A.P. Moller-Maersk has decided to rebrand its aviation offerings, Maersk Air Cargo, folding the Star Air branding in the process.
At the same time, Maersk has chosen Denmark’s second-largest airport, Billund, as its air freight hub for Maersk Air Cargo.
Maersk Air Cargo will progressively deploy and operate a controlled capacity of five aircraft – two new B777F and three leased B767-300 cargo aircraft. Three new B767-300 freighters will also be added to the US-China operation, which will be initially handled by a third-party operator. The new aircraft are expected to be operational from the second half of 2022 and onwards up to 2024.
Maersk Air Cargo is expected to be fully operational as of the second half of 2022 and comes at a time when other cash-rich liners, notably France’s CMA CGM, are also strengthening their air cargo offerings.