Scheduled transpacific operation from 31 October introduces the first of three newly built Boeing 767-300 freighters recently purchased by Maersk Air Cargo, as shipping group expands its logistics reach By Will Waters A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) has announced the inaugural flight of Maersk Air Cargo´s new air freight service with scheduled flights between Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina (GSP) and Incheon, Korea (ICN) – “stretching the wings of its newly introduced cargo airline for the first time”. The scheduled transpacific operation will commence 31 October with two weekly flights, introducing the first of three newly built Boeing 767-300 freighters that have recently been purchased by Maersk Air Cargo. All US-Korea flights will be operated by the Miami-headquartered cargo airline, Amerijet International. Maersk Air Cargo is the cargo airline arm of A.P. Moller – Maersk and “is on a journey to provide customers with unique end-to-end air freight services through own controlled capacity and a global network of scheduled flights”, the company said, as the shipping group expands its multimodal logistics reach. Michel Pozas Lucic, global head of Air & LCL at A.P. Moller-Maersk, commented: “Back in April, we announced the launch of Maersk Air Cargo as our integrated in-house air cargo carrier. With the introduction of this new service between the U.S. and Korea, we have taken the next step in securing logistics solutions for our customers with our own aircraft. Next to the new scheduled transpacific flights, we also operate own controlled capacity from Europe into the U.S., Mexico, South Africa, and Singapore.” Maersk said the scheduled flight of Maersk Air Cargo also marks the first scheduled air cargo operation between the state of South Carolina and Asia. The corridor from GSP International Airport “is expected to significantly increase access for trade between Asia, South Carolina and the entire Southeast US”, the company added. Chicago development Maersk also recently opened a new Chicago Air Freight Gateway facility to add more supply chain integration opportunities for customers using Chicago O’Hare International (ORD) and Rockford International (RFD) airports. The new Chicago Air Freight Gateway near ORD is designed to offer direct planeside recovery with immediate transfers to the new facility and also serves Maersk’s air cargo hub in RFD – “a 24/7, fast-growing, air cargo hub”. It is a Bonded Container Freight Station (CFS) with US Customs and operates as a US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Certified Cargo Screening Facility (CCSF), “to ensure timely, secure handling of air freight. This enables priority handling and sorting of import and export cargo,” Maersk said. The Chicago Air Freight Gateway news comes on the heels of Maersk’s recent acquisition of Senator International, which added Transatlantic experience and assets to integrate into Maersk’s North America Air Freight service to customers.