Volga-Dnepr partners with Alibaba’s logistics arm, Cainiao, to develop a cross-border shipment network and to develop different projects: Volga-Dnepr Group will guarantee access to its network and 41-aircraft strong fleet, while Cainiao will make the group a ‘preferred carrier’.
The pair will also develop an optimal scheduled route network in Asia, Europe and Russia, which will include improving processes such as ground handling and road feeder services.
It is likely that the majority of the Cainiao business will feed Volga’s AirBridgeCargo subsidiary and could also find its way onto partner Cargologicair’s network.
Volga-Dnepr, known for its ability to fly oversized cargo, has been increasingly interested in e-commerce. It is hoping to launch CargologicGermany next year, which will field a fleet of 737s for intra-Europe e-commerce, and it already operates 737s domestically in Russia under its Atran brand.
Volga-Dnepr had seen a 6% increase in cross-border shipments in the first 11 months of last year.