Quick chat with Nabil Sultan, Emirates SkyCargo
Emirates SkyCargo was launched the same year as the commercial airline (1985), and is now the largest international airline cargo operator in the world. It boasts a route network spanning over 150 destinations, including 15 cargo-only destinations – Atlanta, Basel, Ciudad del Este, Columbus, Djibouti, Eldoret, Erbil, Liege, Lilongwe, Mexico City, Ouagadougou, Phnom Penh, Quito, Viracopos, and Zaragoza. SkyCargo operates a young and modern fleet of 255 aircrafts, including 13 Boeing 777Fs. The Boeing 777 freighter aircraft has the capacity to carry over 100 tonnes of cargo at any given point of time. The aircraft is one of the most modern, technologically advanced freighters available, and has the lowest fuel burn of any comparable sized aircraft.
Nabil Sultan, divisional senior vice-president, cargo, at Emirates SkyCargo, said: “We’ve seen demand pick up out of Hong Kong and other parts of China. We had to add additional capacity in Hong Kong, going from 24 to 26 freighters per week, in addition to our 28 passenger flights out of Hong Kong. In other parts of China, we’re operating almost 10 freighters per week, between Shanghai and Guangzhou.
“We’ve also seen some demand emerging from Europe in the last four to six months. We’ve added some capacity in Amsterdam and Frankfurt, following a surge in demand. In the US, we’ve aligned more capacity in Chicago. We also established a new route in the US late last year in Fort Lauderdale (Florida). This shows that we’ve ramped up fleet capacity in some of the key production markets to ensure that we’re capable of meeting their demand.”