Dubai : Emirates SkyCargo is operating a daily service to both destinations on its Boeing B777-300ER aircraft and is offering a cargo capacity of up to 20 tonnes per flight.
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, is boosting trade between the UK and the rest of the world by adding London Stansted and Edinburgh to its global network of over 155 destinations.
London Stansted and Edinburgh are Emirates SkyCargo's seventh and eighth destinations in the UK, the cargo unit said in a statement.
Emirates SkyCargo is operating a daily service to both destinations on its Boeing B777-300ER aircraft and is offering a cargo capacity of up to 20 tonnes per flight. This translates into an additional cargo capacity of over 500 tonnes per week for exports and imports for the UK market.
The carrier earlier offered the UK a weekly cargo capacity of over 2000 tonnes on over 120 passenger flights and two freighter flights.
Since 2014, Emirates SkyCargo said it has transported close to 600,000 tonnes of cargo including both exports and imports through its six existing gateways in the UK.
With a combined 63 flights a week from London Heathrow and London Gatwick, these London gateways account for biggest portion of the air cargo carrier's total UK cargo volumes.
Cargo uplifted to and from London in the last four years have accounted for slightly over 60 per cent of the total cargo uplifted to and from the UK.
Emirates said the daily service to London Stansted from June 8 is providing additional choice and capacity for customers in the London region.
The airline added that it has facilitated exports and imports of over 45,000 tonnes of cargo from Glasgow in the last four years and its new service to Edinburgh will stimulate further opportunities for global trade from Scotland.
The daily flight to Edinburgh will allow businesses, including exporters of Scottish Whisky and salmon, more direct and rapid air transport connections to global destinations avoiding the need to truck their products to destinations elsewhere in the UK.
In 2017, Emirates SkyCargo carried over 66,000 tonnes of exports from the UK to various destinations across the Middle East, East and South East Asia and Australasia.
New trade lane to South America
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, will be adding Santiago, Chile to its network of cargo destinations from 5th July 2018.
Santiago will be Emirates SkyCargo's sixth destination in South America following Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Viracopos, Buenos Aires and Ciudad del Este. The air cargo carrier will be offering customers up to 15 tonnes of cargo capacity on its Boeing 777-200LR aircraft.
The new service will also offer one of the fastest flight connections for cargo from Chile to destinations in East Asia including Shanghai, Middle East and Russia through Dubai. Together with the rapid flight time, Emirates SkyCargo also offers a suite of specialised transportation solutions for perishable cargo - Emirates Fresh - to help ensure the freshness of Chilean salmon and fruits during transit.
Emirates SkyCargo's state of the art cargo terminals in Dubai also have extensive cool chain facilities including dedicated temperature controlled storage areas and equipment such as Cool Dollies and thermal blankets to ensure cargo is well protected against thermal radiation.
In 2017, Emirates SkyCargo moved a total of 48,000 tonnes of cargo to and from South America.
Emirates SkyCargo is the world's largest international cargo airline operating a modern fleet of 268 aircraft including 14 freighters- 13 Boeing 777-Fs and one B747F. Emirates SkyCargo has developed a number of transportation solutions targeted at specific industry verticals including pharmaceuticals and perishables.