Emirates cargo goes north

EMIRATES is taking cargo to the most northern point on its network, thanks to the launch of a Dubai (UAE)-St Petersburg (Russia) route.

As one of the few wide-body operators serving St Petersburg, Emirates SkyCargo will be able to offer increased options to the market using a combination of A340-300s and A330-200s.

Commodities, such as pharmaceuticals, automotive parts, garments, electronics and flowers, will be imported. They will arrive from markets like China, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa. Spare parts for power stations, aircraft and ships, along with tobacco products, are expected to move in the other direction – heading to destinations including Angola, China, India, Japan and Vietnam.

The airline currently operates a double daily flight to Moscow and has been flying to the Russian capital since 2003.

“We have been considering launching a non-stop service to St Petersburg for some time and we believe that the conditions are now right to do so,” Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group, said.

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