Emirates SkyCargo, world’s renowned air freight carrier especially for perishable cargo from across the world (155 destinations), has transported close to 400,000 tonnes of perishables within 12 months since it launched “Emirates Fresh” in April 2017. “Emirates Fresh” is the basic offering to transport general perishables such as fruits and vegetables that have a high temperature tolerance. In addition, “Emirates Fresh Breathe” provides ventilated cool chain solutions for delicate perishables such as fresh cut flowers, and “Emirates Fresh Active” provides intensive cool chain protection for perishables that cannot withstand any temperature deviation.
Fruits and vegetables were the largest category of perishables transported by Emirates SkyCargo. In the last year, the air cargo carrier transported over 150,000 tonnes of fruits and vegetables globally. More than a fifth of the total volume of fruits and vegetables carried on Emirates SkyCargo were exported from India. Nearly half of the fruits and vegetables from across the world were imported into the UAE, which has a thriving international food scene catering to a large expatriate population. Emirate sources said that with the onset of the export season for mangoes from the Indian subcontinent and the start of Ramadan, Emirates SkyCargo will be going through one of its busiest seasons in the year for transport of perishables from May 2018 onwards.
Emirates SkyCargo also transported over 65,000 tonnes of seafood and close to 60,000 tonnes of meat in the past 12 months. The air cargo carrier transports items such as salmon from Norway to East Asia, seafood from South Africa and Uganda to Europe and premium meat from Melbourne to the Middle East. It carried close to 25,000 tonnes of meat exports from Australia and New Zealand.
Over 50,000 tonnes of fresh flowers and plants were also transported on Emirates SkyCargo between April 2017 and March 2018. This includes flowers transported directly from some of the world’s most important flower producing regions such as Kenya and Ecuador on freighters to Amsterdam – the hub of the global floriculture market.
Commenting on their success Mr Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo said, “Since its launch last year, we have received extremely positive feedback on Emirates Fresh from our customers. The three different service levels of Emirates Fresh allow us to respond to the varied needs of perishables exporters. We continue to work with our customers and to invest in and develop Emirates Fresh as well as our other sector specific offerings. This is what helps us stay ahead of the game.”
At present Emirates SkyCargo offers cargo capacity on its fleet of over 265 modern, all wide-body aircraft including 14 dedicated freighters.