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Emirates SkyCargo launches freighter service to Abidjan and Tunis

02 May, 2014

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has increased its cargo capacity to Tunis and Abidjan with the introduction of a weekly freighter service.
The new freighter flight supplements the existing belly hold cargo capacity provided on Emirates’ daily passenger services to the two cities. Emirates SkyCargo is using one of its Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft on the Dubai-Abidjan-Tunis-Dubai route, which is capable of carrying 103 tonnes of cargo, and with its main deck being the widest of any freighter aircraft at 3.7 metres, it is able to uplift outsized cargo and carry larger consignments. The B777 freighter is one of the most modern and technologically advanced freighters available and has the lowest fuel burn of any comparable size aircraft.

“Africa is a key growth region for Emirates SkyCargo and the additional capacity and frequency of a scheduled freighter service creates new opportunities for businesses in Tunisia and Cote D’Ivoire wanting to tap into new markets in the Emirates network, particularly the Middle East, Asia and the Far East, as well as for customers in our network wanting to increase their trade with the two countries,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo.
Imports into Abidjan include electronics and electrical equipment, automotive spare parts, construction equipment and pharmaceuticals, while similar types of cargo are moved into Tunis. Exports from Tunis are perishables, electronics, construction equipment and textiles, while exports from Abidjan are mainly perishables, such as fresh and frozen fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood and other foodstuffs, as well plants, machinery and tools.
Emirates SkyCargo currently operates freighters to a number of destinations in Africa, many of which are also Emirates’ passenger destinations. These include Accra, Addis Ababa, Entebbe, Dakar, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Tripoli, Cairo and Khartoum, while Djibouti, Eldoret, Lilongwe and Kano are freighter only destinations.
Emirates operates four scheduled flights weekly from Larnaka to Dubai: every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

On these days in the morning, EK 107 arrives from Dubai while in the afternoon EK108 arrives from Malta on its flight back to Dubai. Emirates SkyCargo in Cyprus can be contacted on tel. no 2276 4610, or at skycargolca@emirates.com