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Formed and started operations in 1985. Regional & international, scheduled & charter, cargo jet airplane services.

PO Box 686
Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Dubai can either refer to one of the seven Emirates that constitute the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the eastern Arabian Peninsula, or that Emirate's main city, sometimes called "Dubai city" to distinguish it from the Emirate. The modern Emirate of Dubai was created with the formation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1971. However, written accounts documenting the existence of the city have existed at least 150 years prior to the formation of the (UAE). Dubai shares legal, political, military and economic functions with the other emirates within a federal framework, although each Emirate has jurisdiction over some functions such as civic law enforcement and provision and upkeep of local facilities. Dubai has the largest population and is the second largest Emirate by area, after Abu Dhabi. As of 2007, 800 new residents were setting up home in Dubai every day. With Abu Dhabi, it is one of only two Emirates to possess veto power over critical matters of national importance in the (UAE). Dubai has been ruled by the Al Maktoum dynasty since 1833. The city's current ruler, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is also the Vice President and Prime Minister of the (UAE).

Revenues from petroleum and natural gas contribute to less than <3% of Dubai's US$ 46 billion economy (2006). A majority of the Emirate's revenues are from the Jebel Ali free zone (JAFZ) and, increasingly, from tourism and other service businesses. Dubai has attracted world-wide attention through innovative real estate projects and sports events. However, this increased attention, coinciding with its emergence as a world business hub, has also highlighted human rights issues concerning its largely foreign workforce.

Dubai is the fastest growing city and tourism destination in the World. In the past two decades, Dubai has emerged as a regional business hub and trade destination with a massive geographical reach from West Africa across the entire Middle East and through to Central Asia. Dubai is the place to do business in the region. The city itself boasts population growth estimated at more than >30,000 new residents a month and this has contributed to hundreds of billions of dollars of investment in infrastructure and property development. The city is a fascinating place where the modern and traditional stand side by side. Dubai offers some of the worlds best shopping, golf courses, beaches, fantastic hotels and bustling souks, all combining to make this one of the world's most exciting cities.

Visa Regulations:
Nationals of the following countries will be issued, free of charge, with an entry visa valid for 60 days at the passport control:
Citizens of the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (AGCC) member states: Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Saudi Arabia (AGCC) expatriate residents who meet certain conditions.

National citizens of the following countries:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (except the British overseas citizens), United States, Vatican City

It should be noted that this list may vary slightly from time to time and it is therefore best to check with your local (UAE) embassy or the airline you are using to fly to the (UAE).

Other nationalities are solely responsible for obtaining visas for themselves, their representatives and invitees. Visas can be arranged through the exhibitor's hotel, in Dubai provided sufficient time is given for the application to be processed.

The Organizers are not in a position to sponsor visa applications.

The visit visa does not entitle the visitor to take up permanent work in the (UAE).

At the time of going to press the (UAE) do not grant visas to Israeli Nationals or to holders of passports containing a visa, valid or expired, for Israel. Exhibitors should check with their Travel Agent.

All Visitors and Exhibitors require a full passport for their visit.

Health Requirements:
No health certificates are required for entry to the Emirates, except for visitors who have been in cholera or yellow fever infected area. However, it is always wise to check health requirements before departure as restrictions may vary.

Personal effects entering Dubai are not liable to a customs levy. It is forbidden to import drugs and pornographic items.

The importation of alcohol into the (UAE) is only permitted as part of the duty free allowance for personal consumption.

Four items of alcohol per person is the permitted allowance.

Local Information:
To make the most of your time in Dubai, it's worth knowing a little about the locality. The following gives you some useful information about the language, climate, local time and public holidays.

The official language of the country is Arabic, although English is the official business language. English is widely used and most road and shop signs, restaurant menus, etc., are in both languages.

Dubai has a sub-tropical, arid climate. May - October are the warmest months with temperatures reaching the high 40's and high humidity, the rest of the year, temperatures fall anywhere between the mid 20's - 30's. Rainfall is infrequent, falling mainly in the cooler months around November to March.

Local Time:
The (UAE) is four hours ahead of (GMT). There is no summer time saving when clocks are altered.

Public Holidays:
The Islamic year is called the Hijri and dates are followed by AH - After Hijra. The Hijri calendar is based on lunar months. There are 354 or 355 days in the Hijri year, which is divided into 12 lunar months and each year is 11 days shorter than the Gregorian year.

As some holidays are based on the sighting of the moon and not fixed dates on the Hijri calendar, the dates of Islamic holidays are imprecise, with holidays frequently being confirmed less than 24 hours in advance. Some non-religious holidays are fixed according to the Gregorian calendar.

Local Culture:
If you're spending time in Dubai, it helps to know some basics about the local culture. Here are some handy tips with regard to business and social hours and the all-important etiquette for tipping and photography.

Local Culture:
Dubai's culture is firmly rooted in the Islamic traditions of Arabia. However, Dubai is very tolerant of the customs of its visitors and is relatively liberal when it comes to European dress codes and serving alcohol in hotels. Among the most highly prized virtues are courtesy and hospitality, visitors are sure to be charmed by the genuine warmth and friendliness of the people.

Islam is the official religion of the (UAE), but other religions are respected. Dubai has a variety of Christian churches.

Business Hours & Social Hours:
Social hours are very Mediterranean in style: - in general, people get up early, often have an afternoon siesta and eat late in the evening. Government offices are open from 07:30 to 14:00 hrs Saturday to Wednesday. In the private sector, office hours vary between split shift days or straight shifts.

Although the small shops opening hours are usually based on split shift timings, the big shopping malls now remain open all day from 10:00 - 21:00 hrs. Petrol stations are open 24 hours. Embassies and consulates open from 08:00 - 13:30 hrs. Most close on Thursday and Friday.

Tipping practices are similar to most parts of the world. An increasing number of restaurants include service.

Normal tourist photography is acceptable; it is courteous to ask permission before photographing people, especially local women. In general, photographs of government buildings, military installations, ports and airports should not be taken.

Things to See & Do:

There's plenty to do in Dubai and it helps to know what's on and where.

The shopping Capital of the Middle East!

Prices are competitive in many products from gold to carpets, textiles or designer labels. The key to shopping here is to bargain where possible since prices, especially in the souks, can drop quite substantially. The attractive and often imaginatively designed, modern shopping malls in Dubai are one of the highlights of shopping in Dubai and are generally spacious and fully air conditioned. Most international brands and high street shops can be found in the shopping malls.

Most malls have a food court, which offers a variety of types of cuisine. Some malls also have cinemas.

There are many companies in Dubai offering an exciting variety of city and safari tours. An organized tour can be a great way to discover the (UAE). Tours range from a half-day city tour to an overnight safari visiting the desert or mountains and camping in tents. Dubai's souks are worth a visit for their bustling atmosphere, the eclectic variety of goods and the traditional way of doing business.

Tours & Sightseeing:
There are many companies in Dubai offering an exciting variety of city and safari tours. An organized tour can be a great way to discover the (UAE). Tours range from a half-day city tour to an overnight safari visiting the desert or mountains and camping in tents. Most trips require a minimum of four people for the tour to run. It is advisable to book three or four days in advance although in some cases less notice is not a problem.

For more information contact the Recommended Travel Agents.

There are numerous activities available to visitors to Dubai including water sports and golf packages.

For more information contact the Recommended Travel Agents.

Dubai has numerous cinemas, cafes, bars, nightclubs and discos to suit all tastes and ages. There are a number of local magazines available from the Newsagents listing details of the above facilities.



JANUARY 2001: 1 747-47UF (29261, N408MC), ATLAS (TLS) WET-LEASED, REPLACES 747-200F (TLS) LEASED.

MAY 2002: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2001 = +$127.47 MILLION (+11%) (+$114.84 MILLION): 23.13 BILLION (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC (+19.1%); 6.43 MILLION (PAX) PASSENGERS (+17.1%); 74.3% LF LOAD FACTOR (+.8); 400,000 TONNES CARGO (+19.5%); 1.50 BILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+16.1%); 7,996 EMPLOYEES (+5.6%).

September 2002: Emirates (EAD) Skycargo (EMC), to Shanghai (weekly).

October 2002: 1st 9 months = 21.65 billion (RPK) passenger traffic (+23.1%); 6.01 million (PAX) passengers (+22.9%); 1.36 billion (FTK) freight traffic (+28.6%).

January 2006: In the first six months of its operations, the cargo division transported less than 10,000 tons to the four cities on its route network. In 2004 through 2005, Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) moved 838,000 tons of freight.

November 2006: Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) is the Air Freight division of Emirates Airlines (EAD), and flies to more than >75 destinations in 55 countries, utilizing belly hold capacity in (EAD)'s passenger fleet, and its own freighter fleet of 9 airplanes: six 747F's and three A310-300F's.

Alliances: Air Malawi; & Finnair (FIN).

Main Base: Dubai International airport (DXB).

January 2007: "Air Transport World" magazine gave Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) the "Cargo Airline of the Year" award because (EMC) for the first time in its history carried more than >1 million metric tons of freight and generated more than >$1 billion in revenue last year.

February 2007: New 1/week, Dubai - Djibouti, using A310-300Fs.

Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) Senior VP Cargo, Ram Menen said communication and Information Technology (IT) are essential tools that link the supply chain together. One of the challenges is to eliminate redundancies and ensure full integration of data throughout the chain. Efficient use of technology can lower unit cost and raise revenue, he noted. "That's what it's all about. If you don't watch unit cost, it will eventually take you into bankruptcy."

July 2007: 747-4HAFER (35235, OO-THC), Guggenheim (GUG) leased, TNT (TNB) wet-leased.

November 2007: Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) reported a +13% year-over-year increase in revenue to AED3 billion.

(EMC) announced that it will partner with Atlas Air (TLS), AeroMexico (AMX), and Mexicana (CMA) to offer freight capacity between Mexico and New York (JFK), and Frankfurt. Mexican Cargo Sales Representative is its cargo sales agent.

(CSA) announced the launch of its first long-haul freighter flight in cooperation with (EMC). (CSA) will be responsible for filling "more than half" of an (EMC) 747-200F on a weekly Prague - Dubai - Hong Kong routing beginning November 9.

January 2008: Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) and Dubai Customs signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) to explore greater use of electronic correspondence in transactions between the airline and the agency and also in dealings with other supply chain partners. In addition, the initiative will allow importers and exporters to perform 51 customs transactions electronically without having to visit customs centers physically.

(IATA) (ITA) is making a strong push for airlines to minimize the volume of paper associated with air cargo shipments and move toward "e-freight," or electronic transfers of information similar to the use of e-tickets on the passenger side of the business. (EMC) Divisional Senior VP Cargo, Ram Menen said the carrier has "long been an advocate of the e-freight movement and [is] delighted that such a progressive program has been initiated in Dubai. Such an initiative, when fully implemented, will allow a more fluid flow of legitimate goods through the air and sea borders, thus eliminating potential bottlenecks."

February 2008: 747-4HAFER (35236, OO-THD), TNT Airways (TNB), wet-leased.

April 2008: Emirates (EAD)'s net income for its full fiscal year ended March 31, totaled +AED5 billion/+$1.36 billion, up +62.1% over +AED3.1 billion in the prior year, as the fast-expanding carrier marked its 20th straight year of profitability. "I believe the threat of an economic downturn will be offset for Emirates (EAD) by the boom in the Middle East, especially the thriving travel industry of tourism and commerce," Chairman & CEO, Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said. But President, Tim Clark said in Dubai that while (EAD)'s profitability will sustain, the airline will have to take further measures to control costs and increase fuel efficiency. He explained that if per-barrel crude oil prices stay well above $110 for a long period, as many now expect, the carrier will take "a big hit on fuel" in the current fiscal year, forcing it "to be strict on costs. This is a painful thing to do."

(EAD)'s plan to reduce costs by -$100 million in the year started April 1, likely will have to be revised, Clark said, with reductions of as much as -$150 million necessary to mitigate fuel prices. Load factor, which reached 79.8% LF for the recently ended year, will "have to go up now to 85% LF" to render the impact of fuel price increases negligible. Nevertheless, he expressed confidence that the airline will weather the storm, but warned that "for some other [weaker carriers] in the world" escalating fuel costs could be devastating.

In a separate conversation, Senior VP Commercial Operation Americas, Nigel Page said that while "storm clouds are ahead with the economy," the greatest risk is for airlines operating domestic services in the USA and the (EU), and transatlantic flights. "In the markets we serve, we're pretty optimistic things will go well," he said, noting that demand from the USA and Europe to/from the Middle East is robust, with demand for premium seats on those routes particularly strong.

(EAD)'s fiscal-year revenue rose +32.3% to AED39.5 billion as passengers carried increased +21.1% to 21.2 million. Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) carried 1.3 million tonnes, up +10.9%, and boosted revenue +20% to AED6.4 billion, comprising 19% of total airline revenue.

(EAD) currently operates 115 airplanes, including 10 freighters.

June 2008: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) carried 1.3 million tonnes of cargo in the fiscal year ended March 31, up +10.9% year-over-year, and boosted revenue +20% to AED6.4 billion/$1.7 billion, comprising 19% of Emirates (EAD)'s total revenue. But Divisional Senior VP Cargo, Ram Menen warned that the current fiscal year "will not be easy" and that cargo operators are entering into a "correction period," that will weed out inefficient players. "All carriers will have to refine their operating practices and airlines operating fuel inefficient airplanes will not survive," he warned at a gathering of SkyCargo (EMC) employees. (EMC) will take delivery of the first of eight 777-200Fs it has on order later this year.

September 2008: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) named Abbas Haji, VP Cargo Commercial Development.

October 2008: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) announced development of its White Cover application for shipment of temperature-sensitive freight. Its design includes heat shielding, air and water resistance, and internal escape prevention features. A patent is pending.

(EMC) began thrice-weekly, Dubai - Los Angeles, aboard a 777-200LRF freighter.

November 2008: Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) delivers A310-308F (646, TC-LER), ex-(A6-EFA) to Kuzu Airlines (BRN), 1st of three (other two are 592; & 622).


February 2009: "2009 will be a year of consolidation," Divisional Senior VP Cargo, Ram Menen said. "We will bolster our presence in markets where we have a greater demand from our customers, such as China and Africa . . . As new airplanes come online, the weekly cargo capacity will increase to the tune of approximately +10% to Europe, +4% to Australia, +17% to the Middle East, +15% to Africa and +8% to the USA."

March 2009: 1st 777-F1H (35606, A6-EFD), freighter (DAE) leased.

May 2009: The Emirates (EAD) Group said that "under the circumstances" its +AED1.49 billion/+$405.6 million profit in the fiscal year ended March 31, a -72% drop from the record +AED5.3 billion posted in 2007 - 2008, was a "satisfactory result" and demonstrated its "flexibility in a challenging economic period." Group revenue rose +10.4% to AED46.3 billion but profit suffered as a result of "the record fuel prices in the first six months of the [fiscal] year and the impact of the global recession," (EAD) said. Fuel accounted for 36.2% of the carrier's expenses compared to 32.9% in the prior year. "As we move into the new financial year, the outlook is not improving," Chairman & CEO, H H Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum warned. "Although fuel prices are dropping, demand for business (C) and first class (F) traffic is still weak in many markets." He said "development plans remain unchanged" and the year "will be one of satisfactory growth."

(EAD) plans to take delivery of 18 airplanes during the fiscal year and said it has "had no problems securing financing for our growth," having already nailed down financial commitments for "over half" of the deliveries scheduled for this year. It added four A380s, 10 777-300ERs and six 777-200LRs during the recently completed fiscal year, bringing the fleet to 132 airplanes. It has 161 more on order.

The group's airline unit (EAD) posted a +AED982 million profit last year, down -80.4% from the +AED5 billion earned in 2007 - 2008. Revenue rose +9.9% to AED44.2 billion. Combined passenger and freight traffic grew +7.7% to 15.88 billion (RTK)s against a +10.5% lift in capacity to 24.4 billion (ATK)s. Passenger load factor was 75.8% LF. Yield per (RTK) rose +8.4% to AED2.56 on a +8.2% increase in unit cost.

Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) saw volume rise +9.8% to 1.4 million tonnes, boosting revenue +14.8% to AED7.7 billion. It operates eight dedicated freighters - - seven 747Fs and a new 777F. The Dnata ground handling subsidiary enjoyed a +66.4% increase in profit to +AED507 million "despite a testing year from increased activity," (EAD) said. The unit handled 244,516 airplanes during the year, up +2.3%, and now operates out of 17 airports in seven countries.

June 2009: 777-F1H (35607, A6-EFE), freighter (DAE) leased.

August 2009: The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) accused Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) of conspiring to fix cargo rates and fuel surcharges on international flights from 2002 to 2006 and initiated legal action aimed at imposing financial penalties on (EMC).
(EMC) said that it emphatically denied the charges and would defend itself in Australian court proceedings, which are expected to take place in Sydney next month. It becomes the ninth carrier to face (ACCC) charges related to cargo price-fixing; six including Qantas (QAN) have been ordered to pay penalties.

"(EMC) entered into arrangements or understandings with other international air cargo carriers that had the purpose and effect of fixing the price of certain fuel surcharges, security surcharges and rates," the (ACCC) said. "The (ACCC) alleges that the arrangements or understandings were reached in countries including Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates and India." Beyond denying the charges, (EMC) said it would save further comment for court.

December 2009: Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) has operated cargo service to Amsterdam (AMS) since 1994.

June 2010: Dubai Airports announced that Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International (DWC), the United Arab Emirates (UAE)'s new massive five-runway airport that is slated to become operational for passenger flights in the 2011 first quarter, has been cleared to commence cargo operations on June 27.

It said the facility passed a series of operational tests conducted June 20 when an Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) 777-200F touched down following a flight from Hong Kong, marking the first live test of flight operations at the airport.

"This is an important milestone, not only for the airport's certification process, but as another step towards achieving Dubai's vision to become the preeminent center for aviation worldwide," said Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Emirates Group, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, and Chairman of Dubai Airports. "It's also a testament to the cooperation and dedication of all of the organizations and stakeholders involved, who have done an impressive job of building and preparing Phase 1 of the facility for launch in a very short time frame."

Phase 1 features one operational runway capable of handling A380s, 64 remote stands, one cargo terminal with an annual capacity for 250,000 tonnes and a passenger terminal building designed to accommodate 5 million passengers per year. When completed around 2015, (DWC) will be the largest airport in the world with five runways, four terminal buildings and annual capacity for 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo, levels it anticipates reaching by 2030. It will serve as a cargo-only airport for about eight months.


August 2010: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) will launch five-times-weekly, Dubai - Dakar freighter flights from September 1.

1st A330-243F (1032, A6-DCA), freighter delivery.

October 2010: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) will launch weekly, Dubai – Frankfurt – Sao Paolo Viracopos – Campinas service on October 31, aboard a 747-400F.

December 2010: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) completed its first paperless flight aboard a 777-300ERF from Mauritius to Dubai, processing all shipments carried by the freighter airplane electronically. (EMC) operated its longest ever non-stop flight – 17.5 hours from Sydney to New York – on the 777F. Previously, the 777's longest flight was a 16.8 hour Emirates (EAD) passenger flight between Dubai and Houston Intercontinental.

January 2011: Ram Menen, Divisional Senior VP Cargo for Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) reports a good performance out of all airline cargo markets, but sees a slackening in Chinese exports, and a slight slowdown in European imports due to the debt crises there. He thinks with inventories in the USA and Europe having been rebuilt earlier in the year, exporters from China are now in less of a rush to get goods to market, and have been looking at sea or sea-air options instead. But he expects this to be temporary. "As inventory gets depleted and with new launches of electronic and Information Technology (IT)-related products, we should see more cargo in the new year."

A positive aspect of the recovery in air cargo to date has been that capacity has been kept in check. (IATA) (ITA) says it rose +9.2% in the 1st 10 months of 2010, well below traffic growth of +24%. Even in October, the figure was behind traffic growth of +11.1%. One reason for this could be a low level of new freighter deliveries and a delay in the delivery of the 747-8F Freighter.

(EMC) named Angelo Mule as its new Cargo Operations Manager for Germany.

February 2011: Trade facilitator, Dubai Trade signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) to form a partnership allowing Dubai Trade to offer (EMC)’s freight booking services through its single-window online payment portal. Payment will initially be accepted in person or through (IATA) credit accounts.

“This (MOU) is a well-targeted initiative that will serve as a stepping stone toward the full-scale integration of sea-air cargo movement and, consequently, to further strengthen the competitive advantage of Dubai as the region’s leading trading hub,” Group (CEO) Jamal Majid Bin Thaniah said. “The supply chain industry as a whole will benefit immensely by this strategic move.”

April 2011: World Airways (WLD) will operate 1 747-400F for Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) on 2x-weekly, Dubai to Frankfurt to Sao Paulo service and weekly, Dubai to Frankfurt service beginning this month.

August 2011: Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) has taken delivery of its 3rd 777F Freighter. The 777F will be deployed to Brazil serving São Paulo (VCP) 3x-weekly, Dubai to Frankfurt to Sao Paolo, complementing the daily passenger operation to Rio de Janeiro (GRU).

(EMC) introduced its 1st 777F in March 2009. In December 2010, it operated its longest ever non-stop flight: 17.5 hours from Sydney to New York (JFK) on the 777F. Emirates (EAD) is the largest operator of 777 airplanes in the world, currently with 91 777s in its fleet.

777-F1H (35612, A6-EFF) (DEA) leased.

September 2011: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) launched weekly, Dubai (DXB) to Singapore to Sydney to Hong Kong to (DXB) 777F service.

November 2011: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) completed its 1st paperless flight, operating a Singapore to Dubai 777-300ERF service with 100% of its shipments processed electronically. It said it is “on track” to meet the 2014 target of removing all paper Air Waybills, documents and certificates by the end of 2014, under (IATA)’s E-freight cargo industry initiative.

(EMC) launched weekly, 747-400F Dubai (DXB) to Lome to Kotoka to Frankfurt to (DXB) service.

January 2012: The world’s 4th busiest airport in terms of international passenger and cargo traffic, Dubai International airport (DXB) handled passenger traffic of 51 million in 2011, up +8%, compared to 47.2 million in 2010, posting another record year for the airport. Airplane movements totaled 326,317, up +6.2% over 2010.

In December, passenger traffic reached 4.7 million, up 10.2% over the same prior-year period. “In a year that was characterized by economic uncertainty, political instability and high oil prices, passenger growth continued unabated driven by new routes and additional frequencies,” Paul Griffiths, (CEO) of Dubai Airports said. “That trend will continue in 2012 with our 2 largest airlines, Emirates (EAD) and flydubai (FDB), set to receive additional airplanes throughout the year.”

Unrest across the Middle East and weaker global economic conditions hit passenger and air freight traffic last year.

In 2011, (DXB) added +28 destinations and discontinued -17, boosting overall passenger destinations to 215, compared to 204 in 2010. Its strongest markets include India, the (UK), Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Qatar, Germany, and the USA. According to (DXB), routes to Eastern Europe experienced the highest growth, up +81%. Routes to Russia and the (CIS) jumped +30.5% and routes to North America climbed +16.1%.

Freight, which reflected the faltering world economy, was down -1.5% to 2.19 million tonnes.

(DXB) expects to complete construction of Concourse 3, the world’s largest dedicated Airbus A380 facility, by year end.

Government-run, Dubai Airports owns and manages Dubai’s 2 airports, Dubai International and the new Al Maktoum International, which opened for cargo operations in 2010. The airport operator plans to invest $7.8 billion in airport expansion to boost current capacity from 60 million passengers a year to 90 million by 2018.

April 2012: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) increased weekly, Dubai to Singapore to Sydney to Hong Kong to Dubai 777F service to 2x-weekly.

(EMC) will launch daily, Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City service on June 4.

September 2012: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) launched weekly, Dubai - Osaka Kansai to Seoul Incheon 777F service on September 7.

November 2012: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) will launch daily, Dubai to Phuket A340-300F service on December 10.

January 2013: Emirates (EAD) has confirmed that it no longer plans to add 747-8F freighters to its Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) fleet which it had planned to lease from (DAE) Capital. (DAE) Capital had initially placed an order for 10 747-8Fs but then had cancelled the 1st 5 orders in November 2011 and the remaining 5 airplanes on order earlier this fall. (EAD) plans to continue to concentrate on the 777-200F as its cargo airplane of choice. It currently operates 7 777-200Fs already and has another 6 of the 777-200Fs freighters on order. (EMC) also wet-leases 3 747-400F freighters from Atlas Air (TLS) and (TNT) Airways (TNB).

March 2013: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) and Qantas (QAN) Freight have inked a partnership to cooperate on cargo capacity on each other’s passenger services. Beginning March 31, the 2 companies will offer customers access to each of the 2 networks, marketing their cargo capacity to a total 233 ports across 6 continents. “This partnership will offer customers a range of benefits including increased frequencies, more options and flexibility, and ultimately improvements through the creation of seamless connections to more destinations,” Emirates Divisional Senior VP Cargo, Ram Menen said. “SkyCargo (EMC) customers from around the world will initially have access to 28 destinations on (QAN) Freight’s network including 10 ports in Australia and 8 destinations in Asia.”

(QAN) will also expand its network to include 65 Emirates (EAD) destinations in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia connecting with its own existing network of 80 destinations in Australia through interline arrangements.

(EAD) and (QAN) will offer >90X-weekly Australia to Dubai services beginning March 31, subject to regulatory approvals.

(EMC) will transfer its cargo fleet from Dubai International Airport to Dubai World Central Airport (DWC), President Tim Clark said. A truck system will be established between the 2 airports to handle Emirates (EAD)’s belly cargo from its passenger airplanes and vice versa. “It is necessary that the current airport must provide that relief [from busy Dubai Airport to (DWC)],” he said.

Airport (CEO) Paul Griffiths said that Dubai Airport has a limit of 100 million passengers. After that, airlines must move to (DWC). “At a time when (EAD) will handle around 80 million passengers, this would not be easy to move the carrier to the new airport,” Griffiths added.

Both Clark and Griffiths said (EAD) could make a complete move to (DWC) in 2025.

(DWC) will open for 1st passenger operations in September. The plan is to create additional terminal infrastructure to handle about 20 million passengers. (EAD) also expects to operate some charter services from there.

(EMC) operates 4 777Fs and 3 wet-leased 747Fs; it has 6 777Fs on order.

June 2013: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC), the Freight division of Emirates (EAD), has cemented its position as a leading global player in air cargo industry by winning the ‘Cargo Airline of the Year 2013’ award at the Air Cargo Week World Air Cargo Awards.

(EMC) received the accolade at a Gala Dinner on June 5, which took place at The Westin Grand Hotel in Munich against the backdrop of "Transport Logistic 2013," the world´s largest trade fair for transport and logistics. “Winning the Cargo Airline of the Year award highlights (EMC)'s dedication to customer service and quality,” said Pradeep Kumar, (EAD) Senior VP Cargo Revenue Optimization & Systems, who attended the ceremony. “Receiving this award is something that I share with our entire Emirates SkyCargo team whose hard work and commitment make all of our success possible.”

The awards come at a time of continuous growth for (EMC). Earlier this year, the freight division of Emirates (EAD) significantly boosted its cargo capacity with the addition of 3 new 777F airplanes, taking its freighter fleet to 10 airplanes and its dedicated freighter network to 13 destinations. These are Taipei, Chittagong, Eldoret, Lilongwe, Chicago, Almaty, Gothenburg, Zaragoza, Viracopos, Tripoli, Djibouti, Hanoi, and Liege.

(EMC) currently serves a route network of >130 destinations in 77 countries, spanning 6 continents across the globe.

In recognition of its overall policy of excellence in every area of operation, (EMC) was recently presented with a number of prestigious industry awards, such as ‘Cargo Airline of the Year 2013,’ ‘Best Middle East Cargo Airline’ (both Air Cargo News), ‘Best Air Cargo Carrier Middle East’ (AFSCA), ‘Cargo Operator of the Year’(SCATA) and ‘Air Cargo Excellence Award’ (Air Cargo World).

July 2013: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) will begin daily, Dubai to Stockholm service on September 4.

Authorities at Dubai International Airport (DXB) have said that the facility is to close both runways for almost 3 months in 2014 in a major refurbishment program. This will lead to scheduled passenger flights and all Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) airplanes being diverted to the new Dubai World Central Airport (DWC). The work is due to take 80 days and will start on May 1st.

The southern runway will be closed from May 1 to May 31, 2014, while the northern runway will be out of operation from May 31 to June 20, 2014 as the upgrades are implemented."

October 2013: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) received its 10th 777F.

November 2013: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) is expanding its operations in the Indian subcontinent following the recent launch of Emirates services to Sialkot, the airline’s fifth route in Pakistan.

Scheduled freighter services now operate to 43 destinations in 37 countries.

January 2014: SEE ATTACHED - - "EMC-CARGO AD-2014-01."

March 2014: Dubai International Airport will begin heavy maintenance work on its 2 runways on May 1st. For 80 days, 1 runway will be closed and on Sunday nights, both runways will be closed for 1 hour.

“For us that means we have to ground 20 airplanes,” Emirates Airline (EAD) (CCO), Thierry Antinori confirmed. “This includes all remaining eight Airbus A345-500s, some A330s and only a few Boeing 777s.” Antinori said (EAD) will keep its network operational, “but we will have to reduce frequencies on certain routes. Around 10% of our offerings [to passengers] will be reduced. This will have, of course, an impact on our revenues.”

Antinori added that every carrier that operates into Dubai will have to reduce frequencies. Recently, (EAD)'s Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) switched its freighter fleet of 10 Boeing 777Fs and 2 747-400ERFs to the new Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport. “The fact is we have to make space in Dubai. Dubai had been the worldwide No 1 airport for 6 months last year in terms of international passenger numbers; soon we will take over London Heathrow from that position.”

May 2014: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) began operations at Dubai World Central’s (DWC) Al Maktoum International Airport on May 1st. The first service was a Boeing 777F from London Heathrow with more than >100 tons of cargo - - SEE PHOTO - - "EMC-2014-05-NEW OPS."

Phase 1 construction of (DWC) is complete with 250 staff and the ability to handle 700,000 tons of cargo annually. Phase 2 will see 500 staff employed and is set for completion in September. It is expected in the future to handle 1 million tons of freight.

“This new facility gives us the additional space and capacity required to manage the growth of our cargo business and have a dedicated, modern and efficient hub for our freighter operations, which contribute 35% of Emirates SkyCargo (EMC)’s total revenue,” Nabil Sultan, Emirates (EAD) Divisional Senior VP Cargo, said.

Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) begins weekly, Dubai to Mexico City and to Atlanta Boeing 777F service.

(EMC) flies 12 freighters (10 Boeing 777Fs and 2 Boeing 747-400ERFs) to 50 cities.

August 2014: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) began daily, Dubai to Chicago and Dubai to Los Angeles, Boeing 777-200LRF service.

September 2014: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) launched an internally developed and cost effective LD3 container that keeps temperature sensitive cargo cool when transported on the ground and in the air.

April 2015: Siemens Logistics & Airport Solutions has provided its cargo handling system to Dubai World Central (DWC). The new system is to provide air cargo Information Technology (IT) solutions to Emirates SkyCargo (EMC)’s freighter fleet.

The system will optimize cargo processes, including cycle times, cargo tracking capability, direct build-up/breakdown handling, quick transit to and from airside, as well as cargo screening, Siemens reported.

October 2015: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) welcomes the arrival of its newest Boeing 777F freighter airplane, bringing the total number of dedicated cargo airplanes in its fleet to 15, including 2 Boeing 747-400Fs and 13 777Fs.

October 2016: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) launched 5x-weekly Oslo to Dubai Boeing 777-300ER service on October 11.

December 2016: Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) began daily Dubai - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Boeing 777-200LR service from December 15.

May 2017: News Item A-1: Luxembourg all-freight operator Cargolux (CLX) and Dubai-based Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), paving the way for a strategic cargo partnership.

The partners said the agreement, which was signed at the Air Cargo Europe event in Munich, is the 1st of its kind in the air cargo industry between a mainline airline and a specialized freighter operator.

Under the cooperation, Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) will use (CLX)’s nose-loading Boeing 747F freighters for heavy and outsized cargo, complementing its own fleet of 13 777Fs and 2 747-400ERFs

The 2 carriers will also “further develop” block space and interline agreements on each other’s networks. “(CLX) will have access to Emirates SkyCargo’s high frequency distribution network through the bellyhold of passenger flights to >150 global destinations in 83 countries, while Emirates will have access to main deck 747 capacity on (CLX)’s network,” the partners said.

Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) will launch freighter operations to Luxembourg from June, while Cargolux (CLX) will step up its Dubai World Central (DWC) frequencies from 3x-weekly.

Both airlines’ cargo will be handled at the same facility in Luxembourg and (CLX) will be handled by Emirates SkyCargo at (DWC).
“Emirates SkyCargo is an important player in the industry, as (CLX) is, and our supplementary capabilities allow us to develop service offerings that both of us could not provide on our own,” (CLX) President & (CEO) Richard Forson said.

February 2018: Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) launched Dubai to Maastricht Boeing 777F services.


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August 2018:

2 747-4HAFER (1389-35235, OO-THC, 2007-07; 1399-35236, OO-THD, 2008-02), (GUG) LEASED, (TNB) WET-LEASED. FREIGHTER.

7 747-47UF (CF6-80C2B5F) (1227-29259, /05 N498MC; 1192-29261, /98 N408MC, 2001-01; 1220-29258, /99 N497MC, 2004-07; 1244-30559, /00 N412MC; 1304-32837, /02 N415MC), (TLS) WET-LEASED. (EAD) SKYCARGO (EMC) COLORS. FREIGHTER.

00/00 ORDERS (2011-?) 747-8F (GEnx), FOR SKY CARGO (EMC) OPERATIONS:

6 +2 ORDERS 777-F1H (GE90-110B1) (35606, A6-EFD, 2009-093; 35607, A6-EFE, 2009-06 - - SEE PHOTO - - "EMC-777-2009-08;" 35612, A6-EFF, 2011-08; A6-EFH), (DEA) LEASED, FOR SKY CARGO (EMC) OPERATIONS. FREIGHTER.

7 +6 ORDERS 777-200F, FREIGHTER.

0 A310-308F (CF6-80C2A8) (592, /92 A6-EFB, 2005-07; 622, /92 A6-EFC, 2006-01; 646, /92 A6-EFA, 2006-01), EX-(ARO), CONVERTED TO FREIGHTER BY (EADS) FOR SKY CARGO (EMC) OPERATIONS. 592; 622; 646; SOLD TO (BRN) 2008-11. FREIGHTER.

2 A330-243F (1032, A6-DCA, 2010-08; 1070, AC-DCB, 2010-09), EX-(F-WWKG & F-WWYF). FREIGHTER.



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