Emirates SkyCargo breaks world record in Karachi
Emirates SkyCargo breaks world record in Karachi. Emirates SkyCargo has increased operations due to increasing demand of essential commodities due to coronavirus. The airline has started using its passenger aircraft to maintain global supply since most of its aircraft is grounded.
The airline has expanded to destinations such as Bangkok, Casablanca, Johannesburg, Singapore and Taipei. The airline has operated 160 flights using its cargo aircraft and 60 flights using its passenger aircraft. The airline also recently broke the record for maximum cargo loaded in a passenger aircraft.
World record broken
Emirates SkyCargo broke the record for the maximum cargo loaded in its lower deck of the B777-300ER. The SkyCargo team at Karachi, Pakistan transported 62 tonnes of cargo to Dubai using its B777-300ER passenger aircraft. The cargo transported was primarily food items in vegetables, fish and meat bound for Dubai.
Emirates has started using its B777-300ER passenger aircraft on its cargo flight as most of its passenger fleet is grounded. Lufthansa and Are Lingus are some of the airlines to operate cargo flight using their passenger aircraft. The B777-300ER offers 50 tonnes of cargo capacity and has served 38 destinations so far compared to 19 cities served by its dedicated cargo aircraft B777F which has a capacity of 100 tonnes.
Globally, Emirates SkyCargo has transported more than 93,000 tonnes of perishables and more than 20,000 tonnes of pharmaceuticals. The carrier has also transported more than 3000 tonnes of medical supplies for combatting coronavirus across the world.
The airline has ramped up its global operations. The airline has imported close to 33,000 tonnes of perishable items and 1,700 tonnes of medical supplies into UAE since the beginning of the year.
“Emirates SkyCargo has been expanding its network on a daily basis and some of the latest destinations for our cargo flights on passenger aircraft include Bangkok, Casablanca, Johannesburg, Singapore and Taipei. Air cargo remains the fastest means of connecting essential supplies to those that need them and our expanded network allows for increased connectivity across different global origins and destinations.”Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president had said in a statement
The airline is also operating charter flights. It had transported over 100 tonnes of cargo from Guangzhou to Dubai which was a part of 7 charter flights operated. The airline also transported 100 tonnes of cargo from Shanghai to Mumbai using its SkyCargo B777F.
It had also transported 7 tonnes of medical supply to Los Angeles in the belly hold of its passenger B777-300ER. This was the first cargo on a passenger flight operated to the US.
Emirates SkyCargo is one of the many airlines to ramp up their cargo operations. KLM had recently announced it would bring back its B747-400 aircraft to cater the cargo demand and IcelandAir had operated its longest flight for cargo transportation
Passenger airlines are converting their aircraft to operate cargo flights. Emirates is also using its passenger B777-300ER for cargo services. By doing this the airlines are able to make profit out of these and it also gives them an opportunity to make use of their grounded fleet.
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