CMA CGM Air Cargo takes delivery of its first two Boeing 777Fs, based in Paris and orders two more

1st 777F, delivered on June 1, 2022

CMA CGM Air Cargo (Paris) on May 31, 2022 took delivery of its first Boeing 777F freighter, the pictured F-HMRB. A second has also arrived.

The 777Fs will be operated by a new CMA CGM Group French airline based at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

They group issued this statement:

The CMA CGM Group, a global leader in sea, land, air and logistics solutions, announce today the delivery of its two first Boeing 777 Freighters and the purchase of two more.

Four Boeing 777 Freighter will join the CMA CGM AIR CARGO fleet

At a ceremony signing held in Everett, WA, CMA CGM AIR CARGO took delivery of its second Boeing 777 Freighter, after the reception of its first Boeing 777 Freighter on May 31. These planes both come from the order CMA CGM AIR CARGO placed in Spring 2021. The purchase of two Boeing 777 Freighters was the first direct order since the CMA CGM Group announced the launch of its dedicated air cargo transportation division in February 2021.

 CMA CGM AIR CARGO also officially disclosed an order for two additional Boeing 777 Freighters. When delivered, the new planes will complete a fleet of at least 12 Boeing and Airbus aircraft by 2026. This additional order means that the CMA CGM Group will have a total of four Boeing 777 Freighters in its fleet.

 A cost-effective investment

The Boeing 777 Freighter will provide CMA CGM AIR CARGO the flexibility to deploy the aircraft across its growing air freight network in Europe, North America and Asia, as the Group pursues its commitment to offer its customers a complete range of transportation and logistics solutions.

 As the world’s largest, longest range, and most capable twin-engine freighter, the aircraft can carry a maximum payload of 107 tons. With a range of 9,200 kilometers, this plane will allow CMA CGM AIR CARGO to grow its air freight service by offering more international destinations and choice.

CMA CGM AIR CARGO provides end-to-end solutions for CMA CGM customers

Launched in March 2021, CMA CGM AIR CARGO is the Group’s new division dedicated to air freight. It represents another step forward in the CMA CGM strategic direction set by Rodolphe Saadé, CMA CGM Chairman and CEO, of providing the Group’s customers with an offering that harnesses the tight fit between shipping and logistics.

Route Map:

As previously reported, the CMA CGM Group and Air France-KLM Group on May 18, 2022 announced that they have signed a long-term strategic partnership in the air cargo market. This exclusive partnership will see both parties combine their complementary cargo networks, full freighter capacity and dedicated services in order to build an even more competitive offer thanks to the unrivalled know-how and global footprint of Air France-KLM and CMA CGM.

A 10-year exclusive strategic commercial partnership to strengthen their air cargo offering

CMA CGM and Air France-KLM share a strong ambition to invest and grow sustainably in the air freight business.

The agreement will have an initial duration of 10  years. Air France-KLM and CMA CGM will  join and exclusively operate the full-freighter aircraft capacity of the respective airlines consisting initially of a fleet of 10 full-freighter aircraft, and an additional combined 12 aircraft on order:

  • 4 full-freighter aircraft at CMA CGM Air Cargo (with outstanding orders for an additional 8 aircraft, 2 of which may be operated by Air France-KLM in the future),
  • 6 full-freighter aircraft at Air France-KLM Group based at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (with outstanding orders for an additional 4 aircraft)[2].

This new commercial partnership also covers Air France-KLM’s belly aircraft capacity, including over 160 long-haul aircraft.

The partnership will leverage both partners’ respective global sales teams, presenting one voice to the customer.

The strategic commercial partnership is expected to generate significant revenue synergies including the joint design of the full freighter networks and enhanced products and services mix opportunities. It will help meet customers’ ever-increasing need for more integrated and resilient supply chains and will leverage Air France-KLM’s vast existing franchise, experience and capabilities in air freight, backed by a global cargo network. CMA CGM will mobilize its large commercial network and global logistics platform and will complete this offer with innovative logistics and multimodal solutions, particularly in sea and land transport.

CMA CGM Group to become a reference shareholder of Air France-KLM Group

As part of this long-term exclusive partnership, CMA CGM will reinforce its commitment in the air freight industry by becoming a new reference shareholder in Air France-KLM. CMA CGM has the firm intention to take up to 9% of Air France-KLM’s ex-post share capital, for a period consistent with the implementation of the strategic commercial partnership.

This investment could be made as part of the contemplated capital increase of Air France-KLM, as announced on February 17, 2022[3]. Air France-KLM’s main shareholders will support a resolution for the appointment of one board member representing CMA CGM at the next shareholders’ meeting (May 24, 2022).

Top Copyright Photo: CMA CGM Air Cargo Boeing 777F F-HMRB (msn 67460) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 957814.

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