AN INTERNATIONAL carrier, Emirates, through its Emirates SkyCargo division, will expand its cargo network to respond to the growing demand for the global cargo market. One of the capacity expansion efforts is by adding two Boeing 747-400F aircraft through a long-term lease to boost cargo capability and flexibility.

Additionally, the additional capacity in the aircraft belly from the delivery of the new Airbus A350 passenger aircraft in late summer 2024 and the 777-X in the following year will also increase Emirates SkyCargo’s overall capacity.

According to the Divisional Senior Vice President, Emirates SkyCargo, Nabil Sultan in a statement in Jakarta, Thursday (05/11), ensuring that the mid-long term projections of the global cargo market show a potential increase of between 3-5%.

“This trend is in line with Dubai’s strategy to double its foreign trade through the large role of multimodal logistics and strengthening economic activity in the markets of the Gulf, West Asia and Africa,” he said.

Emirates SkyCargo is also expecting the arrival of five new 777F aircraft in 2024 and 2025 as well as 10 777-300ER aircraft from the cargo conversion program over the next five years.

“We believe that even these additional aircraft will not be enough, and we will prepare MRO (maintenance and repair) to increase the cargo conversion program quickly and efficiently if needed,” he said.

Through these efforts, over the next ten years, Emirates SkyCargo will add more than 20 new destinations to its cargo network, with a fleet of over 300 widebody aircraft, consisting of 777s, 777-F, 747-F, A350s and A380s.

“Our new fleet formation also allows us to serve all customers more flexibly and better,” said Nabil.

According to the plan, Emirates SkyCargo will also invest in developing new products and accelerating digitalization and technological innovation so that fast, precise, flexible and efficient solutions emerge.

Currently, Dubai-based Emirates SkyCargo has 11 Boeing 777 cargo planes operating to Chicago three times a week and Hong Kong nine times a week and has a cargo terminal with a capacity of 1 million tons per year. [sources/photo special]