Maersk targets the North American air cargo market

LONDON – Danish logistics and shipping giant Maersk (DXE: MAERB) has ordered three new 767-300 freighters from Boeing and has agreed with Amerijet International (M6, Fort Lauderdale Int’l) to deploy them on transpacific (Asia and North America) routes later this year.

The company’s airfreight division is preparing to strategically establish itself in the American market. The Danish group is trying to identify and acquire an airport hub for its shipping areas in the US air cargo market. “Maersk will receive all three 767 all-cargo aircraft from Boeing’s facilities in Everett, Washington in 2022,” Boeing spokesman Povl Rasmussen said in a statement.

“As previously announced, AP Moller – Maersk is strengthening and expanding its air freight offering. supply chain time-consuming and provides transportation mode options for high-value goods.”

“The controlled capacity owned by Maersk is designed to make supply chain journeys more resilient and intuitive. When it rolls out later this year, [the three] the new 767 aircraft will be based in the United States and operated by Amerijet exclusively for Maersk,” he added.

Over the past eight months, Maersk has invested the resources of its hyper-profitable container shipping business to transform the in-house airline into a full-service air logistics provider and expand globally beyond its traditional sphere in Europe.

Photo: Maersk

Tested for another customer

Boeing (NYSE: BA) never publicly announced the sale of the 767 to Maersk or placed it on the public order list. The planes were originally intended for another customer who withdrew from the order. This explains how Maersk got its hands on the freighters so quickly instead of waiting in line for production slots.

In addition, since the end of March, Boeing has carried out test flights on two of the aircraft now destined for the Danish global carrier. The planes have not yet been painted with the Maersk badge, but are recommended for avid photographers’ lens during testing at Paine Field, north of Seattle.

One of the planes was scheduled to leave Paine Field for Miami, Amerijet’s home base, last Friday at 10:10 a.m. PST, according to flight tracking site Flightradar24.

From Ocean to Big Cargo Airline

The agreement with Amerijet represents Maersk’s second initiative to enter the US market. It recently entered into a long-term lease with the Wilmington, Ohio-based Airline Services Group (NASDAQ:ATSG) for three converted 767-300 freighters and is expected to begin operating them on major US-China routes during the last quarter of this year. .

The Danish shipping company is making air freight a central part of its value proposition to large customers after primarily operating existing in-house freight carrier Star Air since 1987 as a contract carrier for parcel delivery businesses.

Earlier this year, the world’s second-largest ocean freight carrier rebranded Maersk Air Cargo, a subsidiary of Star Air, as part of a broad effort to prioritize integrated logistics offerings and sell cargo services airline directly to customers under one brand.

Airfreight is part of Maersk’s transformation from a pure ocean carrier to an end-to-end logistics company capable of providing a suite of services and keeping more of customers’ transportation spend for itself. keys.

Depending on budget, distance, time and supply chain disruptions, Maersk, the world’s second largest container ship operator by capacity, can move cargo by sea, air, road and rail. , and provide warehousing and customs clearance. It also invests in e-commerce delivery.


A major reorganization underway is that Maersk Air Cargo will move its air cargo hub from Copenhagen to Denmark’s second largest airport, Billund. Maersk recently completed the acquisition of German freight forwarder Senator International for $644 million.

Acquisition by Maersk of Senator International

Senator’s core business is the management of air cargo transportation for cargo owners. It has an extensive air charter network with around 20 weekly all-cargo flights operated by contracted carriers such as Magma Aviation.

The Danish giant also ordered two factory-built 777 freighters late last year, which can carry even larger loads and fly farther than the average 767 widebody.

Maersk Air Cargo operates 15 Boeing 767 freighters, twelve B767-200(F) (five -ERBDSF, six -PC and one -SF) and three B767-300F (one -ERBDSF and two F) which are still on Star Air ( Denmark) (DJ, Copenhagen Kastrup) AOC.

Most of these have been converted from passenger aircraft, for customers such as UPS (NYSE: UPS) and Royal Mail in the UK. These operations are based at the UPS hub in Cologne, Germany, and East Midlands Airport in the UK.

Amerijet goes global

The Maersk partnership also represents a major milestone for Amerijet, a midsize cargo airline that is also in the midst of a major transformation with international ambitions, with its hub at Miami International Airport, known primarily for its scheduled service. regional covering the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and parts of South America.

The partnership will launch Amerijet into the huge Asian commercial market for the first time. In 2020, the airline launched two weekly transatlantic flights to Brussels.

Amerijet also has a contract with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver mail across the country and operates a three-times-weekly flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Liege, Belgium, and Tel Aviv, Belgium. Israel.

In an interview in March, new CEO Tim Strauss said the private company was exploring the possibility of offering service between Asia and North America starting this summer.

Amerijet currently operates five B767-200 (BDSF) for DHL Express also on a CMI basis. The Florida carrier’s fleet also includes a B767-200(SF) as well as six B757-200(PCF) and eight B767-300(ERBDSF), all added in recent months.

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