Logistics group expands to air transport

09 March 2021 | Infrastructure

In a new milestone in its development as a logistics operator, the CMA CGM Group is stepping up its strategic development with the creation of a specialised airfreight division: CMA CGM Air Cargo. The launch for the new airfreight division was set for 8 March in the USA.

This is part of a growing trend among shipping lines to extend their services beyond ocean freight to encompass a full logistics option.

“This move into airfreight strengthens the group’s transport and logistics business, allowing it to offer customers a new range of comprehensive, agile and customised solutions,” says chairman and CEO, Rodolphe Saadé.

To support the move, the company is acquiring four 60-tonne-payload Airbus A330-200F freighter aircraft, which came into service between 2014 and 2016. With a range of 4 000 nautical miles, they will connect Europe with the rest of the world. The group will entrust the operation of its freighter fleet to a European airline, according to a statement from the line.

“The creation of the division is in response to the growing demand from customers for agile logistics solutions. This division will launch with four Airbus A330-200F aircraft and will leverage commercial partnerships with airlines in order to deliver global coverage.”

In 2020, CMA CGM made history at the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) after their vessel, the MV Mediterranean Bridge with the length of 335.63m, called the Port of Walvis Bay in June 2020. The MV Mediterranean Bridge docked following the successful trial call of the first 9 000 TEUs Maersk Sheerness with the length of 335m earlier that year.

The Mediterranean Bridge discharges 1 781 TEU’s and loads 697 TEU’s, which amounts to a record of 2 478 TEU’s handled on a single vessel at the Port of Walvis Bay.

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