SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has significantly boosted its total cargo capacity and expanded its dedicated freighter network with the addition of three new Boeing 777F aircraft.
The three new freighters, each capable of carrying up to 103 tonnes of cargo, takes SkyCargo's freighter fleet to 10 aircraft and its dedicated freighter network to 12 destinations.
These are Taipei, Chittagong, Eldoret, Lilongwe, Kabul, Almaty, Gothenburg, Zaragoza, Viracopos, Tripoli, Djibouti and Liege.
A fourth new Boeing 777 freighter will join the fleet in March this year.
"As one of the largest air cargo carriers in the world, we continue to invest in our fleet and expand our route network, enabling us to provide our customers with even greater flexibility, increased frequencies, additional capacity to handle larger cargo volumes and charter flights," said Ram Menen, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President Cargo.
"Our dedicated freighter fleet, coupled with our cargo capacity on our passenger fleet of 185 wide-bodied aircraft that flies to 128 destinations in 74 countries, gives us extensive global reach and connectivity to the trade routes of the world," Menen said.
In 2012, Emirates introduced services to Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Dallas, Lusaka, Harare, Seattle, Ho Chi Minh City, Barcelona, Lisbon, Washington DC, Adelaide, Lyon and Phuket, while Warsaw will join the route network on February 6 and Algiers on March 1 this year.
The Boeing 777F aircraft is the most modern, technologically advanced freighter available and has the lowest fuel burn of any comparable-sized cargo aircraft. The main cargo deck is the widest of any freighter aircraft at 3.7 metres, which enables it to uplift outsized cargo and carry larger consignments.
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