Emirates boosts service to 67 cities including 58 cargo-only pax

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An Emirates SkyCargo freighter and passenger freighter at Brussels airport.

Emirates SkyCargo is commencing dedicated cargo flights on a scheduled weekly basis to 67 global destinations across six continents from the first week of May.

This includes 11 destinations in the Middle East, seven in Africa, 22 in Asia, six in Australasia, 15 in Europe and six cities in the Americas.

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Emirates SkyCargo connecting London with 10+ weekly cargo flights.

Out of the 67 destinations, 58 are served by Emirates’ B777-300ER passenger aircraft with a cargo capacity of around 40 tonnes and 24 cities are served by the Emirates SkyCargo B777F aircraft with the ability to uplift 100 tonnes of cargo per flight.

Emirates SkyCargo has operated over 2,500 dedicated cargo flights in the month of April. Transporting essential supplies including protective equipment, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and food, the air cargo carrier flew more than 1,650 flights on its B777-300ER passenger freighters and over 850 flights on its B777 freighters to over 80 destinations on scheduled and special charter services.

Since January 2020, the air cargo carrier has transported more than 375,000 tonnes of cargo on its flights.

“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,” says Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, Cargo.

“We started with just about a dozen cities served by our B777-300ER 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.

“Our cargo operations continue to grow, as we see strong demand and every day we work to connect more points with our flights. Our operations support not just the immediate relief efforts, but in a distributed global economy, they also help keep businesses and trade running,” Sultan adds.

Emirates SkyCargo 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.

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Emirates SkyCargo moving perishables from Sri Lanka onboard a B777-300ER.

In total, the carrier transported an estimated 10,000 tonnes of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical equipment, devices and pharmaceuticals in the month of April on its scheduled and charter flights. Emirates SkyCargo also says it is drawing on its expertise for the transportation of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals to ensure that medicinal products are transported in a rapid, secure and efficient manner.

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, continuing to support local agriculture and produce exports while ensuring that consumers can still access fruits, vegetables and other fresh produce in local stores.

Emirates SkyCargo is working closely with national governments to help boost local economies by providing businesses with export capacity on its flights. 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.

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