Atran’s new Cainiao cross-border flight one piece to carrier’s 737-800BCF puzzle

Russia-based Atran will operate a weekly scheduled flight between Hangzhou (HGH) and Riga (RIX) via Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) and other intermediate airports for Alibaba’s logistics-arm, Cainiao. The flight will utilize the carrier’s sole 737-800BCF, which Atran added to its fleet in January (32616, ex-NOK air) on lease from GECAS [FAT 004768]. Although the new route […]

Cainiao, Volga-Dnepr discuss e-commerce impact on load balance [VIDEO]

During a roundtable panel discussion at the 8th annual Cargo Facts Asia symposium held earlier this month in Shanghai, executives from Cainiao and the Volga-Dnepr Group discussed whether e-commerce might one day be the key to balanced loads on freighter aircraft. After all, freighters, just like passenger aircraft, need to fly roundtrip. “Load imbalance has […]

Alibaba acquires 14% stake in STO Express

E-commerce giant Alibaba Group will take a 14% stake in Chinese STO Express through a US$693 million deal. The move strengthens Alibaba’s access to STO’s network, while the new surge of investment will likely help the express carrier in its aims to grow its aircraft fleet.   STO Express announced that its controlling shareholder plans to set up a new […]

Chinese fiscal reform could be a boon to e-commerce, says Alibaba

The Chinese Government’s sudden affinity for fiscal policy expansion is expected to boost consumer consumption and online business activity from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through a series of pro-consumption fiscal policies, said Joe Tsai, EVP, Alibaba Group. Such fiscal policies also allay fears that new “e-commerce policies” – which aim to make gray-market transactions […]

Volga-Dnepr Group’s cross-border cooperation with Cainiao reveals long-term ambitions at Liège

Cainiao, the logistics arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba, has named Volga-Dnepr Group its “preferred carrier for airlift capacity and logistics services” and will be granted “guaranteed access” to the Russia-based conglomerate’s fleet of forty-one aircraft, according to a joint release detailing a recently signed MoU between the two companies. For the Group and its cargo […]

Alibaba’s eWTP lands in Belgium, to bring major Cainiao presence to Liège

The Government of Belgium and Alibaba signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today, to promote cross-border e-commerce between China and Europe by bringing Alibaba’s Electronic World Trade Platform (“eWTP”) trade hub to Belgium. A major component of the deal includes significant investments in physical infrastructure by Alibaba’s Smart Logistics platform Cainiao, which inked a contract […]
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