Chinese e-commerce company JD.com launches its first cargo flight between China and the US on June 7, Nanjing Lukou International Airport (NKG) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The service will be operated three times a week by China Eastern Airlines. By launching front warehouses in Shanghai and Shenzhen, JD.com says the freight route will be able to deliver products from China’s two major manufacturing regions in eastern and southern China to the US west coast. Currently, goods mainly include cross-border e-commerce products such as apparel and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG).
With JD’s US warehouses in California and New Jersey, the flight will enable transportation from China to clients in the US as fast as 48 hours, greatly reducing the fulfillment time and further stimulating goods transport between the two countries.
“Leveraging JD.com’s e-commerce advantages and the company’s overseas warehouses network, we are building an end-to-end fully self-operated route to facilitate the transport of quality Chinese products to the US and vice versa,’ says Stard Huang, president of JD International Logistics.
JD’s international logistics business has been working with enterprises to help them shorten cross-border delivery time and build up their global distribution capabilities. The e-commerce and logistics powerhouse targets to build a ‘double 48’ network to deliver from China to the destination country within 48 hours and deliver to the end customer within 48 hours.
JD has 32 bonded warehouses and overseas warehouses, with a total management area of approximately 440,000 sqm as of December 31, 2020. Through cooperation with international and local partners, JD has established international routes covering more than 220 countries and regions.