It is relieving for many in the industry to see the enormous boost in capacity that Emirates SkyCargo is bringing to the air-cargo market, with a fleet of B777-300ER Passenger Freighters (PF).
This move comes at an especially crucial time, due to the current burst in worldwide consumer demand for fresh-cut flowers for Mother’s Day – and an understandable eagerness throughout the flower-producing regions to be able to get their product to market.
There is no question that vital health and medical supplies must get to where they are needed, and there has been a doubling of demand for pharmaceutical shipments that are critical to COVID-19 crisis.
Air cargo carriers worldwide have been grappling with high demand since freight capacity started to nosedive in February. In fact, by March, IATA reported that freight capacity had fallen nearly 23 percent as a result of belly cargo space in passenger airlines being pulled from the market due to flight cancellations.
With such insufficient capacity, this innovative move by Emirates SkyCargo is helping in the short-term by adding capacity to cargo market with passenger aircraft that would otherwise be sitting idle.
Using dedicated passenger B777-300ERs for cargo only, they are able to cater to the humanitarian response, as well as help with the wider range of existing logistics needs worldwide.
PrimeAir is grateful to be able offer this “new-found” capacity to its customers in the flower industry. The arrival of the very first PF flight deployed by Emirates SkyCargo into Quito was a very assuring sight to see, indeed.