Emi­rates Sky­Cargo : Em­pha­sis on e-freight and cool chain so­lu­tion

Em­pha­sis on e-freight and cool chain so­lu­tion

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The present in­dus­try trend is to adopt e-freight. Most cargo op­er­a­tors across the globe have al­ready started the process to im­ple­ment e-freight in their op­er­a­tions. Keki Pa­tel, Cargo Man­ager, In­dia & Nepal, Emi­rates in­formed that the air­line is in a strong po­si­tion to take the lead on that process. Pa­tel also un­veiled some new ini­tia­tives by Emi­rates Sky­Cargo for the ben­e­fit of cus­tomers.

Ac­cord­ing to Pa­tel, Emi­rates Sky­Cargo was the first car­rier to im­ple­ment Elec­tronic-Air Way­bill (e-AWB) ship­ments un­der the in­dus­try’s re­cently rat­i­fied mul­ti­lat­eral e-AWB stan­dard and its home base in Dubai is now 100 per­cent e-AWB across its op­er­a­tions. This demon­strates Emi­rates’ con­tin­ued ef­forts in adopt­ing the lat­est in­no­va­tions and in­dus­try stan­dards. Since 2011, Emi­rates Sky­Cargo has put in place over 120 bi­lat­eral e-AWB agree­ments with its cus­tomers to en­sure a smooth tran­si­tion from pa­per Air Way­bills to elec­tronic record for­mats-Elec­tronic Air Way­bill data.

Apart from e-freight ini­tia­tives, Sky­Cargo has also strength­ened its Cool Chain Pre­mium Ser­vice with the ap­point­ment of ad­di­tional cold chain so­lu­tions providers, for a quick re­sponse to the mar­ket tends. Pa­tel pointed out that the seam­less move­ment of im­por­tant tem­per­a­ture-sen­si­tive health­care and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts from one point to an­other is one of the key strengths of Sky­Cargo.

Emi­rates’ load fac­tors presently rank be­tween 70-80 per cent, while cargo load fac­tors are con­sis­tently high across the net­work. “In view of Emi­rates Sky­Cargo route net­work span­ning the globe, cov­er­ing 134 des­ti­na­tions in 77 coun­tries on six con­ti­nents; some of our mar­kets will need quite a sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment in ca­pac­ity and han­dling ca­pa­bil­ity in or­der to cope with the growth and de­mand,” felt Pa­tel.

Re­cently, the air­line has in­tro­duced a few in­no­va­tive prod­ucts for the In­dian cus­tomers. Pa­tel main­tained that Emi­rates was one of the first air­lines to of­fer spe­cial cool chain so­lu­tions in In­dia which is de­signed for the move­ment of tem­per­a­ture sen­si­tive com­modi­ties such as phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, vac­cines and per­ish­able goods. Thanks to use of ‘e-freight’, Emi­rates Sky­Cargo has made it more ef­fi­cient for agents as well as cus­tomers to de­liver and re­ceive cargo on time. “We ex­pect to cap­i­talise on the re­cent in­duc­tion of an en­hanced cool stor­age im­port ware­house at Mum­bai by in­creas­ing the im­port of cargo re­quir­ing spe­cial at­ten­tion such as phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal goods,” Pa­tel main­tained.

The air­line car­ries over 1,400 tonnes of cargo a week, com­bined from Chen­nai, Hyderabad, Ban­ga­lore, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode. Over­all, the air­line car­ries more than 3,000 tonnes of cargo from Mum­bai, Delhi, Ahmed­abad, Kolkata, Chen­nai, Hyderabad, Ban­ga­lore, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode to var­i­ous points across the world ev­ery week.

Thanks to use of ‘e-freight’, Emi­rates Sky­Cargo has made it more ef­fi­cient for agents as well as cus­tomers to de­liver and re­ceive cargo on time.”

Keki Pa­tel cargo man­ager, in­dia & nepal, emi­rates

Re­cently, Emi­rates has sig­nif­i­cantly boosted its cargo ca­pac­ity with the ad­di­tion of three new Boe­ing 777F air­craft, tak­ing its freighter fleet to 10 air­craft and its ded­i­cated freighter net­work to 13 des­ti­na­tions. Th­ese are Taipei, Chit­tagong, El­doret, Li­longwe, Kabul, Al­maty, Gothen­burg, Zaragoza, Vira­co­pos, Tripoli, Dji­bouti, Liege and Chicago. Later this year Emi­rates will be launch­ing three ad­di­tional new routes in­clud­ing Stock­holm on Septem­ber 4, Clark on Oc­to­ber 1 and Mi­lan-New York on Oc­to­ber 1. “Th­ese new des­ti­na­tions will boost the ex­ports from In­dia as well,” high­lighted Pa­tel.

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