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Emirates SkyCargo clinches top recognition at Global Freight Awards 2016

LONDON, 13 November 2016- Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has been named Air Cargo Carrier of the Year at the 20th edition of the Global Freight Awards ceremony held in London. The award was accepted by David Taylor, Emirates Cargo Sales Manager - Key Accounts in front of an audience of more than 500 guests from the global transport and freight community at a gala dinner held in London at the Lancaster London Hotel on 3 November.

The Global Freight Awards, supported by the 164 year old freight publication Lloyd’s Loading list, is held annually to recognise and reward innovative ideas and achievements that have set a benchmark for excellence in the freight industry. Emirates SkyCargo was awarded the much coveted Air cargo Carrier of the Year title for 2016 at the end of a two stage voting process open to readers of Lloyd’s Loading List. Overseen by the editorial team of the publication to ensure transparency and independence, the award represents the voice of the industry and that of Emirates SkyCargo’s customers.

Emirates SkyCargo is the largest international airline cargo operator with a fleet of over 250 wide bodied aircraft, including 15 dedicated freighters- 13 Boeing 777-Fs and two B747-400ERFs. The carrier connects cargo customers in 154 destinations across 82 countries in six continents through its hub in Dubai. A global facilitator of trade and commerce, Emirates SkyCargo operates dedicated freighter services to over 50 global destinations in addition to offering cargo capacity on board its passenger flights. Most recently, the carrier launched a weekly freighter service from Oslo to Dubai to facilitate the increasing exports of fresh sea food from the Scandinavian country to the rest of the world.

The Air Cargo Carrier of the year accolade is an immense achievement for Emirates SkyCargo. The carrier has constantly strived to create new benchmarks in the air freight industry by offering customers excellence in service delivery through state of the art infrastructure and innovative products. Leading the industry, Emirates SkyCargo launched Emirates SkyPharma- a purpose built facility for handling temperature sensitive pharmaceutical shipments earlier this year. Emirates SkyCargo’s facilities for transporting pharmaceuticals through its hubs in Dubai are not only state of the art but also certified as complying to the highest industry standards (EU GDP Guidelines) by Bureau Veritas, Germany.  

Emirates SkyCargo has been at the forefront of the air cargo industry receiving a number of industry recognitions this year including the award for Overall Carrier of the Year at the Payload Asia Awards held in Hong Kong, the ‘Best Air Cargo Carrier- Middle East’ at the 2016 Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain (AFLAS) Awards held in Shanghai, the ‘Best Cargo Airline Middle East 2016’ at the World Air Cargo Awards in London and the ‘Diamond Award’ at the Air Cargo Excellence Awards 2016 in Berlin.


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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 160 cities across six continents and operate in many of the world’s fastest developing markets. Our cargo hold capacity comprises Emirates’ fleet of over 270 aircraft, including 13 freighters – 12 Boeing 777-Fs and one B747F. During the Financial Year 2018/19 Emirates SkyCargo carried 2.7 million tonnes of cargo. 

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 has developed transportation solutions for specific verticals including pharmaceuticals and perishables. More details at

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