LONDON – Maersk today announced the inaugural flight of Maersk Air Cargo’s new air freight service with scheduled flights between Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina (GSP) and Incheon, Korea (ICN) stretching the wings of its newly introduced cargo airline for the first time.
The scheduled transpacific operation will commence 31 October with two weekly flights introducing the first of three newly built Boeing 767-300 freighters that have recently been purchased by Maersk Air Cargo. All U.S.-Korea flights will be operated by Miami-headquartered cargo airline Amerijet International.
Maersk Air Cargo is the cargo airline arm of A.P. Moller – Maersk and is on a journey to provide customers with unique end-to-end air freight services through own controlled capacity and a global network of scheduled flights.
“Back in April, we announced the launch of Maersk Air Cargo as our integrated in-house air cargo carrier. With the introduction of this new service between the U.S. and Korea, we have taken the next step in securing logistics solutions for our customers with our own aircrafts.”
“Next to the new scheduled transpacific flights, we also operate own controlled capacity from Europe into the US, Mexico, South Africa, and Singapore,” said Michel Pozas Lucic, Global Head of Air & LCL in A.P. Moller – Maersk.
First air cargo operation between SC and Asia
The scheduled flight of Maersk Air Cargo also marks the first scheduled air cargo operation between the state of South Carolina and Asia. The corridor from GSP International Airport is expected to significantly increase access for trade between Asia, South Carolina, and the entire Southeast U.S.
Maersk also recently opened a new Chicago Air Freight Gateway facility to add more supply chain integration opportunities for customers using Chicago O’Hare International and Rockford International.
About A.P. Moller – Maersk
A.P. Moller – Maersk is an integrated logistics company working to connect and simplify its customers’ supply chains. As the global leader in shipping services, the company operates in 130 countries, and employs more than 100,000 people. Maersk is aiming to become climate-neutral by 2040 with new technology, new vessels, and assets as well as new fuels.
With the impending commencement of Boeing 767-300 freighter operations, Maersk Air Cargo’s website states that “Once under operation in early 2023, the aircraft will add 900 tons of cargo capacity on 18 flight sectors (two-way).”
With the recent announcement of the inauguration of freight operations between South Carolina and Incheon, South Korea, it would appear that Maersk Air Cargo are running ahead of their planned schedule.
The freighters will operate on sectors between Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) and Shenyang Taoxian International Airport (SHE) in China; Incheon International Airport (ICN) in South Korea; and two U.S. gateways – Chicago Rockford (RFD) and Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP)