Emirates SkyCargo now connects BD to all major export destinations

In an interview with The Bangladesh Monitor, Emirates Cargo Manager- Bangladesh talks about cargo operations of the airline and new items in Bangladesh’s export portfolio during COVID-19 pandemic.
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Dhaka: Following the initial shock of COVID-19 pandemic, Emirates SkyCargo, freighter division of world’s leading airline- Emirates quickly turned around to meet the increasing market demand for air cargo transportation globally. Same was the case for Bangladesh; despite overall dislocation of services SkyCargo came back very fast with its dependable solution for the critical growth of Bangladesh air cargo market.

Sheikh Idrish Ali, Emirates Cargo Manager- Bangladesh disclosed while talking to The Bangladesh Monitor. Explaining the reasons behind resumption of freighter operations to Dhaka, he said, “The world at this moment needs an uninterrupted supply of emergency supplies like medicine, PPE, foodstuff and others” and “Bangladesh is one of the global market leaders in terms of production and export of life saving medicine, PPEs, face masks, fresh fruits and vegetables”.

“We started with scheduled services to and from Dhaka in last May. Simultaneously, we also operated charter flights to meet the huge market demand. We have also been offering cargo transport facilities in the belly hold of our 7777-300 ER passenger aircraft, since June 24”, Ali added.

At present, the airline is operating a daily service from Dhaka with a mini freighter, which are modified Boeing 777-300ER, with seats removed from the Economy Class cabin, allowing for up to 17 tonnes of additional cargo capacity per flight.

Talking about nature of export cargo from Bangladesh, he said “we have uplifting predominantly readymade garments, PPEs, face mask, isolation gowns and garments accessories to major European points such as Hamburg, Frankfurt, Madrid, Barcelona and several US destinations such as New York, and Chicago”.

In addition to export cargo, Emirates is also carrying import cargo to Bangladesh.

Talking about quick resumption of global freighter operations, when the whole world was still experiencing the devastation of Covid-19 pandemic, Idrish Ali said “in Emirates SkyCargo we feel that with our service capability and worldwide network, we are in a position to support the affected people and business during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is our moral responsibility and commitment to the communities we serve”.

Ali informed that Emirates SkyCargo, is now operating scheduled cargo flights to around 100 destinations across six continents using our Boeing 7777-300 ER passenger freighters and B 777F. Moreover, the airline is operating chartered cargo flights as well on demand carrying essential food and medical items among others. . Out of those around 50 destinations are cargo only destinations.

“We have modified 10 of our Boeing 7777-300 ER passenger aircraft making those suitable for cargo transportation. Due to removal of passenger seats from economy class cabins these aircraft can carry well over 60 tonnes of goods”, Ali disclosed.

Emirates, according to Ali, is using mainly Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft (modified for cargo transportation with removal of economy class cabin seats) having a capacity of over 60 tonnes and B777-F (based on demand) with 100 tonnes of capacity.

About rise in the cost of cargo transportation, Ali said the air cargo market worldwide is a competitive industry and customers do have a choice of carriers. “At Emirates, we offer our clients competitive and acceptable rates, combined with the additional value add of expertise in operational planning and management”.

Ali identified Frankfurt, Hamburg, Dusseldorf in Germany and New York, Los Angeles and Houston in the USA as the strong markets now in terms of cargo operations.

About the service of Emirates SkyCargo, Mr Ali said “Even during this pandemic Emirates is not compromising on the quality of services both on board and on the ground”.

“In Emirates SkyCargo, we reiterate our commitment to our partners, clients, business and trade in Bangladesh. We are always there to serve you with our innovative and multifaceted cargo transport solutions. Please bear with us at this crisis moment and stay safe!” Idrish Ali concluded.

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