Atran launches weekly China-Europe flights for Cainaio

Russia-based Atran launched weekly scheduled flights between Hangzhou (HGH) and Riga (RIX) via Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) and other intermediate airports for Alibaba’s logistics-arm, Cainiao. The flights will utilize a 23-tonne capacity 737-800BCF and depart Hangzhou every Thursday. Although the new route will contribute to higher asset utilization for Atran’s -800BCF, independent of other business, the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 20, 2019

Turning point for slot scarcity at AMS with approval of new local rule

Today, Dutch Minister of Transport Cora van Niewenhuizen approved the implementation of a new local rule for airfreight at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), after the enforcement of a 500,000 annual movement cap at the airport led many cargo operators to abandon AMS for nearby competitors. The long-awaited rule change is meant to support AMS’ competitive stance in the European airfreight market against […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • April 24, 2019

Break Out: How cross-border e-commerce could evolve as Cainiao goes global

“Alibaba was founded in China, but it was created for the world.” This grandiose statement was made by Jack Ma, the Chinese business magnate at the helm of the world’s largest retailer and e-commerce company, Alibaba, in June 2015. He was speaking at the Economic Club of New York and had just defined a new […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • April 4, 2019

Speakers from Cainiao, Finnair Cargo join Cargo Facts Asia speaker faculty

The lineup of air cargo industry visionaries speaking at Cargo Facts Asia 2019 in Shanghai has recently expanded to include Terry Xie, head of linehaul & planning, Cainiao and Fredrik Wildtgrube, head of global sales, Finnair Cargo. See more details in our sister publication, Cargo Facts.
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 26, 2019

Dedicated Cainiao block train departs Zhengzhou for Liège

Alibaba’s logistics network Cainiao is continuing to underpin its presence in Liège by expanding its trans-Eurasian railway service with operator Zhengzhou International Hub Development and Construction Co, Ltd. (ZIH) into a full-fledged block space agreement (BSA), Steven Verhasselt, vice president commercial at Liège Airport told Air Cargo World. The first dedicated block train has departed […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • March 1, 2019

JD Logistics’ President of International Logistics to speak at Cargo Facts Asia

Stard Huang, president of international business at JD Logistics – the integrated supply chain management arm of Beijing-based JD.com – has joined the Cargo Facts Asia 2019 speaker faculty. During a Fireside Chat, Stard will discuss how consumer e-commerce demands are evolving, and the implications for cross-border e-commerce supply chains and their reliance on air freight.
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 22, 2019

Is it the role of the airport help train and recruit workers for sustained cargo growth?

Air cargo industry stakeholders are no strangers to the difficulties involved in recruiting skilled labor to fill warehousing and ground handling vacancies at growing airports. But does responsibility fall on the airport, or the individual stakeholders in need of labor? A number of airports, such as Liège Airport (LGG) and Istanbul New Airport (ISL), are […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 20, 2019

ABC reports 2 percent volume growth in 2018

Russia-based Volga-Dnepr Group’s all-cargo carrier, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) reported 2018 cargo volumes up two percent year-over-year, to just over 700,000 tonnes. Despite the lackluster growth overall,  AirBridgeCargo said higher-value specialty cargo volumes grew 25 percent y-o-y. While the marginal increase sounds slight compared to AirBridgeCargo’s double-digit growth rates of recent years, the figure isn’t far […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 15, 2019

Alibaba enters strategic partnership with Volga-Dnepr Group

Alibaba is making moves to further tap into Western markets in a new partnership with the Russian airline conglomerate Volga-Dnepr Group. Today, the e-commerce giant’s logistics unit, Cainiao, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Volga-Dnepr Group to utilize its trans-Eurasian-focused subsidiary carriers’ networks, and to each “leverage their respective logistics assets in Asia, Europe […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • December 17, 2018

Pierre Poignant to replace Lucy Peng as CEO of Alibaba subsidiary Lazada Group

Lucy Peng, one of 18 Alibaba co-founders (pictured), is stepping down from her current role of CEO of the e-commerce giant’s Southeast Asian subsidiary, e-commerce website Lazada, after only nine months in the position, according to reports from Bloomberg and Financial Times. Pierre Poignant, who served as chief operations officer at Lazada, and most recently […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • December 14, 2018

Hong Kong, Alibaba Group to build HKG smart logistics hub

Today, Airport Authority Hong Kong and Alibaba Group announced their commitment to collaborate in building a global smart logistics hub at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). The right to develop and manage the hub at the world’s busiest cargo airport was awarded earlier this year to a joint venture led by Cainiao Network, the logistics […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • December 12, 2018

China’s ‘11.11’ event called the biggest shopping day of all time

Yesterday, Alibaba’s busiest shopping event of the year, “11.11,” – formerly knowns as Singles’ Day – made history in both revenues and order volume as the biggest shopping event of all time, according to tallies by its logistics network, Cainiao. The promotion raked in US$30.8 billion in gross merchandise volume (GMV) – a 27 percent […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 12, 2018
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