Emirates SkyCargo completes record flight
12 / 01 / 2011
THE freight division of Emirates airline, Emirates SkyCargo, has recorded its longest non-stop flight to date from Down Under to The Big Apple.
The Boeing 777 freighter completed the 17.5-hour flight from Sydney to New York on 28 December transporting a consignment of valuable horses to the Stewart International Airport.
“The Boeing 777F boasts the longest range capability of all twin-engine jets, is quieter and uses less fuel per tonne than other freighters, which are all increasingly important as the industry demands more environmentally sound practices globally,” Ram Menen, Emirates’ divisional senior vice-president cargo, explains.
In related news, Emirates SkyCargo recently marked a milestone with its inaugural paperless flight. EK702, from Mauritius to Dubai, became the first flight on its global network to operate with a hold filled entirely with shipments that had been processed electronically.
The Boeing 777-300ER, with a belly-hold capacity of 23 tonnes, transported a diverse load, including banknotes, flowers, fruits such as litchis, clothing, textiles and courier items.
E-freight is a collective cargo industry initiative facilitated by IATA with the goal of removing all paper air waybills, as well as every other document and certificate, by the end of 2014.