Emirates SkyCargo welcomed its newest B777F during the weekend, bringing the total number of the Boeing widebody freighter in its fleet to 11 aircraft.
From Boeing’s Paine Field in Seattle, A6-EFT headed to Hong Kong to pick up its first load before touching down on Saturday morning at its new home in Dubai World Central, with a full freight load consisting of electronics, consumer goods and general cargo.
The new freighter will add much needed capacity to the airline’s operations, which has been running at full steam throughout the pandemic, according to Nabil Sultan, Divisional Senior Vice President, Emirates SkyCargo.
Emirates is scheduled to take delivery of a second 777F in June. The airline will start converting four of its passenger 777 aircraft into freighters in 2023, which are scheduled to be re-delivered by end-2024.
Emirates SkyCargo currently operates scheduled freighter services to 11 destinations and offers shippers more belly-hold cargo space via its passenger fleet. Last year, it flew over 2.1 million tonnes of cargo.