SkyCargo honoured in India

Ram Menen, Emirates divisional senior vice president, cargo, was selected as keynote speaker at last month’s Air Cargo India 2006.

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By  David Ingham Published  December 6, 2006

Ram Menen, Emirates divisional senior vice president, cargo, was selected as keynote speaker at last month’s prestigious Air Cargo India 2006. He talked about the Indian market’s growth prospects and urged operators to up their game. “For India, both the time and the environment are right for breaking through barriers,” said Menen. “Air logistics in India now needs to move from traditional forwarding to supply chain management. The industry should focus on creating a new future, and should refrain from recreating the past.” The event, held on November 16-18, was one of the largest international freight industry events ever held in India. The choice of India was no coincidence, given the country’s economic growth and the prospects for freight operators there. “With an airfreight market pegged to grow at an annual rate of 18% and exports expected to touch US $150 Billion by 2008-09, India is now a prime market for cargo carriers,” said Menen. “Proof of the country’s increasing importance is the fact that US-based mega-retailer Wal-Mart sourced Indian products worth nearly US $2 billion during 2004.” Emirates SkyCargo was honoured at the event with a ‘Brand of the Decade’ award. “We are delighted to have been selected for this prestigious award,” said Prakash Nair, manager, network cargo sales development, who collected the award. “A good brand instills loyalty. Our customers associate us with our ability to deliver on our promise of excellence in product and service quality.” The operator’s network continues to expand with the addition recently of flights to Tunis. Emirates SkyCargo is now serving the North African city following the launch of an Emirates passenger service. The route is flown five times per week by an A330-200 capable of holding 17 tonnes of bellyhold freight. Imports from Tunis to Dubai are expected to include agricultural products, textiles, and mechanical products. Exports to Tunis from Dubai will include consumer goods and machinery, as well as transit freight from Asian and African destinations.

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