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Dubai is well positioned to achieve goal of 72-hour global delivery
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.
It is a landmark agreement for both Emirates SkyCargo and Cainiao to leverage each other’s strengths in cross-border eCommerce 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 eCommerce 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.
eCommerce 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.
Emirates SkyCargo’s network spread, frequency of flights including close to 50 weekly flights from China, its state-of-the-art hub facilities and the strategic location of Dubai allows it to serve as an effective logistics hub for the region.
As a key gateway that links Asia and Europe, Dubai is well positioned to help Cainiao achieve its goal of 72-hour global delivery.
Emirates SkyCargo offers cargo capacity to over 155 global destinations on a modern all-widebody fleet of 267 aircraft including 14 freighters- 13 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.