Abbas hired as divisional SVP at Emirates SkyCargo

Badr Abbas. Photo: Emirates SkyCargo

Emirates has appointed Badr Abbas as divisional senior vice president for Emirates SkyCargo to fill the gap left by Nabil Sultan back in the first quarter of the year.

Abbas will begin his new role on July 8, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Group Chairman and Chief Executive, said in a statement on July 5.

Abbas has been working for Emirates for over 24 years. His most recent role within the company has been senior vice president – commercial operations (Africa).

Before this, he was senior vice president – commercial operations (Far East) and in the years prior to that role he was vice president – commercial operations (UAE & Oman) and vice president – Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Abbas takes up the role following the departure of previous Emirates SkyCargo divisional senior vice president, Nabil Sultan, who left the job – and the cargo division – in February this year to become executive VP – passenger sales and country management at Emirates on March 1.

Emirates told Air Cargo News at the time that no appointment had been made, with no interim divisional senior vice president appointment made public.

Sultan has worked for Emirates for over 33 years, accumulating a wealth of experience across the operations of the business. He had been working in the role of divisional senior vice president for Emirates SkyCargo since 2013.

In recent years, his efforts included steering the business through the challenging pandemic years, and the period of lower air cargo demand that has followed.

Emirates SkyCargo reported a 18% rise in air cargo volumes for 2023-24 but reduced cargo revenue due to higher rates.

The company recently confirmed it is sticking with plans to convert 10 777-300ER passenger aircraft into freighters despite production delays.

Sultan switches from cargo to passenger at Emirates


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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]