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Emirates SkyCargo completes 30 years of facilitating trade between Riyadh and the world

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Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates is marking the 30th anniversary of its operations to the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Since February 1990, the air cargo carrier has played an important role in facilitating exports and imports of cargo between Riyadh and the rest of the world through Dubai.

Emirates SkyCargo currently offers just over 1000 tonnes of combined export and import cargo capacity into Riyadh through its 27 weekly flights. Over the last five years, the carrier has helped transport more than 138,000 tonnes of cargo to and from Riyadh. Some of the major commodities that Emirates SkyCargo has helped transport include chilled meat, electronic equipment, pharma and other types of general cargo.

The air cargo carrier also operates flights to three other destinations in Saudi Arabia – Dammam, Jeddah and Medina – in addition to Riyadh. Overall, Emirates SkyCargo has facilitated movement of more than 365,000 tonnes of cargo into and out of the Kingdom since January 2015.

Bonded Trucking Corridors to Riyadh

In order to respond to customer demands and provide additional capacity options for businesses overseas wanting to send cargo to Riyadh, Emirates SkyCargo has also introduced two bonded trucking corridors in Saudi Arabia connecting Dammam and Medina with Riyadh.

The trucking service is operated by Eastern Allied Transport, an affiliate of Allied Transport Company, who operate Emirates SkyCargo’s fleet of 49 trucks 24*7 between Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC). Emirates SkyCargo worked closely with the government and customs authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia along with the ground handling and trucking partner to implement this service.

With the introduction of the new bonded lanes, cargo bound for Riyadh can also be moved on flights to Dammam and Medina from Dubai and then trucked to Riyadh where they will go through import customs clearance. Emirates SkyCargo will offer same day delivery at Riyadh for cargo that is trucked from Dammam and Medina thereby increasing the number of connectivity and delivery time options for customers. The trucking service not only makes more optimal use of Emirates SkyCargo’s capacity into Saudi Arabia, but also allows for a wider range of connection times for cargo arriving from around the world to travel through to Riyadh.

Emirates SkyCargo is currently operating the trucking service up to five times a week based on customer demand. The trucks are tracked using GPS and cargo loaded inside the trucks are secured with tamper proof seals to ensure that cargo arrives safely at Riyadh. The main commodities being moved currently on the trucking service include garments, courier and other general cargo. Although Emirates SkyCargo currently only offers import capacity into Riyadh through the trucking service, the carrier will also evaluate export opportunities based on market demand.

Emirates SkyCargo offers cargo capacity on its fleet of over 270 aircraft including 11 Boeing 777 freighters. The air cargo carrier operates two state of the art cargo terminals at its hub in Dubai and has developed specialised air transportation products for specific industry verticals. During the Financial Year 2018/19, the carrier transported more than 2.7 million tonnes of cargo through its network.

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Air France-KLM, Delta and Virgin Atlantic launch trans-Atlantic Joint Venture

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Air France-KLM Cargo, Delta Air Lines Cargo and Virgin Atlantic Cargo are promising cargo customers more connections, greater shipment routing flexibility, improved trucking options, aligned services and innovative digital
solutions with the launch of their expanded trans-Atlantic Joint Venture (JV).

The new partnership, which represents 23% of total trans-Atlantic cargo capacity or more than 600,000 tonnes annually, will enable the airlines to offer the best-ever customer experience, and a combined network of up to 341 peak daily trans-Atlantic services – a choice of 110 nonstop routes with onward connections to 238 cities in North America, 98 in Continental Europe and 16 in the U.K.

More choice and convenience for customers

Customers will be able to leverage an enhanced network built around the airlines’ hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York-JFK, Paris, Seattle and Salt Lake City. It creates convenient nonstop or one-stop connections to every corner of North America, Europe and the U.K., giving customers the added confidence of delivery schedules being met by a wide choice of options.

The expanded JV enables greater co-operation between the airlines, focused on delivering world class customer service and reliability on both sides of the Atlantic achieved through co-located facilities, joint trucking options as well as seamless bookings and connected service recovery. The airlines already co-locate at warehouses in key U.S., U.K. and European airports, and will review opportunities to co-locate further at more airports around the globe.

Adriaan den Heijer, Executive Vice President of Air France-KLM Cargo: “We are very excited to welcome Virgin Atlantic Cargo to the successful trans-Atlantic Joint Venture between Air France-KLM Cargo and Delta Cargo. The combined network means more choices and value for our customers as
we align our services to enable seamless transfers and further streamlining of transport times. This enhanced joint venture offers the most and best trans-Atlantic options ever in the cargo industry.”

Expertise in Specialised Products

The four airlines will leverage their expertise in the transportation of specialised products, including end-to-end GDP and IATA CEIV quality compliance for pharmaceuticals, supported by dedicated
teams and facilities across the globe. The JV will allow the airlines to provide customers with a diversified product range to best suit their individual requirements.

“This announcement is just the first step in the journey,” said Shawn Cole, Vice President – Delta Cargo. “Our customers can expect additional benefits as we evolve our partnership further to deliver best-in class customer experience and operational reliability, with differentiated products and services that are tailored and developed to make it easier to do business with the four airlines.”

Ease of doing business

Customers will be able to book their shipments with knowledgeable local teams and by using new digital solutions designed to reduce duplication and drive efficiencies as a result of greater connectively between the airlines’ systems. Alongside the development of a growing choice of selfservice technology options, customers will continue to enjoy the support of co-located customer service centres to enhance their cargo delivery experience.

Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s Managing Director, Dominic Kennedy said: “Our great partnership with Delta has already enriched the benefits we offer to our customers. With our expanded JV with Air FranceKLM Cargo, we are even more excited about the benefits we will be bringing for our customers as we
work with like-minded partners to deliver greater value across our outstanding trans-Atlantic network.”

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Emirates SkyCargo’s freighter service to Chinese mainland sees strong demand

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Emirates SkyCargo is seeing good demand for the import and export of cargo into the Chinese market, as China reopens for business after the Lunar New Year holidays. The air cargo carrier operates freighter services to Guangzhou (CAN) and Shanghai (PVG), having resumed these scheduled services after a planned hiatus over the traditionally low-traffic period over the holidays.

“Emirates SkyCargo continues to support trade and movement of goods into the Chinese market and is committed to supporting China’s diverse distribution needs and supply chains through our freighter operations to Shanghai and Guangzhou. We are a market oriented carrier and are ready to fulfil the growing needs of our customers. We will constantly review our operations to ensure that we are able to support the Chinese market by deploying adequate capacity through our freighters,” said Hiran Perera, Emirates Senior Vice President, Cargo Planning & Freighters.

“We also continue to carry bellyhold cargo on our double daily flights between Beijing and Dubai,” he added.

The flights to China are operated on Emirates’ Boeing 777 freighter aircraft offering a cargo capacity of around 100 tonnes for exports and imports on each flight. Commodities being currently transported on the freighter flights include perishable food items, pharma, medical supplies and other general cargo.

Emirates SkyCargo has been continually operating freighter services to Hong Kong and in addition to scheduled services, the carrier also recently operated a charter flight to carry relief materials.

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Airlines and Posts Cooperate globally for a sustainable and reliable cross-border Airmail network

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Post Corporation (IPC) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinforce cooperation between the two organizations. The aim for both IATA and IPC is to promote the development and expansion of safe, secure, accessible and high-quality airmail and air cargo services to help their respective members provide quality solutions aligned to consumer needs.

“International e-commerce is growing at around 20% per year, leading to rapidly changing market conditions for airlines and posts. Ensuring customers get their packages on time while safety and security in postal air transport is maintained is the main priority for posts and air transport operators alike. Cooperation across the supply chain is a must and our MoU with IPC is an important step toward strengthening our activity in this area,” said IATA’s Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac.

“For more than 10 years, the cooperation between airlines and postal operators has enhanced processes and increased visibility of airmail transport. With this agreement, we want to further strengthen our ties and identify further opportunities for cooperation and joint developments. Both of our sectors can win from a reinforced cooperation in terms of competitiveness and quality of service. Ultimately, this agreement will benefit consumers through more reliable and faster delivery of cross-border mail and packets transported by air,” said Holger Winklbauer, CEO of IPC.

IATA and IPC intend to work together on seven specific areas:

  1. Improving the security, handover, carriage, delivery and settlement of airmail between postal operators and air carriers. This includes e-commerce, economic and commercial matters.
  2. Developing and maintaining industry standards and procedures as well as services and solutions for both physical flows and electronic data interchange relating to airmail.
  3. Aligning existing services and solutions, along with developing new ones to ensure harmonized compatibility and efficient application of resources.
  4. Finding technology-based standards and solutions for piece level tracking in airmail.
  5. Addressing volumetric challenges, through initiatives such as Air Packet Box, and allocation and booking procedures for airmail.
  6. Developing regional onboarding initiatives and global campaigns on airmail process optimization and standardization.

Improving the involvement of ground handlers and other industry stakeholders on matters concerning airmail.

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