Maersk Air Cargo will be operational by H2 2022
Danish carrier APMoller–Maersk (Maersk) today announced that Maersk Air Cargo is the company’s primary air cargo offering, meeting customers’ logistics needs with integrated logistics.
Maersk has also chosen Denmark’s second largest airport, Billund, as an air cargo hub for Maersk Air Cargo with daily flights creating several jobs in the region, according to an official statement. “To this end, Maersk Air Cargo also announces its intention to enter into an agreement with the Aircrew Union (FPU), which is part of the Danish Confederation and Trade Unions (FH).”
“Air freight is a critical enabler of flexibility and agility in global supply chains, as it enables our customers to address pressing supply chain challenges and provides transportation mode options for freight. high value,” said Aymeric Chandavoine, Global Head of Logistics and Services, AP Moller–Maersk. “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 meet even better the needs of our clients.”
The new air cargo company is the result of existing in-house aircraft operator Star Air, which transferred its operations to Maersk Air Cargo. “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 the Maersk Air Freight strategy, as it will allow us to offer our customers a truly unique combination of air cargo integrated with other modes of transport,” said Torben Bengtsson, global head of Air & LCL (Less Container Loading), AP Moller–Maersk. “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. 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 through 2024.”
“We have seen growth, challenged Covid-19 and set another cargo record year in 2021,” says Jan Hessellund, CEO of Billund Airport. “It doesn’t happen without good partners, and we do what we can to ensure that our partners are good. Now Maersk Air Cargo comes into the picture at Billund Airport and takes it up a notch. We are Incredibly 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. Maersk Air Cargo is expected to be fully operational from the second half of 2022.