Cainiao expands Atlas partnership with Colombia airfreight route
13 / 10 / 2022
By Rebecca Jeffrey
Atlas Air 747-8F. Photo: Cainiao Network
Alibaba Group logistics arm Cainiao Network has expanded its partnership with Atlas Air to launch a new airfreight route connecting China to Colombia to shorten transit times to South America.
The service will be operated by a 130-tonne capacity B747-8F. The first flight will operate on a route of Hong Kong-Miami International-and El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá. Thereafter, the service will include a stop in São Paulo, Brazil.
Together with the development of Cainiao’s logistics facilities in Latin America, cross-border e-commerce parcels from Chinese merchants will see a 76% improvement in door-to-door delivery time, from up to 50 days to as fast as 12 days, said Cainiao.
The additional flight means Cainiao has increased its charter flights to Latin America to eight per week.
Shippers can also utilise Cainiao’s “Must-Go” logistics service, which leverages Cainiao’s smart logistics technology to address issues along the cross-border shipping value chain such as cargo sortation and processing.
Selected goods will be tagged for priority services in the areas of warehousing, cargo booking and dispatch.
The partnership is a further expansion of Cainiao’s ongoing partnership with Atlas Air.
In October 2020, Cainiao announced that in response to the growth of cross-border trade between China and Latin America, Atlas Air would operate three weekly charter flights to link Hong Kong, China with Brazil and Chile.
In November 2021, Cainiao expanded this partnership to include daily charter flights between China and Santiago, Chile.
Most recently, in February, Cainiao added a new Boeing 747-8F under a long-term agreement to increase capacity on routes from China to Brazil and Chile.
The 747-8F widebody freighter provides a maximum payload of 133 tonnes, 20% higher than that of Boeing 747-400 freighters, with 16% lower fuel consumption than the 747-400F.