Freight JD enters air freight market with Tianjin Air Cargo

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Retailer company JD Logistics has announced, that it has entered the all-cargo air freight market through a partnership with Tianjin Air Cargo.

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China´s largest retailer has partnered up with operator Tianjin Air Cargo to transport goods on a dedicated cargo aircraft. With the new operations, JD seeks to ramp up its logistics business in the e-commerce market. Moreover, delivery speeds will be increased.

Launched this week, a Boeing 737 Freighter will fly six round trips a week. The aircraft wears the livery of Tianjin Air Cargo, but is also branded with the JD Logistics logo. JD plans to especially use the aircraft on the route between Tianjin and Guangzhou, but aims to deploy the aircraft for individual parcel deliveries throughout China.

“The addition of freight by dedicated cargo aircraft brings the strength of JD’s nationwide logistics network to even greater heights,” said Hui Wang, Head of the Express Business Unit at JD Logistics. “We look forward to expanding our relationship with Tianjin Air Cargo in the coming months and we are sure that the resulting expedited delivery speeds will be welcomed by individual consumers as well as the businesses we work with as part of our Retail as a Service strategy.”

Yi Zhang, Chairman & President of Tianjin Air Cargo added: “This new service sets a new industry milestone. The combination of Tianjin Cargo’s breadth of experience in freight and JD’s expertise in supply chain makes this partnership a force to be reckoned with.”

The partnership will allow JD to rely on a confirmed aircraft and scheduled operations. Before operating with Tianjin Air Cargo, JD had to rely on charter aircraft. Vice versa, Tianjin Air Cargo will utilize the 737 aircraft at full capacity on a regular basis.

Tianjin Air Cargo is a Chinese cargo operator, which has recently been rebranded from Sky Cargo Air. The operational base is at Tianjin Binhai International Airport in China. Its fleet consists of 3 Boeing 737 Freighter aircraft.

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