Maersk launches Europe-China air freight service
Three weekly flights between Billund & Hangzhou, introducing first of three newly converted Boeing 767-300 freighters
Maersk announced the inaugural flight of the new air freight service with scheduled flights between Billund, Denmark (BLL) and Hangzhou, China (HGH).
"The scheduled Eurasia operation will commence March 20 with three weekly flights introducing the first of three newly converted Boeing 767-300 freighters that have recently been purchased for Maersk Air Cargo. All Europe-China flights will be operated by Maersk´s internal cargo airline," says an official release.
Michel Pozas Lucic, Global Head of Air, Maersk says: “With the introduction of our new service between Europe and China, we have taken another leap with our customers in providing true integrated logistics. We want to ensure that our customers have the visibility, reliability, and resilience in their supply chains. In this, air freight with scheduled flights and controlled capacity represents a crucial part of our customers´ end-to-end logistics needs."
The inaugural flight also marks the first scheduled air cargo operation between Denmark and Asia, the release added. "The corridor from Billund Airport is expected to significantly increase access for high value and time sensitive cargo between Scandinavia, Northern Europe, and the entire Asia-Pacific."
The facility in Billund houses a fully equipped, 4,000 m² import and 13,000 m² export facility with separate areas for cold storage, dangerous goods, scanning and ULD handling. "Billund airport will have a Maersk Air cargo team with pilots and aircraft maintenance staff, a flight operations team and a freight forwarding team all available to secure reliability for Maersk customers."
Maersk also recently launched a new air freight service with scheduled flights between Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina (GSP) and Incheon, Korea (ICN) operated by Miami-headquartered cargo airline Amerijet International.
In addition, Maersk opened a new Chicago air freight gateway facility to add more supply chain integration opportunities for customers using Chicago O’Hare International and Rockford International, the release added.
Maersk Air Cargo also flies regularly from Frankfurt Hahn to Greenville-Spartanburg, Chicago and O.R. Tambo Airport, Frankfurt to Mexico City and Incheon to Greenville-Spartanburg.