Brum, Brum, Emirates freighter for Jaguar Land Rover cars

18 / 05 / 2017

Emirates SkyCargo has operated an ad hoc Boeing 777 freighter aircraft from Birmingham airport as part of a new bespoke service for the transportation of exclusive Jaguar Land Rover cars to Chicago.

Emirates SkyCargo flight EK9923 departed Birmingham Airport to deliver cars for further testing. Metro Shipping, the logistics service provider appointed by Jaguar Land Rover, partner to Emirates and strategic partner of Birmingham Airport was on hand to coordinate the logistics of the exciting shipment.

The freighter service is part of Emirates SkyCargo’s specialised offering, Emirates SkyWheels - air transportation solutions for high value automobiles. The service offers the safe transportation of luxury, premium vehicles.

Airfreighting the cars directly from Birmingham, the location of Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull facility, to Chicago, also results in reduced handling of cars as there will no longer be a requirement for long-distance trucking of the vehicles.  

Hiran Perera, Senior Vice President, Cargo Planning and Freighters, Emirates SkyCargo, said:“We have seen huge demand from customers across the globe for bespoke transportation solutions for various business verticals, which is why we’ve launched a number of sector-specific products as part of our offerings, such as Emirates SkyPharma, Emirates SkyWheels and more recently Emirates SkyFresh.

“It is a positive development that we are able to work with leading car manufacturers like Jaguar Land Rover on our Emirates SkyWheels offering.”

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive Officer, Birmingham Airports said: "The Midlands is at the heart of UK manufacturing and the top export region outside of London and the South East, accounting for almost 20% of all English export goods.

"Air connectivity is an absolutely vital ingredient in growing this success and supporting global manufacturing brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, which produces thousands of vehicles each week from the Solihull plant, near the airport site.

"It therefore makes absolute sense to see more exporters using Birmingham Airport as a gateway to the world and I encourage business leaders in the region to support this opportunity to even further enhance the success of Midlands Engine."

Lawrence Boyle, Global Test Facilities Team Leader, Jaguar Land Rover said: "This is another milestone for Jaguar Land Rover as it continues to improve productivity, saving significant time and cost in the movement of our vehicles. By working with Emirates SkyCargo and using Birmingham Airport, we have a hub much closer to the centre of our engineering and manufacturing operations, enabling us to transport our premium products more quickly and efficiently."