Cainiao Smart Logistics Network and Saudia Cargo are partnering to operate five weekly flights from Hong Kong (HKG) to Liege (LGG) Belgium, via Riyadh (RUH).
The partnership between the logistics arm of the Alibaba Group and Saudia Cargo aims to form a sky bridge linking Asia, Europe and Middle East to cater to what they note is growing e-commerce demand.
The Middle East is one of the top five overseas markets for Cainiao, with shipment volume growing 20 per cent year-on-year.
With the launch of new flights, customers in Middle East will be able to receive their online orders from China within 10 days. The popular products among Middle Eastern customers are electronic goods, apparels and household products.
William Xiong, Cainiao’s chief strategist and general manager of Export Logistics says: “The partnership with Saudia Cargo is key to expanding our global logistics network to improve export
The new flights will benefit both merchants and customers in China, Saudi Arabia and Europe from a better logistics experience.
Commenting on this agreement with Cainiao, Saudia Cargo’s CEO Omar Hariri comments: “This partnership is another significant milestone for Saudia Cargo. It is a confident step towards achieving our goals of turning the Kingdom into a modern global logistic hub,” he says.
“We are pleased to be working with Cainiao and look forward to more collaborations. Our new partnership assures customers of fast, flexible and cost-efficient solutions that will help businesses maximize resources while individual shoppers get more value for their money in these tough economic times,” Hariri adds.
Liege Airport is the sixth biggest cargo airport in Europe and has handled more than 500 million e-commerce packages in 2020, a record number despite the pandemic. It is the only European airport giving priority to full cargo and express transport, e-commerce in particular.