Maximus takes it to the maximum

IT has been a busy time for Maximus – the Middle Eastern all cargo carrier will rebrand and expand, Fathi Hilal Buhazza its chief executive officer said.

At the Dubai International Air Show, the company announced its new name –
Maximus Air.

“We have a lofty ambition to become one of the top three players in the global air cargo market. To achieve this we need to forge long term partnerships rather than being just a cargo operator and therefore [need] a larger fleet and a more diverse range of services have to be introduced,” Buhazza said.

Maximus Air is looking to add seven new aircraft to the fleet by 2015, bringing the number to 15.

“At present 50 per cent of our business comes from within the UAE and 50 per cent from outside,” he said. “We want the mix to be 80/20 in favour of international markets and so we are looking to the fast growing regions of Mahgreb [northwest African countries], Africa, Asia and South America.”

Maximus has also signed an ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) deal with DHL. Under the terms of the agreement, two newly converted A300-600RP2F aircraft will operate for DHL across Europe.

A similar ACMI arrangement was recently extended until August 2012 with Etihad Crystal Cargo for two Airbus A300-600RP2Fs.

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