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Mediterranean Shipping Co. designates air cargo agent

ECS Group will handle logistics functions in key markets for new cargo airline

MSC Air Cargo has a single Boeing 777 freighter crisscrossing the skies between Europe, North America and Asia. The fleet is expected to increase this year. (Photo: MSC Air Cargo)

MSC Air Cargo, the airline unit of Mediterranean Shipping Co., has selected ECS Group as its general sales and service agent (GSSA) for Europe and North America, the company announced on Monday.

The largest container shipping line launched its cargo airline late last year with one Boeing 777-200 freighter and flying outsourced to Atlas Air. The freighter operates twice per week between Mexico City; Indianapolis; Liege, Belgium; Seoul, South Korea; Xiamen, China; Anchorage, Alaska; and Mexico City. MSC said the second of four 777s it plans to lease from Atlas Air is expected to enter service in the coming weeks, once it is delivered from the Boeing factory.

As the airline’s agent, France-based ECS will be the airline’s marketing arm in the designated regions.

Airlines select GSSAs when they want to move into a market without having to maintain their own sales force and premises.

MSC Air Cargo, based in Geneva, determines which routes to fly and the frequency of services. It also interacts directly with many customers.

Jannie Davel, who previously worked at Delta Cargo as a managing director, heads MSC’s air cargo unit.

Other ocean carriers that have added or stepped up air cargo businesses during the past two years are Maersk and CMA CGM.

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Eric Kulisch

Eric is the Supply Chain and Air Cargo Editor at FreightWaves. An award-winning business journalist with extensive experience covering the logistics sector, Eric spent nearly two years as the Washington, D.C., correspondent for Automotive News, where he focused on regulatory and policy issues surrounding autonomous vehicles, mobility, fuel economy and safety. He has won two regional Gold Medals and a Silver Medal from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for government and trade coverage, and news analysis. He was voted best for feature writing and commentary in the Trade/Newsletter category by the D.C. Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In December 2022, he was voted runner up for Air Cargo Journalist by the Seahorse Freight Association. As associate editor at American Shipper Magazine for more than a decade, he wrote about trade, freight transportation and supply chains. Eric is based in Portland, Oregon. He can be reached for comments and tips at [email protected]