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CMA CGM AIR CARGO to start operations on Mar 8 with Liege-Chicago service

February 24, 2021: CMA CGM AIR CARGO, the newly created and specialised air freight division of CMA CGM Group, will start its commercial operation with its first Airbus A330-200 freighter on March 8, opening a regular route from Liege in Belgium to Chicago in the United States.

CMA CGM has chosen Air Belgium to operate its fleet with Liege Airport as the strategic base for its operations.
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CMA CGM has chosen Air Belgium to operate its fleet with Liege Airport as the strategic base for its operations.

February 24, 2021: CMA CGM AIR CARGO, the newly created and specialised air freight division of CMA CGM Group, will start its commercial operation with its first Airbus A330-200 freighter on March 8, opening a regular route from Liege in Belgium to Chicago in the United States.

A second Airbus A330-200 freighter will join the fleet on March 16 and will also serve the US market, doubling the total offered capacity. CMA CGM has chosen Air Belgium to operate its fleet with Liege Airport as the strategic base for its operations. The group has chosen Liege because of its strategic location and its intermodal transportation options.

“CMA CGM AIR CARGO will rely on the expertise of Air Belgium to operate the aircraft in its fleet. This dynamic airline has a recognised air freight transportation team,” an official release from CMA CGM said.

Interestingly the CMA CGM Group has also decided to develop a blocked space agreement onboard its aircraft with its subsidiary CEVA Logistics. The world leader in shipping and logistics has contracted Paris-based ECS Group as its commercial agent.

Commenting on the launch of CMA CGM AIR CARGO, the new director of the division, Xavier Eiglier said that it represents a significant event in developing a comprehensive range of logistics services for the CMA CGM Group’s clients. “These initial destinations in the US, demonstrate our desire to offer our clients international coverage, serving the biggest freight airports in the heart of major economic areas,” said Eiglier.

Eiglier is the chief executive officer of ANL Container Line, a subsidiary of CMA CGM. He has been with the group holding a senior position since 2007.

It was on February 12 that CMA CGM announced the launch of CMA CGM AIR CARGO as a strategic step into air freight to strengthen its transport and logistics business, allowing it to offer its customers a new range of comprehensive, agile and customised solutions. As part of this, it decided to induct four Airbus A330-200 freighter aircraft.

It is reported that these four freighters are the ones retired by Qatar Airways on January 31. Industry sources confirmed that Qatar Airways sold those freighters to Boeing as part of the deal for the new five B777 freighters ordered at the Paris Air Show in 2019. Qatar Airways decided to finally retire the four remaining Airbus A330-200 freighters a month after they took delivery of the three B777 freighters. The other two B777 freighters will join the Qatar Airways fleet later this year.

CMA CGM has confirmed that the first two Airbus A330-200 freighters are indeed the ones retired by Qatar Airways. It declined to comment on the other two.

Reji John

Reji John

I am an editor with STAT Media Group. Since November 2013 I have been writing stories on how goods move from A to B, B to C and A to all the way up to Z and everything in between. The professional life before STAT Media Group was spent writing stories for newspapers, magazines, news television channel and online media. I also host two YouTube video interview series – Cargo Masterminds and Logistics Tech Dialogues. Mail me at reji@statmediagroup.com if you have some interesting leads to stories – but only about cargo.


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