The world’s biggest shipping lines acquire their own air fleet

Since 2021, a number of the biggest logistics companies specializing in sea and land transportation have begun to actively enter the cargo aircraft segment.

Kuehne+Nagel Swiss logistics company has taken delivery of its first Boeing 747-8 Freighter and will soon receive another. In November, MSC shipping company announced the acquisition of the first cargo aircraft, as well as its intention to organize cargo transportation under the MSC Air Cargo brand from the new year.

In February last year, CMA CGM, a French container logistics holding, announced the creation of CMA CGM AIR CARGO. In 2021, the company received four Airbus A330-200F freighters, and two more Boeing 777F freighters in 2022. By 2026, the CMA CGM AIR CARGO fleet is expected to include 12 cargo aircrafts.

In April 2022, Maersk Danish company announced the reorganization of its aviation business (the company owned the Star Air carrier) and the start of operations under the Maersk Air Cargo brand. According to FlightRadar24, a flight tracker, Maersk Air Cargo has a fleet of 12 aircrafts.