Sep 9, 2021|

JD Launches China-UK All-Cargo Charter Flight


by Yuchuan Wang

JD launched an all-cargo charter flight between China and the UK on September 8, the e-commerce giant’s first regular cargo flight to Europe. The route further expands JD’s international transportation logistics network, in addition to the cargo flights to the U.S. and Thailand launched earlier this year.

JD launched an all-cargo charter flight between China and the UK

“We are committed to leveraging JD’s global supply chain, logistics and other infrastructure services to help boost the development of cross-border e-commerce and trade around the globe,” said Stard Huang, president of JD’s international logistics division. “We will also take the launch of this charter route as the opportunity to continuously upgrade our global logistics layout.”

The route between Hefei Xinqiao International Airport in Anhui province and Heathrow Airport in London will be operated three times a week by Air Moldova, via B747-400F. Currently goods mainly include e-commerce products and general trade products.

By launching front warehouses in Shanghai and Shenzhen, the freight route will be able to deliver products from China’s major manufacturing regions in northern, eastern and southern China. The flight will enable transportation to European clients in as fast as 48 hours.

At the same time, JD launched a self-operated warehouse in UK recently, enriching its warehouse layout in the Europe in addition to its warehouses in Poland and Germany. The combination of the freight route and local warehouse in the UK will enable an end-to-end transportation to facilitate the fast growing cross-border trade. The warehouse will also be open to local merchants in UK.

According to JD Logistics’ interim results in 2021, as of June 30, JD had approximately 50 bonded warehouses and overseas warehouses, covering an aggregated gross floor area of over 500,000 square meters.