Atlas Air and Cainiao expand partnership

Atlas Air and Alibaba logistics arm Cainiao Network will add a B747-8 freighter on routes between China and the Americas in the second quarter of 2022.

The new long-term agreement of the strategic partners will see the freighter enter service for Cainiao, linking China with the US, Brazil and Chile.

“We are very pleased to extend our strong partnership with Cainiao with the placement of one of our new B747-8Fs, the best performing widebody freighter in the industry with unique nose-loading capability,” said Atlas Air Worldwide president and chief executive John Dietrich.

“Cainiao is a leader in the fast-growing e-commerce logistics market, and we look forward to continuing to support its global network with the superior and reliable service Atlas Air provides.  This fuel-efficient, high-capacity aircraft reinforces the commitment to environmental stewardship that Atlas and Cainiao share.”

William Xiong, Cainiao’s chief strategist and general manager for export logistics, said: “Through our successful partnership, Cainiao has been able to offer our customers across the Americas with faster and more eco-friendly deliveries provided by Atlas’ global operating capabilities.

“We are excited to add the new Boeing freighter to our expanding partnership in response to the growing demand for e-commerce and greener logistics across the world,”

The B747-8F provides 20% higher payload capacity and 16% lower fuel consumption than the B 747-400F.

In November 2021, Cainiao expanded its partnership with Atlas Air to include daily charter flights operated between China and Latin America in response to the growth of cross-border trade between China and Latin America.

Earlier this month, Atlas Air announced it will operate two new Boeing 747-8 freighters on a global basis for freight forwarder Kuehne+Nagel (K+N) in a long-term, dedicated charter agreement.

Atlas Air recently expanded its charter partnership with freight forwarder Flexport to add a third Boeing 747-400 freighter from September. It has also recently extended a long-term aircraft transportation services agreement to operate a Boeing 747-400 freighter for SF Group between China and the US.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings saw record results in 2021.


Record 2021 results for Atlas Air Worldwide

Atlas Air strikes charter agreement with Kuehne+Nagel

Atlas Air and Flexport expand partnership

Atlas Air extends agreement with SF Group

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]