Emirates Skycargo adds new routes
EMIRATES SkyCargo is bolstering its fleet with an additional freighter to service growing demand from its markets worldwide.
The airline is ready to offer dedicated cargo freighter services to Johannesburg, South Africa’s commercial capital, and Lahore, the second largest city in Pakistan, both scheduled to begin on October 1. The announcements were made at the 22nd International Air Cargo Forum and Exposition at Bilbao in Spain.
The Johannesburg route will be operated by a dedicated Boeing 747-400F with a capacity of 124 tonnes, and Lahore will be served by a Boeing 747-200F with a payload of 100 tonnes. The new service to Johannesburg marks Emirates SkyCargo’s first
African freighter route. The Dubai-Lahore freighter service offers unbeatable tonnage and volume to the city and will return via Taipei and Dhaka.
Hiran Perera, Emirates’ manager cargo planning and capacity development said, “We are delighted to announce the launch of two new scheduled freighter services on 1st October, both symbolic in their own right.” The new freighter is a Boeing 747-400F leased from Atlas Air and will come on board on October 1. As the fourth 747-400F, it will boost Emirates SkyCargo’s freighter fleet to half a dozen aircraft, all Boeing 747s including two -200Fs. With a capacity of 124 tonnes, the new aircraft takes the airline’s total capability to nearly 700 tonnes. With four independently-controlled air-conditioned zones maintainable at different temperatures – so pharmaceuticals, fish, meat and vegetables can be carried in the same flight without risk of spoiling or contamination, the aircraft is ideal for Emirates SkyCargo’s needs.