Emirates SkyCargo operates first Luxembourg freighter service

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Emirates SkyCargo operated the first of its scheduled weekly freighter service to Luxembourg Airport on 12 June.

Emirates SkyCargo’s freighter operation between Luxembourg and Dubai World Central is one of the first steps in the strategic operational partnership between Emirates SkyCargo and Cargolux Airlines announced in May, which both says will customers access a wider range of destinations and services through block space and interline agreements.

Emirates SkyCargo is operating a Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft on the route with a capacity of over 100 tonnes.

Emirates SkyCargo’s new freighter service facilitates increased connectivity between Cargolux’s hub at Luxembourg and Emirates’ in Dubai adding to the thrice weekly freighter service Cargolux operates to Dubai World Central.

At Luxembourg, ground handling of the Emirates SkyCargo’s freighters will be carried out at the same facility as Cargolux and at Dubai, Cargolux freighters are handled by Emirates SkyCargo allowing for seamless transit of cargo between the two air cargo operators.

Smooth movement of cargo is also enabled by other factors including the common EU Good Distribution Practices (GDP) certification of both hubs.

Emirates divisional senior vice president for cargo, Nabil Sultan says: “Emirates SkyCargo is delighted to start our weekly freighter operations to Luxembourg.

“This is an important step in our operational partnership with Cargolux through which we will be able to offer our customers an enhanced reach across each other’s networks, as well as an enriched service offering building upon our compatibility in ground handling and standard operating procedures for cargo transportation.”

Cargolux president and chief executive officer, Richard Forson says: “Cargolux is proud to welcome Emirates SkyCargo at our home base in Luxembourg. As the leading Gulf airline and one of the premier carriers worldwide, Emirates is as important a player in the industry as Cargolux is.

“With the arrival of SkyCargo’s first freighter here, we open a new chapter in our history and lay the foundation for a fruitful cooperation for the benefit of our customers. Our supplementary capabilities allow us to develop service offerings that both of us could not provide on our own.”