SkyCargo prepares for Auckland take off

Emirates SkyCargo is set to start a double-daily service to Auckland, New Zeland on August 1. The launch further extends EK’s reach in the Asia-Pacific aircargo market.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  July 20, 2003

Emirates SkyCargo is set to start a double-daily service to Auckland, New Zeland on August 1. The launch further extends EK’s reach in the Asia-Pacific aircargo market.

The first flight of the day will leave Dubai at 02:20 and arrive in Auckland at 1400 the next day. It will then depart from Auckland at 16:00 on the same day to arrive at DXB at 05:15 the following morning. The other flight is scheduled to take off from Dubai at 08:15, arriving in Auckland at 1225 the next day. It will then return at 17:50 to arrive back in Dubai at 06:25 the following day.

According to the carrier, the flight timings have been carefully selected to enable customers from the Australian continent to connect to major trading partners through Emirates’ onward connections across the globe.

SkyCargo will be able to carry up to 50 tonnes each day, both to and from Auckland, in the belly of a Boeing 777-300 passenger aircraft. When Emirates begins its daily services to Brisbane on October 26, the frequency to Auckland will increase to 21 weekly flights, meaning that the cargo capacity will hit 75 tonnes daily in either direction.

“Auckland, the 68th destination in the 48th country on our global network, is a very important and exciting destination for us. It extends our well-established services in the region even further, building on the strong foundation and extensive network we have created in Australia that currently includes Perth, Sydney and Melbourne,” says Ram Menen, Emirates’ senior vice-president for cargo.

“The response from potential customers in New Zealand has been just brilliant. The country’s agricultural and dairy products are world-renowned and the new service represents a wonderful opportunity for us to re-confirm our role as a catalyst in world trade,” he adds.

Emirates will also be competing on the Trans-Tasman route, as the morning Dubai-Auckland service flies via Sydney in both directions, while the afternoon service goes via Melbourne. It will also eventually offer a stopover possibility in Singapore as well.

“Currently airlines operating from New Zealand offer limited capacity and our services will fill that gap. Next year we will be flying to the U.S. West Coast, a major trading partner for New Zealand. Our global network and frequencies will enable the country’s industrial and agricultural products to find new and develop existing markets,” concludes Menen.

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