Emi­rates Sky­cargo signs MOU with Cainiao to use Dubai as hub

The Gulf Today - Business - - UAE -

DUBAI: Emi­rates Sky­cargo, the freight di­vi­sion of Emi­rates and the largest in­ter­na­tional cargo air­line, has signed an MOU with Cainiao Smart Lo­gis­tics Net­work Ltd. (Cainiao), the lo­gis­tics arm of the Alibaba Group, to jointly fa­cil­i­tate the de­liv­ery of cross-bor­der parcels as Cainiao looks to ex­pand its global lo­gis­tics in­fra­struc­ture with Dubai as a hub.

The MOU was signed by Na­bil Sul­tan, Emi­rates Di­vi­sional Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Cargo and Xiaodong Guan, Gen­eral Man­ager of Cainiao Global Busi­ness at Cainiao’s global head­quar­ters in Hangzhou. It is a land­mark agree­ment for both Emi­rates Sky­cargo and Cainiao to lever­age each other’s strengths in cross-bor­der e-com­merce trade and air­line cargo op­er­a­tion. It will also sup­port Cainiao’s broader ef­forts to of­fer en­hanced cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence. Cainiao re­cently un­veiled plans to de­velop six global hubs in six cities around the globe. Dubai is one of them.

Un­der the terms of the MOU, Emi­rates Sky­cargo and Cainiao will work closely to man­age e-com­merce ship­ments in the Mid­dle East and other neigh­bour­ing re­gions through Dubai. Fur­ther de­tails of the tie-up will be an­nounced pro­gres­sively as they are de­vel­oped by the two par­ties.

E-com­merce is one of the strong­est growth ar­eas for the air cargo in­dus­try glob­ally. Emi­rates Sky­cargo has been ex­plor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to col­lab­o­rate with play­ers in or­der to of­fer value-added ser­vices over and above cargo ca­pac­ity be­tween air­ports, us­ing the strate­gic ad­van­tages of Dubai as a hub.

“We are de­lighted to be en­ter­ing into this agree­ment with Cainiao. The MoU that we have signed to­day is the first step In what will be a deep and fruit­ful re­la­tion­ship be­tween Emi­rates Sky­cargo and one of the big­gest play­ers in the global e-com­merce sup­ply chain,” said Na­bil Sul­tan, Emi­rates Di­vi­sional Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Cargo. “With Emi­rates Sky­cargo’s net­work spread, Fre­quency of lights in­clud­ing Close to 50 weekly lights From China, our state-of-the-art hub fa­cil­i­ties and the strate­gic lo­ca­tion of Dubai which al­lows it to serve as an ef­fec­tive lo­gis­tics hub for the re­gion, we are con­fi­dent that we will be a strong part­ner for Cainiao to bring an en­hanced ex­pe­ri­ence to their cus­tomers in the Mid­dle East and neigh­bour­ing re­gions.”

“As a key gate­way that links Asia and Europe, Dubai is well po­si­tioned to help us achieve our goal of 72-hour global de­liv­ery. The MoU with Emi­rates Sky­cargo is an­other mile­stone to reach this goal,” said Xiaodong Guan, Gen­eral Man­ager of Cainiao Global Busi­ness. “We have a strong com­mit­ment to Dubai and the neigh­bour­ing mar­kets. This fits well with our broader strat­egy.”

Emi­rates Sky­cargo of­fers cargo ca­pac­ity to over 155 global des­ti­na­tions on A mod­ern all-wide­body fleet of 267 air­craft in­clud­ing 14 freighters13 Boe­ing 777-Fs and one B747 F. Emi­rates op­er­ates two state of the art Emi­rates Sky­cen­tral cargo ter­mi­nals in Dubai to man­age cargo from pas­sen­ger as well as freighter air­craft. Emi­rates Sky­cargo has de­vel­oped a num­ber of trans­porta­tion so­lu­tions tar­geted at spe­cific in­dus­try ver­ti­cals.

As a tech­nol­ogy com­pany, Cainiao lever­ages cut­ting edge big-data tech­nol­ogy and open col­lab­o­ra­tion to build a global in­fra­struc­ture that links all the lo­gis­tics el­e­ments to Im­prove De­liv­ery ef­fi­ciency and cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence for all play­ers along the sup­ply chain. Cainiao’s vi­sion is to de­liver any­where in China within 24 hours, and across the globe within 72 hours. Emi­rates freight di­vi­sion has been ex­plor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to col­lab­o­rate with e-com­merce play­ers to pro­vide ser­vices be­yond cargo ca­pac­ity be­tween air­ports, us­ing the strate­gic lo­ca­tion of Dubai as a hub.

Emi­rates Sky­cargo, the world’s sec­ond big­gest car­rier af­ter Fedex In terms of freight traf­fic, has signed an agree­ment with a unit of China’s Alibaba Group to de­liver pack­ages across its net­work, as e-com­merce drives growth in global air cargo this year.

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