Emirates SkyCargo adds freighter service to Ohio
The carrier and freight forwarder added a second weekly Boeing 747-400F service between the cities to facilitate growing trade between Asia, Europe and the United States.
Emirates SkyCargo launched freighter services to Toledo on the western side of Lake Erie in America's Midwest in June last year. The second Toledo service will add as much as 120 tonnes of capacity to and from the US every week.
Hiran Perera, Emirates Senior Vice-President of Cargo Freighters, said: "Toledo has proved an excellent addition to Emirates SkyCargo's network. "Not only is it congestion and curfew-free, which is a huge advantage in the US, but many key US cities – including Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati – lie in its vast catchment area and are served by our extensive onward connections."
The US is the world's biggest consumer country with an import market valued at close to $2 trillion (Dh7.3trn) a year. Emirates SkyCargo and Schenker support the market through the transport of high-value commodities such as pharmaceuticals, garments and automobile parts.
Peter Glatz, CEO and Regional Director – Middle East and East Africa, said: "Our experience over recent months has proved the service we offer represents an interesting solution for the increasingly complex supply chains of electronics, automotive, mechanical engineering as well as apparel industries." The service is closely linked with the Schenker skybridge logistics system on the main routes from Asia to Europe. This combines economical ocean freight costs from Asia via Dubai with the speed of airfreight.
Compared with pure ocean freight, this shortens transit times by 50 per cent, while the costs are up to 50 per cent lower than pure airfreight.