Emirates SkyCargo to Double its Capacity in Next Decade


Emirates SkyCargo has added 2 Boeing 747-400Fs to its freighter fleet, showing its strong confidence in the global cargo market in a current environment of volatility.

Nabil Sultan, Divisional Senior Vice President, Emirates SkyCargo, said: “While the current market volatility may cause others to hesitate, Emirates SkyCargo is pushing full steam ahead with our plans. The medium to long-term projections for global air cargo shows an upward trajectory of between 3-5%. Combine that Dubai’s strategy to double its foreign trade, where multi-modal logistics will play a big role, and the economic activity happening in markets around the Gulf, West Asia, and Africa, and the opportunity for Emirates SkyCargo is clear. The two new 747-Fs we have leased will give us immediate capacity while we wait to deliver five new 777Fs in 2024 and 2025 and 10 777-300ERs to roll out our conversion program over the next five years. We believe even these additional planes will not be sufficient. By then, we’ll have the MRO set up to quickly and efficiently scale up our freighter conversion program if needed.”

The cargo division of Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, is expecting 15 more freighters to join its fleet from announced orders and its freighter conversion program, plus a boost in belly-hold capacity from new passenger aircraft deliveries starting with Airbus A350s in late summer 2024, followed by 777-Xs the year after.

Over the next decade, Emirates SkyCargo expects to double its existing capacity, add over 20 new destinations to its freighter network, and offer even more flexibility and services to its customers with a fleet mix of over 300 wide-body aircraft comprising: 777s, 777-Fs, 747-Fs, A350s, and A380s.

Secured on a long-term wet-lease basis, the 2 Boeing 747-Fs complement Emirates SkyCargo’s existing fleet of 11 Boeing 777 freighters and are currently being deployed to Chicago three times weekly and to Hong Kong nine times weekly.

Nabil Sultan added: “The new aircraft means we can expand our freighter network and amplify the connectivity with the main Emirates network. The new fleet mix also gives us more flexibility to serve our different customers better. Emirates SkyCargo is also investing in developing new products and accelerating digitisation and technology innovation. Our ambition is to lead the market in delivering specialist solutions that are fast, reliable, flexible, and efficient. More exciting developments are to come. Stay tuned.”

Last week, Emirates SkyCargo launched a brand-new creative advertising campaign, showcasing how ‘The World Works Better with Emirates SkyCargo’. Through everyday scenarios, the advert demonstrates how essential its logistics business is to connect people and products worldwide, whether through life-saving healthcare, fresh fruit, flowers, pets, or valuables.

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