Saudia Cargo has signed a cargo agreement with IT and logistics operator, Cainiao Network – the logistics arm of Alibaba Group – to support e-commerce operations between China and Europe.
The carrier will operate five weekly flights from Hong Kong to Liege in Belgium with Riyadh city as a connection point.
These flights will form a sky bridge between Asia and Europe to facilitate the global e-commerce boom.
Saudia Cargo’s CEO, Omar Hariri, said: “We are excited for this strategic agreement which will enhance logistic services between the two continents through the famous Alibaba’s e-commerce platform and its high traffic of online shoppers.
“This agreement is part of our framework to transform the Kingdom into an open gate for world trade and a bridge connecting East and West by leveraging its strategic location in the center of the world. Other promising partnerships will be coming up in the near future to reinforce logistic operations of Alibaba in both continents.”
He added: “The global pandemic has revealed the urging need for cargo services due to the rapidly growing demand on online shopping. We are working closely with our worldwide partners to execute the most effective logistic solutions to guarantee a constant flow of cargo with punctual delivery.” He added.
Since the start of the pandemic, Saudia Cargo has announced several measures to ensure the continuity of its highly efficient logistic operations such as increasing cargo flights to many destinations in Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and USA to keep a regular flow of vital products and maintain the economic and commercial sustainability in the Kingdom.
With a fleet of seven freighter aircraft, including 3 Boeing 747-400Fs, Saudia Cargo said it has adequate space and tonnage capacity to haul e-commerce goods on different routes.Read the full article