First Baltic port with direct connections to China for e-commerce cargo movements
Atran Airlines, the Russian air express carrier within Volga-Dnepr Group, is introducing new route into its network between Hangzhou (China), an emerging technology hub and home to the e-commerce industry in China, and Riga (Latvia).
The flight, which is to be operated every Thursday on board of recently deployed Boeing 737-800BCF, will provide up to 23 tonnes of cargo capacity for e-commerce shipments of Cainiao Network, the logistics arm of Alibaba Group.
Said Dmitry Obsharov, General Director of Atran Airlines: “We have been focusing on satisfying growing demand of cross-border shipments, analyzing best-case scenarios for the consumers and launch of the lane Hangzhou-Riga is a result of our joint cooperation.
“Atran Airlines will offer cargo connection between Hangzhou, a major city in the Yangtze River Delta region, and Riga, which opens up distribution possibilities to both Russian and EU markets.”
Said Ilona Līce, Chairperson of the Board of Riga Airport: “With the arrival of Atran, Riga Airport has become the first Baltic airport to be used for direct regular e-commerce cargo transportation to China.
It provides invaluable opportunities for both businesses and the economic cooperation between the Baltic region and China in general, especially considering that Atran will also provide a connection to Russia.
Atran Airlines, which operates the fleet of Boeing 737-400SF and Boeing 737-800BCF, is concentrating on creating bridges for the booming volumes of online purchases between China and Russia, expanding its network and enlarging the fleet.
The new service adds to the recently launched Xi’an route into Atran’s fold with the carrier being aimed at further increase of its foothold in the region.