Logistics firm Maersk has ordered two Boeing 777 Freighters and will lease three more 767-300 Freighters.
The widebody jets will join the fleet of Maersk’s in-house cargo airline, Star Air, which is currently an all-767 freighter operator, the Danish company said on 2 November.
The GE Aviation GE90-powered 777Fs are due for delivery from Boeing in 2024, Maersk states, in what will mark the debut of the type at Star Air. The three 767-300Fs “will be operational next year” through Cargo Aircraft Management, the leasing arm of US air freight specialist ATSG, it adds.
“This year we have strengthened our integrated logistics offering… and as a natural next step, we are now ramping up our air freight capacity, creating a broader network to cater even better for the needs of customers,” says Vincent Clerc, chief executive of Ocean & Logistics at Maersk.
Copenhagen airport-based Star Air currently operates 15 aircraft, according to Maersk: 12 767-200SFs, two 767-300Fs and one 767-300BCF.
Maersk has also announced the acquisition of Hamburg-based Senator International, which it describes as a “well-renowned global freight forwarding company with a strong air freight offering”.