Emirates SkyCargo Celebrates Start Of New Freighter Service
Released on: September 26, 2011, 5:59 pm
Transportation / Logistics
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates Airline,
yesterday celebrated the inaugural service on its new Far East and
Australasia freighter route.
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 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.
"This new route not only bolsters capacity, it provides our customers with more
options and increased trade opportunities," said Hiran Perera, Emirates' SVP 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," 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 fligh - 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."
EK9920 will depart Dubai every Sunday at 20:35 and touch down in Singapore at 07:55
the following day. The B777F will then depart at 09:00 and complete its outbound
journey at 18:30 when it touches down at Sydney International Airport.
The return service, EK 9921, will depart Sydney every Monday at 21:30 and land in
Hong Kong at 04:35 on Tuesday. Departing Hong Kong at 07:35 as EK 9865, the service
will then terminate in Dubai at 10:35.
With a long-range flying capacity and technologically advanced General Electric (GE)
engines, the Boeing 777F provides greater flexibility than any other freighter
aircraft currently in operation. It maintains the lowest fuel burn of any comparable
sized aircraft, consuming nearly 18 per cent less fuel than today’s freighters.
Emirates SkyCargo introduced its first Boeing 777F in March 2009. In December 2010,
it operated its longest ever non-stop flight on the Boeing 777F; 17.5 hours from
Sydney to New York. Emirates is the largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft in the
world, with 91 in its fleet currently.
About Emirates SkyCargo
Emirates SkyCargo is the freight division of Emirates Airline.
Emirates' 157-strong fleet is one of the youngest in the skies. Emirates
SkyCargo's fleet includes nine freighters (three Boeing 747-400Fs, two 747-400ERFs,
three 777Fs and one 747-400BDSF).
In 2010, the carrier launched nine new routes, including three freighter services -
to Almaty, Bagram, Campinas. Emirates’ new routes in 2011 include Basra, Erbil
(freighter only), Geneva, Copenhagen and St Petersburg, while Rio de Janeiro and
Buenos Aires will be added to the network in January 2012.
Emirates SkyCargo currently serves a global route network that spans more than 114
points in 67 countries, including 12 cargo-only destinations, while 51 of the
locations Emirates SkyCargo serves are e-freight compliant.
Siobhan Bardet - Public Relations Manager
Emirates Corporate Communications
Opposite DXB Airport
P O Box 686
United Arab Emirates
(+9714) 708 1111
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