Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates Airline, celebrated the inaugural flight of its new Far East and Australasia freighter route on September 12, 2011.
The weekly service, operated by a new Boeing 777 freighter will fly Dubai-Singapore-Sydney-Hong Kong-Dubai, offering businesses the chance to connect to the 114 destinations in the carrier’s network. The Boeing 777F has the capacity to carry 103 tonnes of goods, and consumes nearly 18% less fuel than other freighters.
Emirates’ SVP Cargo Planning & Freighters, Hiran Perera, feels that customers will now experience the benefits of increased trade opportunities. “We currently transport cargo in the belly-hold of 126 passenger flights a week between Dubai and Australia, as well as 28 Hong Kong and 42 Singapore flights,” he said. “The freighter – with a wide main deck door – will increase our ability to carry oversized shipments.” The import capacity to Australia will now reach 1,370 tonnes per week.
Flight EK9920 will depart Dubai at 20:35 every Sunday and land at Singapore at 07:55 on Monday morning. The freighter will then depart at 09:00, and is due to arrive at Sydney International Airport at 18:30. The return leg of the journey (EK9921) will depart Sydney every Monday at 21:30 and arrive in Hong Kong at 04:35 on Tuesday. At 07:35, as EK9865, the aircraft will depart for Dubai, and is due to land at 10:35.