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Emi­rates’ Skycargo ex­pan­sion

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Emi­rates Skycargo, the freight di­vi­sion of Emi­rates, one of the fastest grow­ing in­ter­na­tional air­lines, has in­creased its South Amer­i­can op­er­a­tion to meet the grow­ing de­mand for air freight be­tween the United Arab Emi­rates and the car­rier’s global net­work.

Fol­low­ing the launch of a daily pas­sen­ger ser­vice from Dubai to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires on 3rd Jan­uary, Emi­rates Skycargo is now able to con­nect three points in South Amer­ica with trade op­por­tu­ni­ties in more than 100 desti­na­tions.

In ad­di­tion to the belly- hold ca­pac­ity of the 14 pas­sen­ger flights each week be­tween Dubai and Rio de Janeiro- Buenos Aires, it also of­fers cargo space on the 14 pas­sen­ger flights it op­er­ates each week be­tween Dubai and South Amer­ica’s largest city Sao Paulo.

The ca­pac­ity on these two routes – both served by Boe­ing 777- 300ERS – is bol­stered fur­ther by Emi­rates Skycargo’s ded­i­cated freighter ser­vice to Sao Paulo three times a week, which pro­vides a fur­ther 620 tonnes of ca­pac­ity on Boe­ing 777Fs.

“Emi­rates’ new di­rect flight will not only boost trade ties with the UAE, but also with South Amer­ica’s main part­ners in the Far East, such as China, Hong Kong and Ja­pan, and nu­mer­ous points through­out Europe,” said Robert Siegel, Man­ager Cargo Com­mer­cial – Europe and Amer­i­cas.

“This new linked ser­vice to two of the most eco­nom­i­cally vi­brant cities in South Amer­ica will present many new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties and re­in­forces Emi­rates Skycargo’s com­mit­ment to the mar­ket and to the bustling UAE- South Amer­ica trade route,” added Siegel.

“We also ex­pect to stim­u­late trade, mainly in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and au­to­mo­tive parts, be­tween Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires – and with Emi­rates be­ing the only wide- body op­er­a­tor at both desti­na­tions, we are also bring­ing en­hanced cargo so­lu­tions to the mar­ket.”

Ac­cord­ing to the ArabBrazil­ian Trade Board, Brazil­ian ex­ports to coun­tries in the Mid­dle East to­talled US $ 13.8 bil­lion in 2011, rep­re­sent­ing a growth of 22 per­cent over 2010. Ex­ports to the UAE reached US $ 2 bil­lion, an in­crease of 19 per­cent on the pre­vi­ous year. Brazil­ian im­ports from the Mid­dle East also reg­is­tered a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease, to­talling US $ 9.3 bil­lion, which was a rise of 44 per­cent on the pre­vi­ous year.

Mean­while, the ArabAr­gen­tinean Trade Board said ex­ports from Ar­gentina to the Gulf to­talled US $ 877 mil­lion in 2011 ( Jan­uary to Septem­ber), rep­re­sent­ing a growth of 13 per­cent on the same pe­riod in 2010, while im­ports from the Gulf to­talled US $ 74 mil­lion dur­ing these months. Ex­ports to the UAE rose to US $ 280 mil­lion and im­ports from the UAE hit US $ 28 mil­lion be­tween Jan­uary and Septem­ber 2011.

Also, with the new Emi­rates Skycargo ser­vice be­ing the only non- stop ser­vice from Rio de Janeiro to the Mid­dle East - and the fastest route to Asia - trade is also ex­pected to be gen­er­ated from other South Amer­i­can coun­tries.

Emi­rates Skycargo can con­nect South Amer­i­can busi­nesses to 19 points in the Far East and Aus­trala­sia and a fur­ther 20 in Africa, where there is also huge po­ten­tial, es­pe­cially in An­gola, a route which will pro­vide con­sid­er­able traf­fic in house­hold goods and con­sumer prod­ucts.

Brazil­ian ex­ports on the route are ex­pected to in­clude chem­i­cals, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, fresh fruits and fish, and will be trans­ported to the UAE and through­out Europe, to desti­na­tions such as France, Italy, Ger­many, Por­tu­gal and the UK, while Hong Kong and China will be the key trad­ing part­ners in the Far East.

In the other di­rec­tion, oil and gas spare parts, elec­tron­ics and their com­po­nents, are ex­pected to be the lead­ing com­modi­ties im­ported into Rio de Janeiro, mainly from Euro­pean coun­tries such as Italy, France, Ger­many, Spain and the UK, and from China and Ja­pan in the Far East.

Emi­rates’ net­work is al­ways ex­pand­ing; it will be fur­ther en­hanced when Harare and Lusaka be­come its 21st and 22nd African desti­na­tions on 1st Fe­bru­ary, giv­ing it a to­tal of 120 desti­na­tions in 72 coun­tries.

EK 247 leaves Dubai daily at 0710hrs and ar­rives at Rios An­tônio Car­los Jo­bim In­ter­na­tional Air­port at 1537hrs. It departs Rio at 1723hrs, ar­riv­ing at Buenos Aires Min­istro Pis­tarini In­ter­na­tional Air­port ( Ezeiza) at 1930hrs. From Buenos Aires, EK 248 departs at 2130hrs, ar­riv­ing in Rio at 0123hrs the fol­low­ing day. The air­craft will de­part Rio at 0310hours, ar­riv­ing in Dubai at 2250hrs.

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