CMA CGM AIR CARGO orders two more Boeing 777 freighters
Takes delivery of second Boeing 777 freighter; aim is to have 12 aircraft by 2026.
CMA CGM AIR CARGO took delivery of its second Boeing 777 freighter, after the reception of its first Boeing 777 freighter on May 31, at a ceremony signing held in Everett, WA.
"These planes both come from the order CMA CGM AIR CARGO placed in Spring 2021," according to an official announcement.
The purchase of two Boeing 777 freighters was the first direct order since the CMA CGM Group announced the launch of its dedicated air cargo transportation division in February 2021, the statement added.
CMA CGM AIR CARGO also officially disclosed an order for two additional Boeing 777 freighters. "When delivered, the new planes will complete a fleet of at least 12 Boeing and Airbus aircraft by 2026. This additional order means that the CMA CGM Group will have a total of four Boeing 777 freighters in its fleet."
"The reception of our first two Boeing 777 freighters, and this new order of two additional aircraft represents a milestone in our fleet expansion," says Olivier Casanova, CEO, CMA CGM AIR CARGO. "With four Boeing 777 freighters by 2024, complementing our existing fleet of four aircraft, CMA CGM Air Cargo will enlarge its network, linking Europe, Asia and America and provide a tailor-made range of transportation and logistics solutions to our clients, thanks to a modern, technically and environmentally efficient fleet."
CMA CGM AIR CARGO fleet currently consists of six aircraft. By 2026, CMA CGM AIR CARGO fleet will go up to 12 including the four B777 freighters.
Ricardo Cavero, Vice President, Europe, Israel & Turkey Sales & Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, added: "We are delighted that CMA CGM AIR CARGO has placed an incremental order for two new Boeing 777 freighters. With the delivery of its first two freighters, CMA CGM AIR CARGO will deliver on its promise to its customers to provide end-to-end logistics solutions. The Boeing 777 freighter unrivalled operating efficiency will allow CMA CGM to operate the airplane across an extensive, global air freight network."
"A cost-effective investment"
The Boeing 777 freighter will provide CMA CGM AIR CARGO the flexibility to deploy the aircraft across its growing air freight network in Europe, North America and Asia, the statement said.
"As the world's largest, longest range, and most capable twin-engine freighter, the aircraft can carry a maximum payload of 107 tonnes. With a range of 9,200 kilometres, this plane will allow CMA CGM AIR CARGO to grow its air freight service by offering more international destinations and choice."
Customers from around the world have ordered more than 300 Boeing 777 freighters since the programme began in 2005.