Air Cargo Europe: Global deals are Emirates’ goal

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Emirates SkyCargo was expecting to conclude deals with global freight forwarder players and was seeking airlines for partnerships last week at the seventh Air Cargo Europe exhibition and conference in Munich (Germany).

The United Arab Emirates carrier spoke to freight forwarders and business partners at the show. Emirates’ divisional senior vice president for cargo, Nabil Sultan, spoke to Air Cargo Week (ACW) about the airline’s plans for the show and beyond. He says: “We expect a couple of deals that we’ll sign with key partners.” He adds that he is seeking special prorate agreemment partnerships with, “a couple of airlines,” n some routes.

One objective was to convey to pharma shippers that Emirates’ facilities at Dubai World Central (DWC) can protect sensitive medical products from the region’s high temperatures. Sultan also spoke to freight forwarders who deal with automotive and other industries to eplxain to them the capabilities of SkyCargo’s new freight facility. Contact with German freight forwarders during Air Cargo Europe week was another goal. 

In May 2014, Emirates moved its cargo operatiosn to DWC. Sultan refers to the facility there as, “superb,” and says his airline has already started accepting and delivering cargo for the local market. The facility can handle 750,000 tonnes annually. The goal is to increase its annual capacity to about one million tonnes by 2017 through a gradual, “ramp up”. Sultan wants to emphasis the achievements of his airline’s quality of service, he tells ACW: “Last week, we were at 98 per cent flown as booked.”