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 […]

CargoLogicAir adds fourth freighter, plans for fifth

Earlier this week, London-based CargoLogicAir (CLA) added a 747-400 freighter (35170) to its fleet, bringing the all-cargo airline’s fleet total to four units, comprised of three 747-400Fs and a 747-8F. The UK-based carrier expects to have a fifth freighter operating in its fleet by 2020. The newest addition to the fleet is on an operational lease […]

AirBridgeCargo names Liège Airport as new European hub

Three months after Volga-Dnepr Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a new cargo hub at Liège Airport (LGG), the group’s Russian subsidiary, AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), signed a 10-year lease at LGG to increase air cargo volumes to and from the airport and foster greater cooperation between the two parties. The airport said […]

Runaway e-commerce growth reshaping air freight: Part II

Today, we conclude our two-part analysis of the ways in which surging demand from e-commerce is changing how participants across the air freight supply chain operate, and what the future of air freight in a logistics world built around e-commerce might look like. Part II examines how e-commerce marketplaces are making moves toward offering their […]

Runaway e-commerce growth reshaping air freight: Part I

Today, we begin a two-part analysis of the ways in which surging demand from e-commerce is changing how participants across the air freight supply chain operate and what the future of air freight in a logistics world built around e-commerce might look like. Part I offers insights into what qualifies as e-commerce, which trade routes are […]

Alibaba refreshes blueprint for achieving global deliveries within 72 hours

  The goals remain much the same. Alibaba co-founder and chairman, Jack Ma has a steadfast vision for global e-commerce logistics that aims to make parcel shipments significantly cheaper, while boosting the speed of point-to-point deliveries so that a delivery between any two city pairs within China or between any two global cities can be […]

AirBridgeCargo exploring a dual-hub strategy

Russia-based all-cargo carrier AirBridgeCargo is seeking to further consolidate its European freighter operations with the establishment of a secondary hub in Western or Central Europe that would complement its existing Moscow Hub.  The carrier is reportedly in the process of evaluating thirteen airports across Western and Central Europe to determine their ability to add adequate […]
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