MSC launches MSC Air Cargo, Jannie Davel to lead operations
Solution to be available from early 2023, following delivery of first of four MSC-branded Boeing 777-200F aircraft.
Mediterranean Shipping Company SA (MSC), a global leader in transportation and logistics, has started developing a new MSC air cargo solution in response to customer demand and as a complementary service to its container shipping solutions.
"MSC Air Cargo has been under development for several months and the new solution will be available from early 2023, following the delivery of the first of four MSC-branded Boeing 777-200F aircraft that will be operated by Atlas Air, a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc," says a release from MSC.
Under the terms of the long-term ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) agreement, Atlas Air will operate all four of its new and incoming Boeing 777-200 freighters on a global basis for MSC with the first delivery being taken in Q4 2022. Atlas' order of these four aircraft was announced in January 2022.
"We are pleased to welcome MSC as a new customer, and look forward to supporting MSC as it develops its airfreight business and further enhances its position as a global leader in transportation and logistics," says John Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide. "This new agreement will allow MSC to capitalise on the state-of-the-art service solutions provided by our aircraft and crews, as well as the unparalleled air cargo expertise brought by our Atlas team."
MSC has appointed Jannie Davel, formerly of Delta Cargo, Emirates SkyCargo and DHL, to develop its air cargo business.
Soren Toft, Chief Executive Officer, MSC says: "We are delighted to announce the development of MSC Air Cargo and to welcome Jannie Davel to spearhead this exciting new offering for MSC clients. This is our first step into this market and we plan to continue exploring various avenues to develop air cargo in a way that complements our core business of container shipping."
Davel is an accomplished executive in the air freight industry with nearly 30 years of industry experience. Most recently he has served as Managing Director Commercial Delta Cargo based in Atlanta, Georgia.
(Story updated with inputs from Atlas Air)