Qatar Airways and Cainiao fly to Sao Paulo

Qatar Airways Cargo and Cainiao Network have launched weekly charter flights to support e-commerce growth in South America.

The Boeing 777 Freighter services connect Hong Kong with Sao Paulo, and the first flight departed on 5 March for Guarulhos airport.

It had a technical stop in Doha before landing in Brazil with its cargo, which included online retail products such as beauty and fashion goods, jewellery and toys.

In the past year, Latin American business has grown at triple-digit rates for Cainiao and it has expanded its air cargo network to secure smooth supply chain performance.

William Xiong, Chief Strategist and General Manager for Export Logistics at Cainiao says: “In just over a year, Cainiao has established a comprehensive operation in Latin America, and we see that e-commerce retail in Brazil, in particular, is growing at a phenomenal rate. With Qatar Airways Cargo, we are in a good position to support that growth, and look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”

Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways Cargo says the airline launched specialised e-commerce products with charter programmes in 2015, which was about the time it started flying to Guarulhos.

He says: “We are therefore in a strong position to assist Cainiao, both with our understanding of and experience in handling fast-moving consumer goods, as well as with our established network and trained staff at all three charter touchpoints: in Hong Kong, at our state-of-the-art hub in Doha, and at Sao Paulo. We are delighted to welcome Cainiao on board.”