Emirates launches new freighter route
Dubai, September 27, 2011
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of UAE-based Emirates Airline, has launched a new route to the Far East and Australasia.
The weekly air cargo service, operated by its new Boeing 777 freighter, will fly Dubai-Singapore-Sydney-Hong Kong-Dubai, providing the key trading points with additional connectivity to Emirates' Dubai hub, which links businesses to the 114 destinations on the carrier's network.
The Boeing 777F has the capability to carry up to 103 tonnes of freight, a statement said.
"This new route not only bolsters capacity, it provides our customers with more options and increased trade opportunities," said Hiran Perera, Emirates' senior VP Cargo Planning & Freighters.
"We currently transport cargo in the belly-hold of 126 passenger flights a week between Dubai and Australia, as well 28 Hong Kong flights and 42 Singapore flights, and the freighter - with a wide main deck door - will increase our ability to carry oversized shipments.”
"This takes our import capacity to Australia to 1370 tonnes per week and, in these uncertain economic conditions, is further testament of our commitment to facilitating international trade for businesses in the region,” Perera added.
The inaugural flight - which carried 100 tonnes of cargo, including medical equipment, diagnostics, spare parts, textiles and clothing - was met by Greg Johnson, Emirates' Cargo Manager Australia, and Alex Barkway, Emirates' Cargo Manager New South Wales.
"The addition of a dedicated freighter service is a major milestone in Emirates SkyCargo's growth in Australia, and offers new possibilities for expansion into other areas of air cargo transport," said Johnson.
"With the high Australian dollar driving up imports, this new flight will also provide us with much needed additional capacity into the market,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service