Maersk Air Cargo Expands Logistics Network with New China-UK Route


Maersk Air Cargo Expands Logistics Reach with China-UK Route

In a strategic move to strengthen its global logistics network, Maersk Air Cargo is exploring a new air cargo route between Hangzhou, China, and Bournemouth, UK. This trial route, operational until the end of the year, aims to establish a UK gateway for receiving e-commerce goods from China, aligning with Maersk’s overall strategy to become a comprehensive logistics provider.

Leveraging Bournemouth Airport for E-commerce Logistics

The new route utilizes a Boeing 767-300 medium widebody freighter, allowing Maersk Air Cargo to test the viability of the trade lane and assess the suitability of Bournemouth Airport as an alternative cargo hub outside London. Bournemouth Airport’s in-house ground service company, Cargo First, is responsible for loading and unloading the Maersk aircraft.

Maersk’s Transformation into a One-Stop Logistics Provider

This new route reflects Maersk’s broader transformation into a one-stop shop for logistics solutions. In early 2022, the company incorporated air cargo into its integrated logistics strategy, expanding the scope of its existing cargo airline to carry goods for its own customers in addition to providing dedicated transport for UPS and Royal Mail in Europe.

Expanding Air Cargo Network and Fleet

Maersk has acquired additional aircraft and Senator International, a large air forwarding company based in Germany, to offer shippers a wider range of transportation options. The company has set a goal of transporting about one-third of its annual air tonnage within its own controlled freight network, utilizing a combination of owned and leased aircraft.

Strengthening US Presence with New Air Cargo Hub

Maersk has also made significant investments in strengthening its US presence, opening a warehouse near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to facilitate transfers between customers and commercial airlines. Additionally, it has debuted a 130,000 square foot import/export gateway near Los Angeles International Airport, providing direct planeside recovery of containers and tripling Maersk Air Cargo’s access to capacity on the US West Coast.

Collaboration with Dnata for Cologne Bonn Cargo Handling

In related news, Maersk Air Freight has awarded a multiyear contract to airport services firm dnata to provide cargo handling for its charter aircraft at Cologne Bonn Airport. Dnata’s team will process 6,600 tons of cargo annually for Maersk, which organizes weekly flights between Cologne Bonn and Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) with a Boeing 747-400 freighter operated by Magma Aviation.

MSC Air Cargo Expands Fleet with Third 777 Freighter

Meanwhile, MSC Air Cargo, another ocean carrier with a startup cargo airline, has added a third freighter to its fleet. Atlas Air has taken delivery of a 777 freighter from Boeing, the third of four it will operate on behalf of Mediterranean Shipping Co. under a long-term transportation services agreement.


Maersk Air Cargo’s new China-UK route and its collaboration with dnata for Cologne Bonn cargo handling represent significant steps in the company’s ongoing efforts to expand its global logistics network and offer comprehensive solutions to its customers.


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