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Fly to Denmark! Maersk Air Cargo Service Hangzhou opens

Lian China Logistics Network 2023-04-17 14:17:08
On the morning of April 6, 2023, Maersk held the opening ceremony of Maersk Air Cargo Service Hangzhou at the Yingbin Building of Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport. Relevant leaders from the Zhejiang Provincial Government, Hangzhou Municipal Government, Zhejiang Provincial Airport Group, Customs, and Border Inspection were invited to attend the ceremony, and had in-depth exchanges with the management team of Maersk Greater China.

In recent years, Maersk has been committed to being customer-centric, connecting and simplifying customers' supply chains through "end-to-end, sea, land and air" all-round and integrated logistics solutions. Air cargo services are a key enabler of flexibility and agility in global supply chains, providing customers with faster supply chain solutions and more transportation options for high-value cargo. To this end, the company has opened regular flights between Hangzhou (Hangzhou/HGH) in China and Billund/BLL in Denmark to better serve Chinese importers and exporters. The first Boeing 767-300 freighter completed its maiden flight in late March, becoming the first all-cargo route opened by Hangzhou Airport this year, and also the first all-cargo route from Hangzhou to Denmark. In addition, on April 4, the air route between Hangzhou and Chicago Rockford International Airport (Rockford/RFD) in the United States was officially opened, with two flights per week, further expanding the air freight trade between China and the United States.

At the inauguration ceremony, Deputy Secretary-General of the Zhejiang Provincial Government Jiang Baogui delivered a speech: "On behalf of the Zhejiang Provincial People's Government, I would like to extend my warm congratulations to the opening of the Maersk Air cargo route. Air cargo is an important asset for Zhejiang Province to build a modern logistics circulation system. It is an important support for domestic and international double circles, stable industrial chains, supply chains, and service chains to ensure regional economic security. The launch of Maersk Air Cargo in Hangzhou has realized the connection between East China and the world's two major manufacturing and commercial centers on the East Coast of the United States. In addition to the high-density network of air freight with the Nordic region, it is of special significance to promote the construction of the Hangzhou New Area of ​​the Zhejiang Free Trade Zone. Zhejiang has rich production formats, active cross-border e-commerce, and strong demand for air transportation, which will also provide Maersk with broad development space.Hangzhou is the first city in China where Maersk’s regular all-cargo aircraft landed. We can fully feel the importance Maersk attaches to Hangzhou, Zhejiang, and the Yangtze River Delta. We hope that Maersk will continue to cooperate with Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport in route expansion, service optimization, and cargo source development. All-round cooperation in all aspects to achieve a win-win situation."

Ge Jianjuan, deputy general manager of Zhejiang Airport Group, said: "Hangzhou Airport became the first airport in China for Maersk all-cargo international routes to operate. At present, we are building an intelligent world-class airport with hub functions. We will integrate aviation logistics resources, and make every effort to build digital, international and domestic logistics channels, and high-standard multi-functional and characteristic logistics storage facilities to promote high-quality business development and improve Competitiveness in aviation logistics. Hangzhou Airport is the leading airport under the Zhejiang Provincial Airport Group. We are based in Zhejiang and face the world. There is great potential to join hands with Maersk and will lead the development of the new economy of aviation logistics in Zhejiang and the Yangtze River Delta."

Ms. Wu Bingqing, President of Maersk Greater China, said: "Thanks to the Zhejiang Provincial Government, Hangzhou Municipal Government, Zhejiang Airport Group and other relevant departments for their great support to Maersk, allowing us to launch a new air freight service between China, Europe and China. Another milestone in the development of an integrated logistics strategy. With the concept of "running on a new journey, exploring endlessly", we will create more resilient, visible and reliable logistics services for our customers through our own scheduled flights and air services with controllable capacity. Supply chain, and then help Chinese enterprises go global, and foreign brands enter China."

At the beginning of the flight, the flights between Hangzhou and Billings are three times a week, and the company plans to further increase the service frequency in the third quarter of this year. The route between Hangzhou and Chicago Rockford in the United States will be increased to three times a week from May this year. In addition, Maersk has launched flights between Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) in the US and Shenyang Taoxian International Airport (SHE), currently twice a week. This initiative connects China's manufacturing and business centers with those on the East Coast and Midwest of the United States, and continues to improve air freight products and services.

The future layout of Maersk's global air freight business will focus on customer needs and continuously optimize its fleet and routes. Maersk's goal is to provide customers with a global air freight network through its own freighter fleet combined with strategic commercial airline partners and charter flight suppliers.