Atlas Air and Cainiao expand partnership with new Boeing 747-8 freighter

This expansion builds on Atlas Air's collaboration with Cainiao, and the additional planes will begin service for Cainiao in the second quarter of 2022.

The 747-8F provides 20% higher payload capacity and 16% lower fuel consumption than the very capable 747-400F
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The 747-8F provides 20% higher payload capacity and 16% lower fuel consumption than the very capable 747-400F

Atlas Air and Cainiao Network (Cainiao), Alibaba Group's logistics arm, strengthen their strategic collaboration with the addition of a new Boeing 747-8 Freighter as part of a long-term deal to improve capacity on routes between China and the America.

This expansion builds on Atlas Air's collaboration with Cainiao, and the additional planes will begin service for Cainiao in the second quarter of 2022, connecting China to the United States, Brazil, and Chile.

"In 2021, we deepened relationships with valued customers including Cainiao, CEVA Logistics, DB Schenker, DHL, DSV, FedEx, Flexport, Geodis, HP Inc., Icelandair, JAS, Kuehne+Nagel, SF Group and UPS," said John W. Dietrich, President and Chief Executive Officer Atlas Air Worldwide in the 2021 revenue report.

This 747-8F aircraft is one of the last 747s ever built by Boeing. As previously stated, Atlas purchased the final four 747 manufacturing planes to capitalise on high demand and provide value to its customers, while also strengthening its commitment to environmental stewardship by reducing aircraft emissions, resource consumption, and noise.

"We are very pleased to extend our strong partnership with Cainiao with the placement of one of our new 747-8Fs, the best performing widebody freighter in the industry with unique nose-loading capability. Cainiao is a leader in the fast-growing e-Commerce logistics market, and we look forward to continuing to support its global network with the superior and reliable service Atlas Air provides. This fuel-efficient, high-capacity aircraft reinforces the commitment to environmental stewardship that Atlas and Cainiao share," said Dietrich.

"Through our successful partnership, Cainiao has been able to offer our customers across the Americas with faster and more eco-friendly deliveries provided by Atlas' global operating capabilities. We are excited to add the new Boeing freighter to our expanding partnership in response to the growing demand for e-Commerce and greener logistics across the world," said William Xiong, Cainiao's Chief Strategist and General Manager for Export Logistics.

The Boeing 747-8 Freighter is the most capable, technologically advanced and environmentally friendly widebody freighter. The 747-8F provides 20% higher payload capacity and 16% lower fuel consumption than the very capable 747-400F.

In November 2021, Cainiao expanded its partnership with Atlas Air to include daily charter flights operated between China and Latin America in response to the growth of cross-border trade between China and Latin America.

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