Emi­rates Sky­cargo starts new freighter ser­vice

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Emi­rates Sky­Cargo, the freight divi­sion of Emi­rates Air­line, has started a new Far East and Aus­trala­sia freighter ser­vice.

The weekly ser­vice, op­er­ated by Emi­rates’ new Boe­ing 777 freighter, will fly the Dubai-Sin­ga­poreSyd­ney-Hong Kong-Dubai route, pro­vid­ing these key trad­ing points with additional con­nec­tiv­ity to Emi­rates’ Dubai hub, which can link busi­nesses to the 114 des­ti­na­tions on the car­rier’s net­work.

The Boe­ing 777F – which touched down for the first time in Syd­ney on 12th Septem­ber – has the ca­pa­bil­ity to carry up to 103 tonnes of freight.

“ This new route not only bol­sters ca­pac­ity, it pro­vides our cus­tomers with more op­tions and in­creased trade op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said Hi­ran Per­era, Emi­rates’ SVP Cargo Plan­ning and Freighters.

“ We cur­rently trans­port cargo in the belly-hold of 126 pas­sen­ger flights a week be­tween Dubai and Aus­tralia, as well 28 Hong Kong flights and 42 Sin­ga­pore flights, and the freighter – with a wide main deck door – will in­crease our abil­ity to carry over­sized ship­ments,” added Per­era.

“ This takes our im­port ca­pac­ity to Aus­tralia to 1370 tonnes per week and, in these un­cer­tain eco­nomic con­di­tions, is fur­ther tes­ta­ment of our com­mit­ment to fa­cil­i­tat­ing in­ter­na­tional trade for busi­nesses in the re­gion.”

The in­au­gu­ral flight – which car­ried 100 tonnes of cargo, in­clud­ing med­i­cal equip­ment, di­ag­nos­tics, spare parts, tex­tiles and cloth­ing – was met by Greg John­son, Emi­rates’ Cargo Man­ager Aus­tralia, and Alex Bark­way, Emi­rates’ Cargo Man­ager New South Wales.

“ The ad­di­tion of a ded­i­cated freighter ser­vice is a ma­jor mile­stone in Emi­rates Sky­Cargo’s growth in Aus­tralia, and of­fers new pos­si­bil­i­ties for ex­pan­sion into other ar­eas of air cargo trans­port,” said John­son. “ With the high Aus­tralian dol­lar driv­ing up imports, this new flight will also pro­vide us with much needed additional ca­pac­ity into the mar­ket,” added Mr John­son.

EK9920 will depart Dubai ev­ery Sun­day at 20:35 and touch down in Sin­ga­pore at 07: 55 the fol­low­ing day. The B777F will then depart at 09:00 and com­plete its out­bound jour­ney at 18:30 when it touches down at Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

The re­turn ser­vice – EK 9921 - will depart Syd­ney ev­ery Mon­day at 21:30 and land in Hong Kong at 04:35 on Tues­day. De­part­ing Hong Kong at 07:35 as EK 9865, the ser­vice will then ter­mi­nate in Dubai at 10: 35.

With a lon­grange fly­ing ca­pac­ity and tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced Gen­eral Elec­tric ( GE) en­gines, the Boe­ing 777F pro­vides greater flex­i­bil­ity than any other freighter air­craft in op­er­a­tion to­day. It main­tains the low­est fuel burn of any com­pa­ra­ble sized air­craft, con­sum­ing nearly 18 per cent less fuel than to­day’s freighters. Emi­rates Sky­Cargo in­tro­duced its first Boe­ing 777F in March 2009. In De­cem­ber 2010, it op­er­ated its long­est ever non-stop flight – 17.5 hours from Syd­ney to New York – on the Boe­ing 777F. Emi­rates is the largest op­er­a­tor of Boe­ing 777 air­craft in the world, cur­rently with 91 in its fleet

The in­au­gu­ral flight was re­ceived by (from left): Markus Poller, Imports Su­per­vi­sor DB Schenker; Greg John­son, Emi­rates’ Cargo Man­ager Aus­tralia; Mark Kari, Emi­rates’ NSW Cargo Sales Ex­ec­u­tive; and

Ralf Muller, Gen­eral Man­ager NSW DB Schenker.

The Boe­ing 777 freighter, with a ca­pac­ity of 103 tonnes, will fly Dubai-Sin­ga­pore-Syd­ney-Hong Kong-Dubai

weekly, con­nect­ing busi­nesses to Emi­rates’ 114 des­ti­na­tions around the world.

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