Thursday, May 13, 2021

Traditional Maritime Shipping Group Extends Air Freight Operations

New Destinations on Cargo Routes
Shipping News Feature

EUROPE – US – MIDDLE EAST – French shipping and logistics group CMA CGM, is accelerating the development of its air freight division CMA CGM AIR CARGO, by adding three new destinations: Dubai, Beirut and Istanbul. They will complement its existing Airbus A330-200F-operated services to and from Liège, Chicago, New York and Atlanta.

Two months after its first air freight services were launched, the company is now introducing regular connections between Liège (LGG) and Dubai (DWC) from May 19. Dubai is a hub ideally located at the crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa, and it possesses all the latest infrastructure for handling goods requiring short transit times rapidly and reliably.

With its services to Dubai, the CMA CGM Group says that it can also provide its customers with a combined Sea-Air offer comprising shipping, logistics and air freight. That will give them the benefit of an end-to-end, agile full-service offering.

CMA CGM AIR CARGO also plans to start up regular services from Liège to Beirut (BEY) and Istanbul (IST) over the next few weeks. From its Liège base, it will offer rapid connection times between these new destinations and the United States. The ECS Group, a commercial air freight services company, will be in charge of selling capacity on the company’s services to all its destinations.

CMA CGM says that its new air cargo division represents a major new component of the CMA CGM Group in both operational and commercial terms. It is also a new milestone in the Group’s strategic development, with the aim of providing Group customers with a complementary range of services covering both shipping and logistics. Xavier Eiglier, Executive Vice President CMA CGM AIR CARGO, stated:

“With the introduction of these three new destinations, [we] will be able to offer a broader range of services to meet our customers’ needs. Strategically located at the crossroads between several continents, these new destinations will help speed up [the company’s] development. As we demonstrated recently by shipping humanitarian relief from France to India, CMA CGM AIR CARGO enables the Group to deliver even more agile, full-service solutions to meet the most urgent needs.”