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- Denmark-based Maersk Air Cargo launched two weekly scheduled flights between South Carolina’s Greenville-Spartanburg Airport (GSP) and Incheon Airport (ICN) on Oct. 31, improving air market access between the U.S. southeast and Asia, the company said airline in a press release.
- Miami-based cargo airline Amerijet International will operate the transpacific route with the first of Maersk’s three new 767-300F aircraft.
- In addition to the new ICN-GSP service, Maersk also operates self-managed capacity between Europe and the US, Mexico, Singapore and South Africa.
AP Moller – Maersk continues to invest in its air cargo operations following the launch of Maersk Air Cargo in April. The company, which uses Denmark’s Billund Airport (BLL) as its main hub for air freight, has been looking to expand its reach.
Earlier this month, Maersk began operating its second Chicago air cargo hub at O’Hare International Airport (ORD). The hub, which provides direct on-plane pickup with immediate transfer for time-sensitive shipments, serves as an import and export consolidation center for Maersk’s air freight hub at Rockford International Airport (RFD).
“We want to create more routing options and flexibility for customers looking to improve their air cargo supply chains,” said Mike Meierkort, regional head of Maersk North America Logistics and Services, in the Oct. 12 statement. “Our new Chicago Air Freight Gateway provides an integrated supply chain solution to schedule critical shipments and order fulfillment deadlines.”
In May, Maersk also announced plans to build a 568,000-square-foot multimodal distribution center near Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) as the company expands its presence in North America. The facility is scheduled to open in November.
Meanwhile, in June, Maersk completed the acquisition of Germany-based logistics company Senator International to further expand its air freight capabilities. Senator has offices at both RFD and ORD, according to the company’s website.
Maersk is one of many shipping companies that use air freight opportunities. In September, MSC announced plans to expand into air cargo in 2023. Meanwhile, CMA-CGM inked a 10-year deal with Air France-KLM in May.
Maersk Air Cargo, which replaced its existing internal cargo operator Star Air, operates a fleet of 12 767-200Fs and 3 767-300Fs, according to flight tracking software FlightRadar24. The airline also ordered two 777Fs from Boeing and three leased 767-300Fs in November.
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