Alibaba’s logistics arm launches inaugural flight from Hangzhou to KL


A CHARTERED cargo plane carrying medical supplies and e-commerce goods took off from Hangzhou International Airport in China on Tuesday, becoming the inaugural flight of a new dedicated cargo route between Hangzhou and Kuala Lumpur (KL).

Operated by the Cainiao Smart Logistics Network Ltd, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s logistics arm, the Hangzhou-KL route would see five flights a week.

Cainiao senior expert in export division Yang Haiming said to enable a more inclusive global trade, the route connected Hangzhou — the home of Alibaba — and KL in the first overseas Alibaba-led Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP).

“The growing volume of cross-border e-commerce calls for a regular route between the two countries,” he said in a statement yesterday, adding that the flight would also be loaded with goods on the way back, which the company believes would boost exports from South-East Asian countries to China.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong said the government and Alibaba have been working closely to drive local small and medium enterprises’ e-commerce export under the Digital Free Trade Zone initiative to support a more inclusive global trade, in line with Ali- baba’s vision under the eWTP.