JD LOGISTICS, the logistics arm of Chinese ecommerce giant JD, has obtained approval from aviation authorities to put its self-owned air cargo fleet into operation, reports Beijing's China Daily.
It is considered a key move that is expected to help JD boost its long-haul freight capacity, improve delivery efficiency and ensure the stability of supply chains, industry experts said.
Experts also said JD is facing intense competition from local courier companies such as SF Express, YTO Express and Cainiao Network, which have ramped up efforts to build global delivery networks, expand air cargo fleets and strengthen air cargo capacities.
Jiangsu Jingdong Cargo Airlines, an affiliate of JD Logistics, received permission from the Civil Aviation Administration of China to operate. The company, based at Nantong Xingdong International Airport in Jiangsu province, will be engaged in domestic and international air cargo transport, serving high-end consumption, manufacturing, medical care and fresh produce.
JD Logistics said the carrying capacity of each aircraft will be 23 tonnes, without disclosing the number and type of aircraft that will come into operation. The company said it hopes to gradually expand the scale of its air freight fleet on the premise of ensuring safe operation.
The company will develop its domestic air freight business in the Yangtze River Delta region, the Bohai Economic Rim area and the Pearl River Delta region in the preliminary stage, with a focus on the cities of Nantong and Wuxi in Jiangsu province, Beijing, and Shenzhen in Guangdong province, and plans to cover more major cities across the nation by the end of 2025, according to JD Logistics.
JD launched two chartered cargo flights from China to Brazil and Germany in March. The flights transport a variety of e-commerce goods from China, including fast-moving consumer goods, sports equipment and digital accessories. Goods are shipped to China on return flights, facilitating cross-border trade.
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