Emirates SkyCargo is to expand its Italian cargo network when it launches daily non-stop flights to Bologna from 3 November 2015.
The daily service will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, offering 23 tonnes of bellyhold capacity on the first long-haul wide-bodied flight to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport.
“Bologna is an economic hub in Italy and for the entire European continent. But because of a lack of wide-bodied aircraft service to the region, many businesses must truck their goods over long distances to reach the closest major airport,” says Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president for cargo.
“With the introduction of Emirates SkyCargo service to Bologna using the Boeing 777-300ER, businesses in the region will have more efficient channels to reach their customers in cities around the world,” adds Sultan.
Bologna is home to car manufacturers, including Lamborghini, Ducati, Ferrari Maserati and Pagani. It is also an emerging centre for the agriculture, fashion and retail industries.
With a total cargo capacity of 46 tonnes per day, the Emirates Sky Cargo flights will connect customers in Bologna with cities across the world.
Emirates SkyCargo says the top export destinations include the UAE, Japan, China, India and Australia. The top exports are expected to include luxury vehicles, textiles and clothing, ceramics and tiles, marbles and jewellery.
The carrier says top exports into Bologna are expected to be comprised of manufacturing parts, pharmaceuticals, leather garments and perishable foods.
As part of its range of services, Emirates SkyCargo allows customers to ship fruits, vegetables and pharmaceuticals using its Cool Chain services, which are designed to preserve and expedite the transport of temperature and time sensitive goods.