6 June, 2012
Recognised at Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards for 17th consecutive year
Shanghai, China, 6th June 2012: Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, one of the fastest growing international airlines, was named Best Air Cargo Carrier Middle East for the 17th consecutive year at the Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA).
The AFSCA awards in Shanghai, organised by market leading transport and logistics newspaper Cargonews Asia, are widely regarded as the most authoritative and prestigious awards for the industry in Asia.
“We are honoured to have received the award again and the recognition of the continued success of Emirates SkyCargo by our industry is a great honour,” said Michael Qu, Emirates’ Cargo Manager China, who collected the award.
“Asia, and China in particular, is a key market for Emirates SkyCargo and remains an area of huge trading potential. With our network continually growing and fleet expanding, we can support Chinese customers with enhanced levels of connectivity, flexibility, reliability, as well as provide them with tailored products and services to the Middle East and onwards, especially to Africa.”
Trade between the UAE and China has grown by 35% annually in the past decade to $35 billion in 2011, despite the global economic downturn, thus placing the UAE as the second largest trading partner of China in the Middle East, according to the UAE Ministry of Foreign Trade.
Meanwhile, bilateral trade grew from $10.6 billion in 2000 to $160 billion in 2011, and Chinese investment in Africa rose from tens of millions of dollars to over $10 billion. China has become Africa’s largest trading partner, according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.
Since January, Emirates has introduced services to eight new destinations: Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Dallas, Lusaka, Harare, Liege (cargo-only), Seattle and Ho Chi Minh City. It will also launch flights to Lisbon and Barcelona in July, and Washington DC in September. Moreover, a fourth Boeing 777F joined its fleet earlier this year, taking its dedicated fleet to eight aircraft, with a further nine Boeing 777Fs on order.
Currently, Emirates SkyCargo offers over 1,300 tonnes total weekly capacity from Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, including five weekly freighter services from Shanghai and daily belly-hold services from all three cities. Emirates SkyCargo’s China gateways can be easily connected to South America via its world-class and technologically-advanced Cargo Mega Terminal in Dubai.
The AFSCA award comes shortly after Emirates SkyCargo received the prestigious Cargo Airline of the Year award for the 24th consecutive year by trade magazine Air Cargo News.