Emirates SkyCargo connects with Iberia

Emirates SkyCargo is now serving the Iberian Peninsula following the launch of a twice weekly service to Barcelona.

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By  David Ingham Published  December 6, 2006

Emirates SkyCargo is now serving the Iberian Peninsula following the launch of a twice weekly service to Barcelona. The destination will be served by an Airbus 310 Freighter, with a payload capacity of 39 tonnes. “Barcelona, much like Dubai, is a thriving commercial capital and an active location for economic growth and trade,” said Ram Menen, Emirates divisional senior vice president, cargo. “Despite recent economic slowdowns in Europe, Spain’s economy has remained strong and consistent, demonstrating growth over the last three years. We are confident the new route will meet increasing demands.” Emirates SkyCargo’s Spanish GSA, General Airline Services, will provide all handling and on-ground support in Barcelona. The airline expects the route to facilitate Spanish exports of foodstuffs, textiles and clothing, with goods made in the UAE as well as a large quantity of transit freight from East Asia going in the other direction. The UAE and other GCC countries have access to the Spanish market under the European Union’s Generalised System of Preferences. “We have been overwhelmed by the response for Emirates SkyCargo’s operations here in Barcelona,” said Luis Martinez, branch manager of General Airline Services. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Emirates SkyCargo, and we are confident that our knowledge of both markets and the airline will bring the best benefits to our customers,” added Martinez. Emirates SkyCargo has 8 Boeing 777 freighters and 10 Boeing 747-8 freighters on order, with the first of these planes due to join the fleet in 2007. The carrier also has options on an additional 10 747-8Fs.

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