Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.or MSC has taken the next step in developing its air cargo solution with the delivery of the first B777-200 freighter, branded with company livery. The brand new jet built by Boeing and operated by Atlas Air, will fly on routes between China, the US, Mexico and Europe.
The new air cargo division will be headed by experienced Jannie Davel, senior vice president for air cargo at MSC, who most recently headed Delta’s commercial cargo operations, before joining MSC in 2022.
“Our customers need the option of air solutions, which is why we’re integrating this transportation mode to complement our extensive maritime and land cargo operations. The delivery of this first aircraft marks the start of our long-term investment in air cargo,” said Davel.
“It is very clear that air cargo can enable a range of companies to meet their logistics needs. Flying adds options, speed, flexibility and reliability to supply chain management, and there are particular benefits for moving perishables, such as fruit and vegetables, pharmaceutical and other healthcare products and high-value goods.”
Aircraft lessor Atlas Air is supporting MSC on an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) basis. The widebody freighter is the first of four B777-200Fs in the pipeline, which are being placed on a long-term basis with MSC.