MSC welcome aboard its first branded aircraft

Moving to the next step, Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) has taken the delivery of its first MSC-branded aircraft, built by Boeing and operated by Atlas Air. The B777-200 freighter will fly on routes between China, the US, Mexico, and Europe.

“Our customers need the option of air solutions, which is why we’re integrating this transportation mode to complement our extensive maritime and land cargo operations. The delivery of this first aircraft marks the start of our long-term investment in air cargo.”

Jannie Davel, senior vice president of air cargo at MSC

Having worked in the sector for years, Davel brings extensive air cargo experience. In his most recent role before joining MSC in 2022, he headed Delta’s commercial cargo operations.

He said: “Flying adds options, speed, flexibility, and reliability to supply chain management, and there are particular benefits for moving perishables, such as fruit and vegetables, pharmaceutical and other healthcare products, and high-value goods.”

MSC is supported by Atlas Air on an aircraft, crew, maintenance, and insurance (ACMI) basis. This aircraft is among the first of four B777-200Fs in the pipeline, which are being placed on a long-term basis with MSC.

Other top lines such as CMA CGM and Maersk have created air cargo divisions during container shipping’s recent record earnings period.

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