Emirates SkyCargo celebrates start of New Freighter Service
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates Airline, yesterday celebrated the inaugural service on its new Far East and Australasia freighter route.
The weekly 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 can link businesses to the 114 destinations on the carrier’s network.
The Boeing 777F – which touched down for the first time in Sydney on 12th September – has the capability to carry up to 103 tonnes of freight.
“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,” added Perera.
“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.”
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,” said Johnson.