France-based CMA CGM Air Cargo will establish a French Air Operator’s Certificate and plans to launch service with 777 freighters next year.
Maritime and multimodal logistics group CMA CGM Group acquired four ex-Qatar Airways A330-200Fs earlier this year, all of which are now operated on a CMI basis by Air Belgium.
“CMA CGM group is launching a freighter AOC with the 777F,” according to a notice from the French pilots association, APNA. CMA CGM approached the pilot organization to facilitate recruitment of 777 type rated captains and first officers to be based in Paris (CDG), according to the notice.
Contracts begin on Jan. 1, 2022. While the source of the freighters is not yet known, the first aircraft is expected in early 2022, according to APNA.
CMA CGM declined to comment on the project.
For now, the four A330-200Fs operate primarily on trans-Atlantic flights between Liege (LGG) and U.S. destinations, including Atlanta (ATL), Chicago (ORD) and New York (JFK). The freighters are also used for intra-European flights between LGG and Dubai (DWC) and Istanbul (IST), as well as for ad-hoc charters. Much of the capacity is utilized by the group’s freight forwarding division, CEVA Logistics, which procures and markets charter and dedicated capacity through its “Skycapacity” program, launched earlier this year.
With international passenger flights slow to recover from travel restrictions introduced at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, freight forwarders are increasingly moving towards own-controlled operations. Just this month, French forwarder GEODIS put an own-controlled A330-300P2F into service.
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