The FINANCIAL — Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, is set to expand its United States cargo network to 11 destinations, when the airline launches a daily service to Orlando, Florida from 1st September 2015.
The Dubai – Orlando route will be served by a Boeing 777-200 LR, which has a belly-hold capacity of up to 17 tonnes of cargo per flight. Emirates SkyCargo also has belly-hold cargo services to San Francisco, Seattle, Washington D.C., Boston, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston, with the latter four cities also forming part of the air cargo carrier’s United States freighter network, along with Atlanta, according to Emirates.
“With the addition of Orlando to the Emirates SkyCargo network, we will now serve 11 points across the US, giving us good connectivity to serve our customers both within the country and across our network. Last year we carried more than 100,000 tonnes of cargo to and from the United States, facilitating foreign trade and opportunities between the world’s largest economy and markets within our network, mainly in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.
“Every week, for example, we carry items such as auto parts out of JFK, lobsters from Boston, oil field equipment from Houston, and aircraft parts from Seattle, among many other types of commodities and products from various points in the US,” he added.
Emirates SkyCargo currently has weekly capacity of 1,690 tonnes in both the belly hold of passenger aircraft and freighter flights out of the US.
It expects to carry a range of exports from Orlando including aircraft parts, pharmaceuticals, perfume and colognes and machine parts. Imports are likely to beelectronics, garments, automotive spare parts, aircraft spare parts, construction equipment, hospital instruments and equipment. Catchment areas for both imports and exports moving through Orlando and carried by Emirates SkyCargo are expected to include Miami, Tampa and Atlanta.
Emirates flight EK 219 will depart Dubai International Airport at 0350hrs local time and arrive at Orlando International Airport Terminal at 1140hrs local time. The return flight, EK 220 will depart Orlando International at 1420hrs and arrive into Dubai at 1230hrs the following day.