By John Lee.
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has announced that it is planning to increase its cargo capacity to Iran.
On 1st September the airline will begin five daily non-stop flights to Mashhad, making it Emirates’ second Iranian destination after the capital city Tehran, which Emirates has been serving since March 1990.
Khalid Mohd Al Hinai, vice president – Cargo Commercial for the Middle East, GCC and Iran, said:
“Iran is an important market for Emirates SkyCargo, and with our Dubai hub strategically located between East and West, we are able to offer Iranian manufacturers access to our global network coupled with a range of innovative products and services, such as our cool chain offering for time and temperature sensitive commodities.
“We anticipate that trade between the UAE and Iran to further flourish as a result of the launch of this new direct five times weekly service.”
With the new service to Mashhad, Emirates SkyCargo will provide more than 150 tonnes of belly-hold capacity between Iran and the UAE each week; further supporting Iranian exports of fruits, vegetables, carpets, saffron, nuts, and personal effects, and its imports of meat, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, machinery and automobiles parts.
The top markets to which Emirates SkyCargo carries Iranian’s exports include Dubai, Kuwait, Riyadh, Bahrain, Osaka, Tokyo, Melbourne, Sydney, and Los Angeles, while main import markets include the UAE, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Mumbai, Frankfurt and Basel.
Operated by an Airbus A330-200, EK967 will depart Dubai every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.