Maersk Air Cargo newbuild B767-300Fs to be operated by Amerijet

Maersk Air Cargo will initially launch with three B767Fs. Photo: Maersk

Maersk Air Cargo’s three newbuild Boeing B767-300F freighters will be operated by Miami-headquartered cargo airline Amerijet on a US-China route from this autumn.

The order of the three new B767-300Fs was announced in April with the launch of Maersk Air Cargo. They are in addition to three leased B767s, also previously announced.

“We have bought three factory new B767Fs and they will be flying US-China starting this autumn, powered by Amerijet on a CMI basis, owned and controlled by us,” Maersk told Air Cargo News when we followed up on a story published by Freight Waves.

In its April press release about the launch of Maersk Air Cargo, Maersk said it would “progressively deploy and operate a controlled capacity of five aircraft – two new B777F and three leased B767-300 cargo aircraft. Three new B767-300 freighters will also be added to the US-China operation, which will be initially handled by a third-party operator. The new aircraft are expected to be operational from second half 2022 and onwards up to 2024”.

Last year, the company announced that it had purchased two new B777 Freighters to be delivered by Boeing in 2024 and leased three B767-300 Freighters which will be operational next year through Cargo Aircraft Management, the leasing arm of ATSG.

The B767 freighters will be utilised on US-China operation the company said.

In June, Maersk completed the acquisition of Senator International for $644m as it looks to boost its presence in forwarding and airfreight.

The previous month saw the shipping giant complete its acquisition of US forwarder Pilot Freight Services in a deal worth $1.7bn.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]