Shipping group MSC to set up a new cargo airline


MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company plans to set up a new cargo airline as a complementary service to its container shipping solutions. 

The new carrier MSC Air Cargo is expected to begin its commercial service in early 2023, with its first MSC-colored Boeing 777-200 freighter to be operated by Atlas Air.  

The company said it has ordered a total of four Boeing 777-200 freighters. MSC has also revealed that MSC Air Cargo has already been under development for several months.

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“This is our first step into this market and we plan to continue exploring various avenues to develop air cargo in a way that complements our core business of container shipping,” MSC CEO Soren Toft said. 

The news comes a month after Italy selected a Certares-led consortium, backed by Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines, for talks on buying a majority stake in Italy’s ITA Airways, beating a rival bid by Germany’s Lufthansa and MSC. 

Founded in 1970, MSC is a privately owned transportation and logistics company headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.  

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