CMA CGM has taken delivery of two Boeing cargo planes as the shipping giant looks to expand its end-to-end services beyond ocean freight.
The two Boeing 777 aircraft were ordered in February 2021 with the launch of CMA CGM’s new air cargo division dedicated to air freight. With the addition of the two planes, CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s fleet now consists of 6 aircraft, as the company sets it sight on 12 Boeing and Airbus aircraft by 2026.
To help get to that number, CMA CGM AIR CARGO has now also revealed another order of two additional Boeing 777s with deliveries planned by 2024.
“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,” CMA CGM said in a statement.
As the world’s largest and longest-range twin-engine freighters, the Boeing 777s can carry a maximum payload of 107 tons and have a range of 9,200 kilometers, which will allow CMA CGM AIR CARGO to grow its air freight service by offering more international destinations.
“The reception of our first two Boeing 777 Freighters, and this new order of two additional aircraft represents a milestone in our fleet expansion,” said Olivier Casanova, CEO of CMA CGM AIR CARGO stated. “With four Boeing 777 Freighters by 2024, complementing our existing fleet of 4 aircraft, CMA CGM Air Cargo will enlarge its network, linking Europe, Asia and America and provide a tailor-made range of transportation and logistics solutions to our clients, thanks to a modern, technically and environmentally efficient fleet”.
Ricardo Cavero, Vice President Europe, Israel & Turkey Sales & Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes said: “We are delighted that CMA CGM AIR CARGO has placed an incremental order for two new Boeing 777 Freighters. With the delivery of its first two freighters, CMA CGM AIR CARGO will deliver on its promise to its customers to provide end-to-end logistics solutions. The Boeing 777 Freighter unrivalled operating efficiency will allow CMA CGM to operate the airplane across an extensive, global air freight network.”