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AP Moller – Maersk launches Billund-based Maersk Air Cargo in response to customers’ global air cargo needs


AP Moller – Maersk (Maersk) announces Maersk Air Cargo as 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).

Air freight is a critical enabler of flexibility and agility in global supply chains, enabling our customers to address pressing supply chain challenges and providing mode of transport options for freight from great value. 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 the needs of our customers even better.

Aymeric Chandavoine

Global Head of Logistics and Services, AP Moller – Maersk

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. The business transfer process 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. We are seeing an increased and continued demand for air cargo 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 build our own controlled capacity and continue our air cargo strategy. .

Torben Bengtsson

Global Head of Air & LCL (Less than Container Load), AP Moller – Maersk

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.

We’ve had growth, defied corona and set another record freight year in 2021. This doesn’t happen without good partners, and we’re doing what we can to make sure our partners are 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.

Jan Hesselund

Billund Airport CEO

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.

Copenhagen – 08 April 2022

Comment: It seems that all major European shipping companies active in maritime transport also want to go by air. After the start of CMA CGM in cooperation with Air Belgium, MSC makes an offer for ITA Airways with Lufthansa. And now Maersk is following suit. A new trend!