France-based container shipping line CMA CGM is ready to enter the air cargo market with a fleet of 4 Airbus A330-200 freighters.
The plane will likely be supplied by the provider’s new CMA CGM Air Cargo division and reply “rising demand” for “agile options”.
CMA CGM, which additionally owns high 20 freight forwarder Ceva, mentioned the plane, which provide round 60 tonnes of payload, got here into service between 2014 and 2016 and have a spread of 4,000 nautical miles.
The CMA CGM group mentioned it will entrust the operation of its freighter fleet to a European airline.
Earlier this yr, Air Belgium announced that it would take delivery of four A330-200Fs, that are regarded as former Qatar Airways plane.
The shipping line mentioned it is going to additionally companion with different airways to supply international protection.
“This transfer into airfreight strengthens the Group’s transport and logistics enterprise, permitting it to supply its clients a brand new vary of complete, agile and customised options,” CMA CGM mentioned.
Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and chief government of the CMA CGM Group, mentioned: “In response to the rising demand from our clients for agile logistics options, we’re creating a brand new division inside the CMA CGM Group devoted to air transport: CMA CGM Air Cargo.
“This division will launch with 4 Airbus A330-200F plane and can leverage industrial partnerships with airways in an effort to ship international protection. It is a main milestone within the growth of our logistics providers.”
CMA CGM added: “This enlargement into airfreight is a brand new milestone within the Group’s strategic growth, with the intention of offering Group clients with a complementary vary of providers masking each shipping and logistics.”
Final yr, CMA CGM acquired a 30% stake in Groupe DUBREUIL Aéro because it regarded to achieve entry to air cargo capability.
CMA CGM injected €50m into the airline group, which owns the Air Caraïbes and French Bee corporations, for its stake.
Air Caraïbes and French Bee function 14 long-haul plane, together with eight Airbus A350s and in addition six A330s, providing cargo capability of between 15 and 25 tonnes of freight.
The corporate’s enlargement in airfreight comes because the container shipping sector has confronted a tricky 12 months, with container shortages, a surge in demand, and congested ports all hindering operations.
Earlier this week, freight forwarder SEKO Logistics mentioned that it had noted a modal shift from ocean to air as clients confronted provide chain points when utilizing ocean.
And SEKO expects the problems to proceed past the Chinese language New 12 months, a interval that many had hoped would give the shipping trade an opportunity to catch up.
Additionally, constitution dealer Air Companion reported a 50% increase in demand as a result of ocean freight supply chain issues.
Sister title Flight International mentioned CMA CGM Air Cargo will grow to be one in every of a small variety of corporations providing A330-200Fs. Simply 38 of the devoted new-build freighters have been produced.