Emirates SkyCargo has completed two years of operating its weekly B777 freighter aircraft to Oslo and transporting nearly 35,000 tonnes of salmon over that time span.
The Dubai-based carrier, which offers close to 100 tonnes capacity on each flight, said it is facilitating international trade between Norway and the rest of the world and in addition to its weekly freighter service, Emirates SkyCargo also transports cargo on its daily passenger services to and from Oslo.
Norway is one of the world’s largest exporters of seafood and exports of Norwegian salmon were valued at around USD 4.0 billion for the first six months of 2018. Over the last two years, Emirates SkyCargo has helped transport close to 35,000 tonnes of Norwegian salmon from Oslo to a number of important export markets in the Middle East and East Asia.
Through Emirates Fresh, the carrier’s portfolio of transportation solutions for perishables, seafood exports arriving on the freighter from Oslo are rapidly transported through an unbroken cool chain at Emirates SkyCargo’s Dubai hub onto further flights on passenger and freighter aircraft.
Emirates SkyCargo’s wide network spread of over 160 destinations and frequency of flights from Dubai ensures that Norwegian salmon retain their freshness and reach their destinations in the quickest possible time, the carrier says.
In addition to salmon, Emirates SkyCargo’s freighter service also helps transport considerable volumes of other cargo. Over more than 100 scheduled freighter flights since October 2016, large items including aircraft engines, ship propellers weighing more than 10 tonnes apiece and other outsized spare parts for the marine industry have been carried by the carrier’s B777 freighter aircraft to and from Oslo.
In December 2017, Emirates SkyCargo’s freighter aircraft also carried thoroughbred horses from Oslo to Dubai for the Dubai racing season. The Oslo freighter service frequently carries pharmaceuticals and other general cargo.
Emirates SkyCargo offers main deck cargo capacity on a fleet of 14 freighter aircraft – 13 B777Fs and one B747F. The carrier operates scheduled freighter services to close to 40 global destinations on a weekly basis. In addition, Emirates SkyCargo also operates charter flights on an ad hoc basis based on customer demand.
In 2017, more than 360 charter flights were operated over and above regular scheduled services. Emirates SkyCargo is the world’s largest international cargo airline and in the financial year 2017-18, carried over 2.6 million tonnes of cargo across six continents.