On May 9, Emirates SkyCargo and Cargolux Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a strategic operational partnership in air cargo transportation. This agreement is the first of its kind in the air cargo industry between a mainline airline and a specialised freighter operator.
Under the terms of the agreement, Emirates SkyCargo and Cargolux will seek to work closely on several operational aspects. In terms of aircraft capacity, Emirates SkyCargo will utilise Boeing 747F aircraft from Cargolux. Emirates SkyCargo will therefore continue to have access to Boeing 747F aircraft to service customers with heavy/outsized cargo that will require nose loading or adding additional capacity, complementing its own fleet of Boeing 777 freighters.
Both carriers will further develop block space and interline agreements for use on each other’s networks permitting access to capacity on routes where they do not currently operate, thereby offering customers an enhanced network for transporting cargo to key markets. Cargolux will have access to Emirates SkyCargo’s high frequency distribution network through the belly-hold of passenger flights to more than 150 destinations in 83 countries, whilst Emirates will have access to main deck 747 capacity on Cargolux’s network.
Emirates SkyCargo will commence freighter operations to Luxembourg from June 2017. Freight from both Emirates SkyCargo and Cargolux will be handled at the same facility in Luxembourg. Cargolux will also increase the frequency of freighters to Dubai World Central (IATA: DWC) from its current three times a week service to facilitate connectivity between the two cargo hubs. Additionally, Cargolux freighters operating to Dubai World Central will be handled by Emirates SkyCargo.