Emirates SkyCargo is celebrating five years of operations to Belgium and Norway which have seen life saving medication manufactured in Belgium and fresh salmon from Norway just two of the commodities that have been transported across the world by SkyCargo.
Since the start of its services to Belgium and Norway in September 2014, the freight division of Emirates has flown over 235,000 tonnes of cargo to and from these countries, stimulating trade and helping local businesses reach global markets.
From Belgium, Emirates SkyCargo has facilitated over 60,000 tonnes of exports over the last five years. Soon after the launch of passenger flight services to Brussels, the air cargo carrier also started scheduled freighter operations to the city in 2015.
“Currently our customers in and around Brussels can access up to 20 tonnes of belly hold cargo capacity on Emirates’ twice daily passenger flights operated on our wide-body Boeing 777-300ER aircraft,” says Bob Vandamme, cargo manager Belgium, Emirates SkyCargo. Emirates also operates a thrice weekly freighter flight with B777 freighter aircraft.
Brussels is an important station in Emirates SkyCargo’s network for the transport of pharmaceuticals. It is one of the more than 20 global destinations in the air cargo carrier’s Pharma Corridors initiative that aims to provide enhanced protection for pharma cargo from origin to destination.
Since the launch of Emirates Pharma, the carrier’s specialised product for temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals, Emirates SkyCargo has transported more than 6,000 tonnes of pharma cargo from Brussels.
Elsewhere in Belgium, Emirates SkyCargo has also operated freighter flights to and from Liege in response to demand for transporting horses to global championship events. Over the last five years, the air cargo carrier has operated close to 80 horse charters from Liege transporting more than 3,500 horses and 800 grooms.
The largest of these charter operations took place in September 2018 with more than 500 horses being transported on 19 flights to and from the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 in the US.
From Norway, close to 62,000 tonnes of Norwegian salmon have made their way from Oslo to customers across the Middle East and Asia on Emirates Skycargo’s flights helping make an important economic contribution to Norway’s seafood industry. As a result of the strong demand for transporting salmon, Emirates SkyCargo launched a weekly freighter service on its B777 freighter aircraft to Oslo from October 2016.
“Since the start of our services, Emirates SkyCargo has played an important role in the export of Norwegian salmon on our passenger and freighter aircraft,” comments Mona Kongsvik, cargo manager Norway, Emirates SkyCargo. “However, over the years, our freighter aircraft have also helped transport other outsized items including aircraft engines, large ship propellers weighing more than 10 tonnes apiece, horses and relief cargo for humanitarian missions from Oslo,” Kongsvik adds.
In total, Emirates SkyCargo has transported over 105,000 tonnes of cargo to and from Norway since the start of its operations in the country.
Pharmaceuticals and seafood arriving in Dubai on Emirates’ passenger and freighter flights are rapidly and efficiently moved in an unbroken cool chain through Emirates SkyCargo’s hub and transferred to other flights across the carrier’s network of more than 155 global destinations, the carrier says.
A modern fleet of 269 wide-body aircraft and state of the art infrastructure support Emirates SkyCargo’s specialised solutions such as Emirates Pharma and Emirates Fresh for the pharmaceutical and perishables industries. Last year, the carrier moved over 400,000 tonnes of perishables and close to 75,000 tonnes of pharmaceuticals across the world.