FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. and one of the largest express carriers in the world, today announced the launch of a new intercontinental flight between Europe and Japan, offering customers better direct connectivity to the country and additional capacity to Japan and northern China. In addition, the flight, operated by a Boeing 777, adds approximately 200,000 kilograms of additional cargo capacity per week.
The flight departs from Charles-de-Gaulle Airport in Paris, France, and serves four times a week directly to Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan. From there, it continues to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, China. In addition to the new connection with Japan, there will also be a new flight that will fly one day a week from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Singapore Changi Airport and then to Guangzhou International Airport in China. , increasing cargo capacity. increases an additional 50,000 kilos per week.
These new connections, along with the company’s recently announced flights to Asia-Pacific exporters, reinforce FedEx’s commitment to meeting customer demand, particularly for e-commerce shipments to the region, such as the Benelux. In June 2021, FedEx announced e-commerce package volume growth of over $ 1 billion year-over-year from Asia and Europe. The new flight will support airlines operating on EU-Japan and intra-Asian routes, many of which are recovering from the initial shock to their economies in 2020, by improving access to APAC markets.
The main advantages for European companies include:
- direct connectivity to Japan – customers enjoy 48 hour delivery to many major cities in Japan.
- additional capacity for other APAC markets – this flight provides customers with additional capacity for express and freight shipments.
“Online retail sales in APAC generated around $ 2.45 trillion in 2020 – and with research suggesting e-commerce sales in APAC are expected to nearly double by 2025, it is essential that European companies have easy and reliable access to the growth potential offered by this region,Said Karen Reddington, President of FedEx Express Europe. “Our latest network enhancement means European businesses now have better access to the tremendous growth opportunities available in Japan and other APAC markets and can count on FedEx as a partner to grow their businesses on this thriving trade route.. “
The fast growing APAC markets will appeal to many European companies looking to expand in the region. Japanese world imports increased by 28.3% between May 2020 and May 2021 and Europe accounts for 16% of all Japanese imports ($ 103 billion). Japan is also the fourth largest e-commerce market.
Japan is an important trading partner for Belgium. Japan is in fact the country’s fifth partner outside the European Union. Commercial relations are very strong, particularly in the agri-food, chemical, technological and automotive sectors. More than 1,500 Belgian companies export their products to Japan and around 300 Japanese companies are active in Belgium, which represents a total of more than 25,000 jobs.
As one of the leading players in express logistics in the APAC region, FedEx currently operates more than 200 weekly flights to and from APAC to trans-Pacific and European destinations, connecting customers in the EU and from APAC to the company’s extensive global network.