Azul’s cargo arm Azul Cargo Express has signed a commercial agreement in Brazil with Mercado Libre, Latin America’s largest e-commerce company.
As a result, Azul Cargo Express will become the only air-shipping partner within Brazil for purchases made on Mercado Libre’s website.
Azul is Brazil’s largest passenger cargo and the airline’s cargo business grew 44 per cent during the first half of the year, benefiting from Azul’s network and fleet expansion.
E-commerce was by far the fastest source of revenue growth increasing 314 per cent over last year. Mercado Libre currently represents 10 per cent of Azul Cargo Express’ revenue.
Azul’s CEO, John Rodgerson said: “We are very excited to have Mercado Libre as our largest e-commerce partner. When it comes to shipping, customers want fast delivery and reliable service, and this is what we do best.
“We fly to more than 100 domestic destinations, have 250 franchise stores nationwide, and are able to reach more than 3,500 municipalities within 24 hours. Moreover, we are the only airline in 72% of the routes we serve. Our breadth of reach and delivery speed is unique in the country.”
“To our customers, this partnership means faster deliveries through Mercado Libre’s and Azul’s extensive network, covering the entire country with almost 900 daily flights. With Azul, we expect to significantly increase both the number and speed of deliveries,” added Leandro Bassoi, vice-President of Mercado Envios, Mercado Libre’s Latin America shipping unit.