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Emirates ‘raises the game’

Emirates SkyCargo recently hosted a worldwide cargo conference, followed by a gala dinner to celebrate it’s FIFA Football World Cup sponsorship.

Emirates SkyCargo recently hosted its Worldwide Cargo Conference for over 125 delegates at the Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah Hotel and Conference Centre. The meetings culminated in a gala dinner to celebrate Emirates' recent FIFA Football World Cup sponsorship.

Over 700 delegates attended the three-day event, which was themed ‘Raising the Game’. Attendees included corporate officials, outstation managers and GSA representatives from Emirates SkyCargo's 84 online stations.

In an opening address by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline & Group, delegates were congratulated for their success in the 2005/2006 financial year, including the Emirates SkyCargo milestone of carrying over 1 million tonnes of cargo and generating revenue of over US$1 billion. Sheikh Ahmed also highlighted that Emirates' core strengths, including innovative technology and a modern fleet, will be as important in the future as they have in the past.

In addition, Tim Clark, Emirates Airline president, discussed the carrier's current developments and future objectives, including the establishment of World Central and the Jebel Ali Airport, with its additional capacity to handle 120 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo.

Clark also reviewed fleet acquisition plans, highlighted by the 2007 arrival of the first of the 45 ordered A380 aircraft, which together with other orders including eight Boeing 777LR freighter aircraft will take the fleet to 160 aircraft when complete.

Coinciding with meetings concerning the commission of major infrastructure developments were detailed discussions about Emirates SkyCargo's Next Generation SkyChain (NGSC). The company states that this new IT development, which has taken over 300 man years to build, is revolutionary and will facilitate more flexibility of cargo management processes, whist affording open communication on an end-to-end basis for all supply chain participants. The system is scheduled for operational cutover in September of this year.

“IT infrastructure is as important and core to Emirates SkyCargo as our aircraft,” said Ram Menen, divisional senior vice president, Emirates SkyCargo. “The efficiency of our technology is integral to our ability to manage the supply lines within the supply chain. This success depends on how well we equip our dedicated team and our conference was particularly important to meet that end.”

The Worldwide Cargo Conference also addressed topics concerning the new Emirates dedicated Cargo Mega-Terminal, a project that will increase cargo capacity to over 1.2 million tonnes, enabling Dubai to become a leading worldwide hub with Emirates SkyCargo as its principal operator.

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