JD starts cargo flights between China and US

Chinese online marketplace JD.com has started flights between China and the US this week. Three flights a week will go between Nanjing Lukou International Airport and Los Angeles, operated by China Eastern Airlines.

As part of the logistics effort, three new front warehouses in Shanghai and Shenzhen have been opened and will store goods made in eastern and southern China. Most of these are cross-border e-commerce products including fashion and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG).

The flights will connect JD’s Chinese warehouses with those in California and New Jersey and this should enable goods to move between China and customers in the US in as few as 48 hours, greatly reducing the fulfilment time and improving trade between China and the US.

“Leveraging JD.com’s e-commerce advantages and the company’s overseas warehouses network, we are building an end-to-end fully self-operated route to facilitate the transport of quality Chinese products to the U.S. and vice versa,” said Stard Huang, president of JD International Logistics.