JD Logistics, the logistics arm of Chinese e-commerce giant JD, has obtained approval from aviation authorities to put its self-owned air cargo fleet into operation, a key move expected to help JD boost its long-haul freight capacity, improve delivery efficiency and ensure the stability of supply chains, industry experts said.
Jiangsu Jingdong Cargo Airlines Co., Ltd., an affiliate of JD Logistics, received permission from the Civil Aviation Administration of China on Wednesday.
The company, based at Nantong Xingdong International Airport in Jiangsu province, will be engaged in domestic and international air cargo transportation, serving industries such as high-end consumption, high-end manufacturing, medical care, and fresh produce.
JD Logistics said the carrying capacity of each airplane will be 23 metric tons, without disclosing the number and type of aircraft that will come into operation.
The company said it hopes to gradually expand the scale of its air freight fleet on the premise of ensuring safe operation.
The company will develop its domestic air freight business in the Yangtze River Delta region, the Bohai Economic Rim area, and the Pearl River Delta region in the preliminary stage, with a focus on the cities of Nantong and Wuxi in Jiangsu province, Beijing, and Shenzhen in Guangdong province, and plans to cover more major cities across the nation by the end of 2025, according to JD Logistics.