Air Cargo enters the stage at Billund Airport and raises it a notch. We are incredibly proud that we are being chosen as Maersk’s European hub for air freight, and we look forward to developing the collaboration to even new heights.”

Last year the company has already announced that it has purchases two new B777 Freighters which will be delivered by Boeing 2024 and also leased three B767-300 Frighters which will be start from next year through Cargo Aircraft Management, the leasing arm of ATSG.

As per as the company said, the B767 freighters will be utilised on US-China operation. According to the report, this will be achieved through a combination of owned and leased aircraft, replicating the structure that the company has within its ocean fleet.

The decision to launch an air cargo business comes as supply chains face continual disruption as a result of Covid lockdowns, port logjams and the Ukraine crisis.

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As per as the company said, the B767 freighters will be utilised on US-China operation.

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