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