CMA CGM Air Cargo plane, source: CMA CGM

CMA CGM develops its newborn aviation business

2021/04/12 at 8:25 AM

French shipping line CMA CGM is gradually expanding its newborn aviation subsidiary. The company entered a new market niche with one air freight connection between Europe and North America. Now, it operates three services.

The current year has already become crucial for CMA CGM in terms of developing its business. For improving and extending its offer, the French company launched an atypical division, which was named CMA CGM Air Cargo. Since early March, the shipping line has been providing air freight services between airports of Liege in Belgium and Chicago in the US.

Three destinations

Three weeks after this, CMA CGM Air Cargo added two more American directions to its network. “With New York (JFK) and Atlanta, we now serve two global airports in the US. These airports offer world-class infrastructure to propose intermodal connections in the region, including the South-East of the country,” the French company noted. CMA CGM Air Cargo has a fleet of two Airbus A330-200F freighters. In the coming years, it will increase up to four planes.

CMA CGM Air Cargo network, March 2021
CMA CGM Air Cargo network, March 2021

Three benefits

According to CMA CGM, it launched an air freight division due to the desire to significantly improve its logistics offer. Meanwhile, the French company has outlined three main key benefits of its strategical decision. First of all, it is an excellent transit time. The new services guarantee the fast delivery of freight to the customer.

Second, the company’s air freight services connect important hubs in Europe and the U.S. Moreover, the flights offered by its partners provide intermodal connections to Canada, Mexico, Russia and other countries. Third, the new services allowed CMA CGM to reinforce its logistics offer by adding a third component to the company’s maritime and inland connections.

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