Senior Vice President Cargo Operations Worldwide, Emirates
There is no doubt that freighters will remain important to the global air cargo industry. A bit more than half the world’s air cargo is moved on freighter aircraft so in terms of ‘lead’ it is an even game with two winners. Freighters allow a significant amount of cargo capacity to be deployed to markets with an higher cargo demand than belly space on passenger flights can satisfy (think e.g. Hong Kong or Nairobi), while freighters are further key to the transport of large and outsized cargo that may not fit in the bellies of passenger aircraft - Not to mention certain types of live animals (think e.g. race horses) or whole categories of Dangerous Goods.
For Emirates SkyCargo, our freighter fleet carries cargo directly from manufacturing hubs to consumer markets. For example, the flowers that we carry from Kenya or Ecuador directly to Amsterdam. We are also able to use our freighter fleet to respond to any sudden seasonal increases in demand where our passenger capacity may be insufficient to cater to capacity needs of the market. Further charter operations with the deployment of freighters on short notice on single or designated series of operations meet specific needs.
Through our passenger fleet we can offer high frequency direct air cargo connectivity to not just Tier 1 hubs but also to Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities across several geographies. Emirates SkyCargo’s unparalleled service offering in the market is because we can offer a combination of freighter as well as belly hold capacityboth of which are extremely important in responding to customer demand.