CMA CGM is pleased to announce the upgrading of its FAL (French Asia Line) service connecting Asia to Europe.

Effective the end of November 2005, CMA CGM will gradually introduce a series of 8 x 8,500 under the name of famous classic operas: Otello, Tosca, Nabucco, Parsifal, Traviata, Don Carlos, Don Giovanni, Carmen.

CMA CGM Otello will be the first vessel introduced in Pusan on November 26, 2005 and in Le Havre on December 22.

These new 8 x 8500 vessels will replace the present FAL fleet of 8 x 6,500 teus which will be redeployed on NCX service instead of the 5,700. These 5,700 teu vessels will replace the 4,000 teus presently operating on the Mex.

The rotation is as follows: Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Hong Kong, Port Kelang, Malta, Le Havre, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Zeebrugge, Southampton, Malta, Khor Fakkan, Hong Kong, Shanghai.

According to Nicolas Sartini, Senior Vice-President Asia/Europe Lines, “With this new modern fleet deployed, CMA CGM is pursuing its constant effort to improve the quality of service offered to our customers.”