Recently, Hong Kong based Kerry Logistics (KLN) joined forces with Malaysian cargo airline My Jet Xpress Airlines to offer customized air freight options within Asia as ecommerce traffic in the region builds.
The air freight solution was first introduced in March 2021 by the two companies to support one of KLN’s ecommerce customers who was struggling at the height of the pandemic to obtain freight capacity from Macau into East Malaysia and Indonesia. A transit hub was subsequently established in Macau for three reasons: its proximity to the customer’s distribution center, its capability to allow carriage of products with batteries and the efficiency of its customs clearance process. From only five flights a month, this partnership now provides up to eight flights per week.
Mr Mohamed Yunos Bin Mohamed Ishak, Chairman of My Jet Xpress, said, “My Jet Xpress successfully achieved 98% of on-time performance since we catered to the demand for both these markets. The investment into the new aircraft, two Boeing 737-800F, is about RM40 million to complement our existing three Boeing 737-300F and one Boeing 737-400F planes. With the strong ecommerce market growing rapidly, we acknowledge the consumer demand for greater transparency, speed, and reliability. We are doing our best to fulfil these demands and be relevant to the ecommerce growth.”
Mr Mathieu Biron, Managing Director – Global Freight Forwarding of Kerry Logistics Network, said, “The pandemic, while challenging, also gave us an impetus to demonstrate to our customers that we are an agile, flexible and resilient organization. We designed and launched solutions that enabled us to fill the gap between what limited capacity carriers can provide vis-a-vis the demand from customers. The initiative between My Jet Xpress and KLN is a perfect example of two partners designing a unique solution to support the customers, and it proved effective.”
Following the success of the Macau solution, My Jet Xpress and KLN are expanding their partnership by introducing more solutions to support the market with scheduled services from Kuala Lumpur and Shenzhen to destinations within Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. By offering scheduled flights and dedicated charters, as well as value-added services including cross-border trucking, warehouse storage and last mile delivery, the new services will be able to support the rapid surge of the ecommerce market, the spike in freight demand and capacity challenges going into the peak season.
According to Statista, the ecommerce market size in Southeast Asia is worth US$62 billion.