Emirates introduces Airbus A380 for charter operations

The new ‘mini-freighter’ is used for transporting urgent material internationally

Emirates SkyCargo has begun utilising its Airbus A380 for cargo charter operations, transporting urgently required cargo across its network.

This is the first dedicated Emirates ‘mini-freighter’ which has successfully transferred medical supplies between Seoul and Amsterdam via Dubai.

The new cargo carrier was introduced in response to the current high demand for air cargo capacity, required for the transportation of critical goods. This includes the transportation of medical supplies for areas affected by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The air cargo carrier can safety transport around 50 tonnes of cargo per flight.

SkyCargo is hoping to expand its capacity of the Airbus A380 aircraft by planning more freight flights throughout November, as well as seat loading of cargo.

Cargo flights operated by Emirates also run on its Boeing 777-F and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. This includes 14 of the modified 777-300ER passenger planes with the seats removed for added cargo.

Throughout the pandemic, Emirates has carried on with operations to maintain the delivery of essential goods and trade across international markets.

It was recently announced that Emirates has established the world’s largest EU GDP compliant hub in Dubai specifically dedicated for the COVID-19 vaccine. The facilities also offer repackaging, re-icing and redistribution of the vaccine.

A rapid response team has also been set up to coordinate requests for the movement of the vaccine.