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Maersk Air Cargo moves closer to operations with Asia-US test flight

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SINGAPORE : Maersk Air Cargo is moving closer to operations with a test flight following its launch in April. “In preparation for our new Maersk Air Cargo services between Asia and USA, we are operating a special demonstrator flight on 8/31 PM ex ICN (Incheon, Korea) arriving GSP (Greenville Spartanburg, SC) 9/1 AM local times,” said Adam Farmer, representative director of Maersk Korea/ head of sales – North East Asia, in a LinkedIn post.

Maersk Air Cargo is due to be operational in the second half of the year and will offer daily flights utilising Denmark’s Billund Airport as its main hub. Maersk recently confirmed Maersk Air Cargo’s three newbuild Boeing B767-300F freighters will be operated by Miami-headquartered cargo airline Amerijet on a US-China route from this autumn.

The order of the three new B767-300Fs was announced in April with the launch of Maersk Air Cargo.

They are in addition to three leased B767F freighters which will be operational this year through Cargo Aircraft Management, the leasing arm of ATSG.

The carrier has also ordered two new B777Fs due for delivery in 2024.

The new airfreight company is the result of the existing in-house aircraft operator, Star Air, transferring its activities into Maersk Air Cargo.

Maersk is not the only shipping company to have invested in airfreight recently. CMA CGM Air Cargo received its air carrier certificate from the French Civil Aviation Authority on June 1, following the delivery of its first Boeing 777F.

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