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CMA CGM Group and Air France-KLM Group announced a long-term strategic partnership in the air cargo market

CMA CGM Group has made this announcement:

  • Industrial cooperation combines Air France-KLM’s air transport experience and know-how with CMA CGM’s global supply chain expertise and assets;
  • CMA CGM and Air France-KLM to jointly sell their air freight capacity, providing customers with more options for their transportation needs;
  • CMA CGM to become a reference shareholder in Air France-KLM.

The CMA CGM Group and Air France-KLM Group today announced that they have signed a long-term strategic partnership in the air cargo market[1]. 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 17th, 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 24th, 2022). Such appointment, if approved by the shareholders’ meeting, would be subject to the completion of CMA CGM’s investment.

Air France-KLM and CMA CGM: two global players with European roots and strong sustainability commitments

CMA CGM and Air France-KLM are leaders in the transportation and logistics industry. They share an ambition to increase the sustainability and have both committed to Net Zero Carbon by 2050.

CMA CGM accelerates its strategic transformation into a global logistics leader

  • With this industrial cooperation, the CMA CGM Group is moving forward with its plan to develop and provide end-to-end shipping and logistics solutions in order to support its customers’ supply chains. The Group announced, during the last three years, the acquisitions of CEVA Logistics, Ingram Micro’s Commerce & Lifecycle Services (CLS), Colis Privé and GEFCO. With these operations, CMA CGM have accelerated its strategic development into a global logistics leader.
  • In March 2021, Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, created CMA CGM Air Cargo, a whole new operational and commercial arm specialized in air freight. CMA CGM Air Cargo provides the Group’s customers with an offering that harnesses the tight fit between shipping and logistics. This air cargo division has been expanding rapidly, thanks in particular to the entry into service of several full-freighter aircraft, and orders for new aircraft which will significantly boost the capacity in the months and years to come.
  • The CMA CGM Group, a global leader in sea, land, air and logistics solutions, is present in 160 countries through its network of more than 400 offices and 750 warehouses. With its subsidiary CEVA Logistics, a world leader in logistics, which transports 400,000 tons of air freight and 2.8 million tons of land freight each year, and its air freight division CMA CGM Air Cargo, the CMA CGM Group is continually innovating to offer its customers a complete and increasingly efficient range of new shipping, land, air and logistics solutions.

Air France-KLM is one of the leading airline groups in the field of airfreight

  • It carries an extensive Full Freighter and Wide Body Belly (WBB) aircraft network built around two global hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, both fitted with state-of-the-art cargo facilities and serving 295 destinations across 110 countries.
  • Air France-KLM has teams present in 116 stations covering a total network of 390 handling stations spread over all continents, making its commercial network one of the strongest in the airfreight industry. Air France-KLM has a long-standing experience and know-how in the field of specialized cargo (pharmaceuticals, perishables, express, etc.) and has developed one of the most advanced digital service solutions in the air freight industry.
  • Air France-KLM runs a unique and industry-leading digital distribution platform where customers can make bookings and manage their business 24/7.  It also leads the way in the field of sustainability, having introduced the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Program in December 2021.

 

[1] This deal remains subject to approval by the relevant regulators and consultation of employee representatives.

[2] Operated by Air France, KLM and Martinair.

[3] The launch of this potential capital increase remains subject to market conditions and necessary legal and regulatory approvals.

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Airbus firms up order for four A350F freighters from the CMA CGM Group

Airbus has firmed up an order for the purchase of four A350F freighter aircraft with the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics.

This order will bring CMA CGM’s total Airbus fleet to nine aircraft, including four A330-200F and one A330-200 to be converted into a freighter.

Airbus and CMA CGM Group sign for four A350F freighters

CMA CGM Group, a world-leader in shipping and logistics, and Airbus have signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the purchase of four Airbus A350F freighter aircraft.

The order, which is subject to finalization in the coming weeks, will lift CMA CGM’s total Airbus fleet to nine aircraft, including five A330-200F.

The aircraft will be operated by CMA CGM Air Cargo, the recently launched air cargo activity of CMA CGM Group.

CMA CGM Group orders two Boeing 777 freighters

Boeing and CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, announced the purchase of two new Boeing 777 Freighters to grow the Group’s air freight division operations.

CMA CGM Group launched its dedicated air freight division, CMA CGM AIR CARGO, in February 2021, commencing commercial operations in March with its first flight between Liege (Belgium) and Chicago, followed by flights to New York, Atlanta, and Dubai. CMA CGM AIR CARGO represents a major new component of the CMA CGM Group in both operational and commercial terms. It is also a new milestone in the Group’s strategic development into logistics.

The Boeing 777 will provide CMA CGM AIR CARGO the flexibility to operate the airplane across its growing air freight network while helping to deliver on its sustainability objectives as the CMA CGM Group pursues its commitment to offer its customers a complete range of transportation and logistics solutions.

The CMA CGM Group’s 542 containerships serve more than 420 ports around the world and transported in 2020 nearly 21 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) containers. With its logistics arm, CEVA Logistics, a world leader in logistics services, CMA CGM handles 400,000 tons of airfreight and 2.8 million tons of inland freight every year. CMA CGM is constantly innovating to offer customers new maritime, air, inland and logistics solutions. Headed by Rodolphe Saadé and present on every continent and in 160 countries through its network of more than 400 offices and 750 warehouses, the Group employs more than 110,000 people worldwide, of which 2,400 are in Marseille, France, where its global head office is located. In the United States, CMA CGM Group, which is headquartered in Norfolk, Va., employs more than 12,000 people. Its subsidiary, American President Lines (APL), operates a fleet of U.S.-flagged vessels and supports U.S. territories and American military stationed around the world.

Photo: CMA CGM Air Cargo (Air Belgium 2nd) Airbus A330-243 (F) OO-AIR (msn 1708) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 954585.

CMA CGM Air Cargo (Air Belgium 2nd) Airbus A330-243 (F) OO-AIR (msn 1708) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 954585.

Copyright Photo: CMA CGM Air Cargo (Air Belgium 2nd) Airbus A330-243 (F) OO-AIR (msn 1708) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 954585.

CMA CGM Air Cargo announces three new destinations

  • Three new destinations: Dubai, Beirut, Istanbul.
  • 7 destinations served: Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Liège, Dubai, Beirut and Istanbul.

 

CMA CGM AIR CARGO

CMA CGM AIR CARGO is adding three new destinations: Dubai, Beirut and Istanbul. They will complement its existing services to and from Liège, Chicago, New York and Atlanta.

Three new destinations expanding CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s offer

Two months after its first air freight services were launched, CMA CGM AIR CARGO is now introducing regular connections between Liège (LGG) and Dubai (DWC) from May 19. Dubai is a hub ideally located at the crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa, and it possesses all the latest infrastructure for handling goods requiring short transit times rapidly and reliably.

With its services to Dubai, the CMA CGM Group can also provide with a combined Sea-Air offer comprising shipping, logistics and air freight. That will give you the benefit of an end-to-end, agile full-service offering.

CMA CGM AIR CARGO also plans to start up regular services from Liège to Beirut (BEY) and Istanbul (IST) over the next few weeks. From its Liège base, CMA CGM AIR CARGO will offer rapid connection times between these new destinations and the United States.

Air Belgium to resume passenger operations on July 2, will add Curaçao

Air Belgium (2nd) has made this announcement:

Since the sanitary crisis outbreak, Belgian and international governments have implemented measures and restrictions that are constantly evolving. A clear and long-term outlook is difficult to obtain. In this context, Air Belgium has decided to anticipate future developments and to operate all its passenger flights as from July 2nd. Furthermore, to complete its flights to the French Antilles, Air Belgium collaborates with Air Caraïbes and will fly to Curaçao, an island in the Netherlands Antilles, as from July 3rd.

The aviation industry still suffers from a crucial lack of perspective. Air Belgium, as all citizens, is compelled to follow day-to-day changes and developments. The airline is constantly trying to adjust without being able to foresee the consequences of the announcements and decisions taken by the various authorities, whether Belgian, French and/or Caribbean. For this reason and after careful consideration, Air Belgium prefers to plan for a resumption of its passenger flights to the Caribbean from July 2nd.

“We prefer to choose wisdom since, on the Belgian side, the requirement to present essential reasons for traveling has already been extended twice since the beginning of this year 2021. Also, Martinique has just been reclassified as a red zone by Belgium and joins Guadeloupe, which has also been a red zone for a few weeks. At the same time, the French government still imposes compelling reasons to travel to Guadeloupe and Martinique. According to information received and collected from local stakeholders, these compelling travel conditions are not expected to be lifted for several weeks”, Niky Terzakis, CEO d’Air Belgium.

Air Belgium expects that by July 2nd, the various vaccination campaigns and the implementation of the European Vaccination Certificate will have progressed and will allow free travel within the European Union, of which Martinique and the Islands of Guadeloupe are part.

To provide more flexibility for travelers who may need to reschedule, Air Belgium is pleased to confirm that they will not interrupt their flight schedule to Fort-de-France during the months of September and October 2021. Flights to Martinique will be operated continuously from July 2nd onwards. Flights to the islands of Guadeloupe will resume on July 2nd and will also operate continuously except from September 1st to October 15th, 2021.

A new route to the Caribbean starting on July 3rd: Curaçao

Air Belgium is expanding its services to the Caribbean by launching a flight from Brussels Charleroi airport to Curaçao via Fort-de-France airport in Martinique.

After launching flights to the French Antilles in December 2019, it is a logical step for the airline to offer the Netherlands Antilles. While the French Antilles naturally attract more French-speaking customers (from Belgium or northern France), the Netherlands Antilles appeal more to Dutch-speaking customers (from Belgium or southern Netherlands).

Flights to Curaçao are now open for booking and will take off on July 3rd. The flight time between Fort-de-France and Curaçao is one hour and thirty minutes. Passengers in transit to/from Curaçao remain on board the aircraft during the stopover in Fort-de-France.

“Although the current crisis is affecting us terribly, we remain committed to resuming and expanding our operations. We have taken advantage of the last few weeks to work on developing new destinations as well as increasing our fleet through the successful launch of cargo operations to complement our core business. It is with great pleasure that we offer our passengers the opportunity to fly to the beautiful island of Curaçao in the Netherlands Antilles from July onwards”, Niky Terzakis, CEO d’Air Belgium.

Air Belgium has been operating cargo flights for CMA CGM Air Cargo.

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CMA CGM Air Cargo to add New York-JFK and Atlanta

CMA CGM AIr Cargo is expanding again. Besides Chicago (O’Hare), the new cargo airline is opening new routes between Liege and New York (JFK) and Liege and Atlanta on March 28.

The expansion is permitted with the arrival of the second Airbus A330-200F freighter operated by Air Belgium (2nd).

Two more are on order.

CMA CGM Air Cargo paints its first aircraft

Operated by Air Belgium (2nd)

CMA CGM Air Cargo of France has painted its first aircraft at Dublin, the pictured Airbus A330-243 (F) OO-CMA (msn 1688). The aircraft was formerly operated by Qatar Airways as A7-AFI. It was delivered on February 15.

The freighter will be operated for CMA CGM by Air Belgium (2nd) and will be based at Liege.

OO-CMA is the first A330 of four.

As previously reported, the airline is planning to begin operations starting on March 8, 2021 with the first Airbus A330-200F cargo flight between Liege and Chicago (O’Hare).

Copyright Photo: CMA CGM Air Cargo (Air Belgium 2nd) Airbus A330-243 (F) OO-CMA (msn 1688) DUB (Greenwing). Image: 953002.