Category Archives: CMA CGM Air Cargo

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.

Air Belgium (2nd) aircraft photo gallery:

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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.

 

CMA CGM Air Cargo to operate its first flight on March 8 from Liege to Chicago

CMA CGM Air Cargo has made this announcement:

  • Start of commercial operations for CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s first Airbus A330-200F
  • Opening of a regular route between Liege and Chicago on March 8
  • CMA CGM chooses Air Belgium to operate its fleet, Groupe ECS as commercial agent and is developing a blocked space agreement with CEVA Logistics

The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, announces that its new specialist air freight division CMA CGM AIR CARGO is to begin operations starting March 8, 2021 with the first Airbus A330-200F cargo flight between Liege and Chicago.

Liege-Chicago, CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s first regular route

CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s first Airbus A330-200F will begin regular commercial operations from Liege, Belgium, to Chicago, United States. It will be joined on March 16 by a second Airbus A330-200F that will also serve the U.S. market, doubling the total offered capacity.

CMA CGM has chosen Air Belgium and Liege airport as the strategic base for its operations

CMA CGM AIR CARGO will rely on the expertise of Air Belgium to operate the aircraft in its fleet. This dynamic airline has a recognized air freight transportation team.

CMA CGM’s Airbus A330-200Fs will be based at Liege, one of Europe’s busiest freight hubs, strategically located in the heart of a large population center and benefiting from a number of intermodal transportation options: air, shipping, road and rail.

Two specialists in air freight and logistics to market CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s services

The CMA CGM Group has decided to rely on the expertise of two European companies to market its services and operate its aircraft.

ECS Group, a leading GSA, will be in charge of marketing CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s services.

The CMA CGM Group has also decided to develop a blocked space agreement on board its aircraft with its subsidiary CEVA Logistics.

Note: The four Airbus A330-200F freighters were previously operated by Qatar Airways and are being painted at Dublin.

CMA CGM gets into the air cargo buiness

CMA CGM is getting into the air cargo business.

From Wikipedia:

“CMA CGM S.A. is a French container transportation and shipping company. It is a leading worldwide shipping group, using 200 shipping routes between 420 ports in 150 different countries, ranking fourth behind Maersk Line, MSC and COSCO Shipping Lines. Its headquarters are in Marseille, and its North American headquarters are in Norfolk, Virginia, United States.

The name is an acronym of two predecessor companies, Compagnie Maritime d’Affrètement (CMA) and Compagnie Générale Maritime (CGM), which translate as “Maritime Freighting Company” and “General Maritime Company”.

The company issued this statement:

  • A fleet of four Airbus A330-200F freighter aircraft.
  • CMA CGM Air Cargo, the Group’s new dedicated air freight division.
  • An enhanced logistics to answer growing demand from CMA CGM Group customers for agile solutions.

The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, is stepping up its strategic development in logistics by creating a specialized air freight division: CMA CGM AIR CARGO.
This move into air freight strengthens the Group’s transport and logistics business, allowing it to offer its customers a new range of comprehensive, agile and customized solutions.

Four modern long-range freighter aircraft 
To support its expansion into air freight, the CMA CGM Group is buying four 60-ton-payload Airbus A330-200F freighter aircraft, which came into service between 2014 and 2016. With a range of 4,000 nautical miles, they will connect Europe with the rest of the world. The CMA CGM Group will entrust the operation of its freighter fleet to a European airline (believed to be Air Belgium).

CMA CGM continues its strategic development in logistics
CMA CGM AIR CARGO represents a major new component of the CMA CGM Group in both operational and commercial terms.

This expansion into air freight is a new milestone in the Group’s strategic development, with the aim of providing Group customers with a complementary range of services covering both shipping and logistics.

Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, says: “In response to the growing demand from our customers for agile logistics solutions, we are creating a new division within the CMA CGM Group dedicated to air transport: CMA CGM Air Cargo. This division will launch with four Airbus A330-200F aircraft and will leverage commercial partnerships with airlines in order to deliver global coverage. This is a major milestone in the development of our logistics services.”