Emirates SkyCargo Scores Double Honours at Air Cargo Africa 2015

Cargo Carrier awarded both “Global Cargo Airline of the Year” and “Air Cargo Brand of the Decade”

Monday, March 2, 2015 — DUBAI, U.A.E., 2 March 2015: It was double honours for Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, at the Air Cargo Africa Awards when it scooped both the “Global Cargo Airline Of The Year” and “Air Cargo Brand of the Year” awards. It was the third time Emirates SkyCargo won the “Global Cargo Airline of the Year Award” at the event, having previously picked up the accolade in 2011 and 2013. 

Air Cargo Africa, which was recently held in Johannesburg, South Africa, is an international biennial air cargo trade show and awards event organised by STAT Times and serves as an industry platform to showcase one of the economy’s key sectors. The awards event is aimed at fostering excellence in the air cargo industry, with award winners decided on the basis of results of online participation by worldwide readers of STAT Times. 

“We are honoured to receive this recognition voted for by our customers and partners. We believe these accolades are an important endorsement of the hard work by our various teams around our global network and hub in Dubai,” said Pradeep Kumar, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Revenue Optimisation and Systems, Cargo, who received the awards on the air cargo carrier’s behalf. 

“At Emirates SkyCargo we continually focus on providing our customers with the best solutions for their specific needs, whether it is the movement of general cargo to more specialised goods such as pharmaceuticals. Innovation and customer service is something we invest heavily in to ensure we remain a leader in the industry. We are also very happy to be at this event being held in Africa, which is a key region for us as we grow our operations and create more trade links between Africa and destinations across our extensive global network,” he added. 

Emirates SkyCargo has become a valued partner for many local businesses across the continent, carrying goods to and from 27 African points to Emirates’ network of more than 145 destinations across six continents. Five of the 27 destinations, Djibouti, Eldoret, Kano, Lilongwe and the recently added Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, are scheduled freighter services, while nine destinations are both passenger and cargo, and includes for example, Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Accra and Entebbe. 

Emirates SkyCargo operates a fleet of 14 freighters, 12 Boeing 777 Fs and two Boeing 747-400 ERFs, which operate to over 50 scheduled freighter routes from its new cargo terminal, Emirates SkyCentral at Dubai World Central’s Al Maktoum International Airport. 

Pradeep Kumar, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Revenue Optimisation and Systems, Cargo, receives the “Cargo Brand of The Decade” Award from Glyn Hughes, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo.

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Emirates SkyCargo is the largest international airline cargo operator in the world. With an unrivalled route network, we connect cargo customers to over 150 cities in 83 countries on six continents and operate in many of the world’s fastest developing markets. Our cargo hold capacity comprises Emirates’ fleet of over 255 aircraft, including 15 freighters – 13 Boeing 777-Fs and two B747-400ERFs.

Emirates SkyCargo operates state-of-the-art cargo facilities at its dual hub locations in Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) with cargo being moved 24/7 by truck between the two airports via a bonded virtual corridor.

Emirates SkyCargo offers specialised cool chain solutions for perishables and temperature sensitive product such as pharmaceuticals. The carrier operates the first and the largest GDP certified multi-airport hub in the world with 8600 square metres of dedicated space for pharmaceuticals across its hub.

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