14 June 2018
HMM announced that it is launching a new premium China-Australia express service, under the name ‘A1X (Australia No.1 Express) with global carriers, Evergreen and APL.
The A1X service covers the ports of ‘Ningbo-Shanghai-Yantian-Sydney -Melbourne-Brisbane’ from August 17 starting its first service at Ningbo on the vessel ‘Hyundai Supreme’.
Previously, HMM provided the service through a slot purchase from Maersk, MSC, ONE, and Hamburg Süd.
For the new service, total five Panamax (4,600TEU) vessels will be deployed. HMM will deploy two vessels, and Evergreen and APL will deploy three vessels on the new premium express service.
HMM official commented that “We are pleased to introduce the premium A1X service to our valued customers.” And “HMM will provide stable and competitive China-Australia service cooperating with Evergreen and APL in order to meet the customer demand in Australia and improve customer services.”
Meanwhile, HMM is now on the progression of elevating its Australian agent to a subsidiary status to strengthen its position in Australia and provide more stable service. The process will be completed before launching the new service.
Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd, press release