Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Air Freight Market to See New Cooperation as Airline and Cargo Specialist Sign Agreement

First of Kind as Cargolux and Emirates Agree MoU
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LUXEMBOURG – UAE – WORLDWIDE – Emirates SkyCargo and Cargolux Airlines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a strategic operational partnership in air freight transportation. This agreement, described by the airlines as the first of its kind in the air cargo industry between a mainline airline and a specialised freighter operator, will see the two companies work closely on a number of operational aspects.

Both carriers will further develop block space and interline agreements for use on each other’s networks permitting access to capacity on routes where they do not currently operate. This allows both carriers an enhanced global reach for transporting cargo from key production markets to consumer markets. Cargolux will have access to Emirates SkyCargo’s high frequency distribution network through the belly-hold of passenger flights to over 150 global destinations in 83 countries, whilst Emirates will have access to main deck 747 capacity on Cargolux’s network. Richard Forson, Cargolux President & CEO, said:

“Cargolux is delighted to be working with Emirates SkyCargo on this agreement. As one of the leading carriers worldwide, Emirates SkyCargo is an important player in the industry as Cargolux is, and our supplementary capabilities allow us to develop service offerings that both of us could not provide on our own.”

In addition, Emirates SkyCargo will commence freighter operations to Luxembourg from June 2017. Cargo from both Emirates SkyCargo and Cargolux will be handled at the same facility in Luxembourg. Cargolux will also increase the frequency of freighters to Dubai World Central (DWC) from its current three times a week service to facilitate connectivity between the two cargo hubs. Additionally, Cargolux freighters operating to Dubai World Central will be handled by Emirates SkyCargo. Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo, said:

“Emirates SkyCargo is committed to being the leading player in the global air cargo industry providing our customers with the highest standards of products and services. Cooperating with Cargolux who is a leading, established and specialised air cargo operator with strengths that are complementary to our own will allow us to present a broader enriched product offering and add value to our customers.”

PICTURE – Richard Forson, Cargolux President & CEO and Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo at the Air Cargo Europe event in Munich, Germany.