Cargolux Airlines International and Emirates SkyCargo are to enter into a codeshare partnership, using cargo capacity on each other’s flights and offering services under their own air waybills and flight numbers.
Earlier this year the two airlines announced the start of a strategic operational partnership working closely on a number of areas including block space and interline agreements, aircraft charter, hub connectivity between Dubai and Luxembourg and cargo handling cooperation.
The partnership has resulted in Emirates SkyCargo starting weekly freighter services to Luxembourg in June 2017, Cargolux transferring handling for their freighter flights at Dubai World Central to Emirates SkyCargo in September 2017, and Emirates SkyCargo chartering a Boeing 747 from Cargolux’s fleet since July 2017.
Emirates divisional senior vice president for cargo, Nabil Sultan says: “Over the last five months our operational partnership with Cargolux has gone from strength to strength. We have achieved a number of the milestones that we had targeted at the outset.”
“We will now be able to deepen this partnership through our codeshare agreement and offer a more seamless and broader range of product and service offerings to our customers.”
Cargolux president and chief executive officer, Richard Forson says: “This codeshare partnership is a natural progression in our cooperation and demonstrates the complementarity of both airlines. Our customers greatly benefit from this partnership as we can offer high-quality products and services to more destinations than ever before.”
The codeshare agreement will cover cargo capacity on both passenger and freighter flights.
Luxembourg’s minister of sustainable development and infrastructure, Francois Bausch joined a senior delegation from Cargolux to visit Emirates SkyCargo’s facilities in Dubai, and the two airlines say they will continue to explore opportunities to strengthen their partnership.