A.P. Møller-Mærsk is going to have its own airline too. Like the French CMA CGM already has done and like MSC intends to do with ITA Airways, the Danish carrier intends to continue the integration process in the air cargo business.
The group’ s newco will be called Maersk Air Cargo. It will take over the activities of Star Air, the Danish group’s cargo airline, which, until now, operated only domestically.
Maersk Air Cargo will use Billund Airport as its hub for its daily flights. It will operate with an initial fleet of five aircraft, consisting of two new B777Fs and three leased B767-300s.
In addition, three new B767-300s managed by an operator that is not part of the Danish group will be used on the US-China routes.
This company will become fully operational from the second half of 2022. Maersk has disclosed that its goal is to transport approximately one-third of its annual air shipments with Maersk Air Cargo. This will be done with both company-owned and leased aircraft.
Translation by Giles Foster