Kerry Logistics Network (KLN) joins forces with Malaysian cargo airline My Jet Xpress Airlines to offer customised air freight options within Asia by operating a new solution with Macau International Airport as the transit hub.
During the launch event, the two firms said the air freight solution was first introduced in March 2021 to support one of KLN’s e-commerce 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 — chosen for three reasons: its proximity to the customer’s distribution centre, its capability to allow carriage of products with batteries, and the efficiency of its customs clearance process.
Kerry noted that from five flights a month the solution now provides seven to eight flights per week. It will reach 200 flights soon.
My Jet expansion plans
Mohamed Yunos Bin Mohamed Ishak, Chairman of My Jet Xpress, noted future investments for the Malaysian cargo carrier citing increased demand in the region.
"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," he said during the launch event.
"With the strong e-commerce market growing rapidly, we acknowledge the consumer demand for greater transparency, speed, and reliability. We are doing our best to fulfill these demands and be relevant to the e-commerce growth."
The My Jet Xpress chief added: "We hope to see My Jet Xpress emerge as one of the main players in the air cargo industry, expanding not only in Southeast Asia but also throughout Asia with a larger fleet comprising narrow and wide body aircraft."
Meanwhile, Mathieu Biron, managing director - Global Freight Forwarding of Kerry Logistics Network, noted how the pandemic gave KLN "an impetus" to demonstrate the agility, flexibility, and resilience of its services.\
"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," Biron added.
Following the success of the Macau solution, My Jet Xpress and KLN said they 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.
The new services is expected to support the rapid surge of the e-commerce market, the spike in freight demand, and capacity challenges going into the peak season through scheduled flights and dedicated charters, as well as value-added services including cross-border trucking, warehouse storage, and last-mile delivery.