|Emirates SkyCargo expands its fleet|
|DUBAI : Emirates SkyCargo is bolstering its fleet with an additional freighter, to service growing demand from its markets worldwide.
The announcement was made on Wednesday during the 22nd International Air Cargo Forum and Exposition in Spain.
The new freighter, a Boeing 747-400F leased from Atlas Air, will come on board on 1st October.
As the fourth 400F, it will boost Emirates SkyCargo's freighter fleet to half a dozen aircraft, all Boeing 747s including two 200Fs. With a capacity of 124 tones, the new aircraft takes the award-winning cargo division's total freighter payload capability up to nearly 700 tones.
The Boeing 747-400F, the world's most advanced long-range freighter, is ideally fitted for Emirates SkyCargo's needs. It has four independently controlled air-conditioned zones that can be maintained at different temperature levels - so pharmaceuticals, fish, meat and vegetables can be carried in the same flight without risk of spoiling or contamination.
The aircraft has a bulk hold of 15 cubic meters and can transport up to 625 cubic meters in volume. Its side cargo door allows loading of outsized shipments that cannot be accommodated in the belly-holds of the 65 passenger aircraft in Emirate's fleet.
Ram Menen, Emirates' Senior Vice President Cargo said: 'The new 747-400 freighter will help cater to the escalating demand from our customers across our network. We can thicken our existing routes and expand our freighter network, which now spans 23 destinations worldwide.
Beirut,09 21 2004
The Daily Star