Maersk launches airfreight forwarding operations with charter flights

By Damian Brett

Shipping giant Maersk has launched airfreight forwarding operations with the addition of charter flights between Thailand and Japan.

The company said that it launched the first of multiple charter flights moving cargo for a leading tyre manufacturer from Thailand to Japan on October 11.

The expansion in airfreight forwarding comes following the integration of former forwarding subsidiary Damco earlier this year.

Rupesh Jain, managing director of Maersk Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, said: “I’m extremely proud of the Maersk team who came together in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore to mount air solution for one of our key clients needing urgent and tailor-made solution to meet its promise to their client.

“The team worked around the clock with the client as well as our supplier partner to ensure an effective and cost-efficient solution. The shipment was delivered to the customer in time without any issue. It also demonstrates our ambition to become the integrator of container logistics with value-added services to our customers.

Hean Chun Goh, auto, electronic and tech vertical head, Maersk Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, added: “It’s very fulfilling to be able to provide a truly integrated solution for our customers. With 11 air charters in place for this client, we are keeping its supply chain intact. We have provided our existing ocean customer with extended land-side services, and by offering this air solution, we have truly completed the transportation mode circle”.

The company said its airfreight services would complement its existing ocean freight transport provisions.

“By combining the speed of air with the cost savings of other modes, customers will be able to reduce inventory and improve their service offerings by fast response time at an affordable price,” it said.

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