Maersk launches Maersk Air Cargo in response to customer needs
Today, AP Moller – Maersk (Maersk) announced that Maersk Air Cargo is the company’s leading air cargo offering meeting the logistics needs of its customers with integrated logistics.
At the same time, Maersk chooses Denmark’s second largest airport, Billund, as an 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 conclude an agreement with the Union of Flight Personnel (FPU), which is part of the Danish Confederation and Trade Unions (FH).
Aymeric Chandavoine, Global Head of Logistics and Services, AP Moller – Maersk, said: “Air freight is a crucial enabler of flexibility and agility in global supply chains, as it enables our customers to meet addressing pressing supply chain challenges and providing transportation mode options for high-value freight We strongly believe in working closely with our customers.
“Therefore, it is essential for Maersk to also increase our presence in the global air cargo industry by introducing Maersk Air Cargo to serve our customers’ needs even better.”
Maersk-owned controlled capacity, powered by Maersk Air Cargo, is designed to make supply chain journeys more resilient and intuitive.
As a stand-alone 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. Combined with our marine, inland, warehousing and customs services, it will power your supply chain in many ways.
The new air cargo company is the result of existing in-house aircraft operator Star Air transferring its operations to Maersk Air Cargo, with the new carrier taking over existing and new customers and end-to-end logistics from Maersk.
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The business transfer process received excellent support from customers, suppliers, employees and the Danish Civil Aviation Authority.
Torben Bengtsson, Global Head of Air & LCL (Less than Container Load), AP Moller – Maersk said: “Maersk Air Cargo is an important step in the Maersk Air Freight strategy as it will enable us to offer our customers a combination truly unique way of air freight integrated with other modes of transport.
“We are seeing an increased and continued 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 own capacity controlled and advance our air cargo strategy.”
Maersk last operated from Billund in 2005. From the mainland, Maersk Air Cargo will gradually 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 managed by a third-party operator. The new aircraft are expected to be operational from the second half of 2022 until 2024.
Billund Airport is delighted to welcome Maersk Air Cargo, which will also support the growth of the Western Denmark business community.
Jan Hessellund, CEO of Billund Airport, said: “We have had growth, defied corona and set another cargo record year in 2021. It doesn’t happen without good partners, and we are doing this. we can to make our partners good.Now Maersk Air Cargo is stepping into the Billund Airport scene and taking it up a notch.
“We are extremely proud to have been chosen as Maersk’s European hub for air cargo, and we look forward to taking the collaboration to new heights.”
Maersk’s ambition is to have around 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 structure the company has within its ocean 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.
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