Cainiao Network, the logistics arm of Alibaba Group, is partnering with Qatar Airways Cargo to launch a weekly charter flight from Hong Kong (HKG), China, to São Paulo (GRU), Brazil, and serve one of Cainiao’s fastest growing e-commerce destinations in Latin America.
Operating once a week, the Boeing 777 freighter provides 100 tonnes of cargo capacity.
On March 5th, the first Cainiao chartered Boeing 777 freighter departed Hong Kong Airport (HKG) at 6.45 p.m. UTC, headed for Guarulhos Airport (GRU), São Paulo, Brazil, with a tech stop at Qatar Airways Cargo’s hub in Doha, Qatar. The cargo on board included online retail products such as beauty and fashion goods, jewellery, watches, appliances, toys, and sports equipment.
“Cainiao’s mission is to deliver globally within 72 hours; a goal that can be achieved with the right logistics partners. In just over a year, Cainiao has established a comprehensive operation in Latin America, and we see that e-commerce retail in Brazil, in particular, is growing at a phenomenal rate,” said William Xiong, Cainiao’s chief strategist and general manager for export logistics
“With Qatar Airways Cargo, we are in a good position to support that growth, and look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”
Cainiao has experienced a three-figure growth rate in its Latin American business over the past year and has driven a focused air cargo network expansion in recent months.
“There is no doubt that e-commerce is not only here to stay but is also one of the fastest-growing commodities within logistics, today. It demands versatility, speed, accuracy, and a reliable, global network,” explained Guillaume Halleux, chief officer cargo of Qatar Airways Cargo.
“We launched specialized e-commerce products with charter programs, among others, back in 2015, around the same time as we began operations to Guarulhos, São Paulo. We are therefore in a strong position to assist Cainiao, both with our understanding of and experience in handling fast-moving consumer goods, as well as with our established network and trained staff at all three charter touchpoints: in Hong Kong, at our state-of-the-art hub in Doha, and at São Paulo. We are delighted to welcome Cainiao on board.”
Qatar Airways Cargo has a network of more than 60 freighter destinations and 140 passenger destinations. It employs freighters, belly-hold passenger flights, passenger freighters and mini freighters. The airline’s freighter fleet includes two Boeing 747-8 freighters, two Boeing 747-4 freighters, 26 Boeing 777 freighters, one Airbus A330 freighter, one Airbus A310 freighter and one Boeing 777-300ER mini freighter. It also has an extensive road feeder service (RFS) network.