Emirates SkyCargo launches scheduled cargo flights to 67 destinations
EMIRATES SkyCargo has started dedicated cargo flights on a scheduled basis every week to 67 global destinations across six continents since the first week of May
EMIRATES SkyCargo has started dedicated cargo flights on a scheduled basis every week to 67 global destinations across six continents since the first week of May.
The flights include 11 destinations in the Middle East, seven in Africa, 22 in Asia, six in Australasia, 15 in Europe and six cities in the Americas.
Out of the 67 destinations, 58 are served by Emirates' Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft with a cargo capacity of around 40 tonnes and 24 cities are served by the Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777-F aircraft with the ability to uplift 100 tonnes of cargo per flight.
Emirates SkyCargo operated over 2,500 dedicated cargo flights in the month of April transporting essential supplies including protective equipment, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and food, reports The Loadstar, UK.
Emirates divisional senior vice president, cargo, Nabil Sultan, said: 'Over the last six to eight weeks, we have had to work innovatively and around the clock to move essential cargo to destinations where they were most needed.
'We started with just about a dozen cities served by our Boeing 777-300ER passenger freighters at the end of March but within the space of a month we have scaled our operations to a point where we now have more than 65 destinations as part of our network and about 85 daily cargo flights.'
Emirates SkyCargo also witnessed an increasing demand for operating charter flights during the month of April. The carrier operated more than 170 charter flights over the space of just four weeks. A majority of charter flights were operated to transport relief materials.
In total, the carrier transported an estimated 10,000 tonnes of personal protective equipment, medical equipment, devices and pharmaceuticals in the month of April on its scheduled and charter flights.
In addition to medical supplies, Emirates SkyCargo is also facilitating the transport of other items including perishables and fresh produce. Between January and April 2020, Emirates SkyCargo flew more than 85,000 tonnes of food around the world.
The carrier has recently announced that it is working with both the Australian and New Zealand governments to help transport fresh produce and other key exports to global consumer markets while at the same time ensuring that key supplies including equipment and medicine could continue to flow to Australia and New Zealand.