Emirates SkyCargo has transported close to 400,000 tonnes of perishables under the three different Fresh service categories since the new service was launched in May last year.
Almost half of all the perishable cargo has been imported from around the world into the UAE, which has a thriving international food scene catering to a large expatriate population, but with very little local food production.
Fruits and vegetables were the largest category of perishables transported by Emirates SkyCargo. In the last year, the air cargo carrier transported over 150,000 tonnes of fruits and vegetables globally.
More than a fifth of the total volume of fruits and vegetables carried on Emirates SkyCargo were exported from India.
With the onset of the export season for mangoes from the Indian subcontinent and the start of Ramadan, Emirates SkyCargo will be going through one of its busiest seasons in the year for transport of perishables from May 2018 onwards.
Emirates SkyCargo also transported over 65,000 tonnes of seafood and close to 60,000 tonnes of meat in the past 12 months.
The air cargo carrier transports items such as salmon from Norway to East Asia, seafood from South Africa and Uganda to Europe and premium meat from Melbourne to the Middle East. It carried close to 25,000 tonnes of meat exports from Australia and New Zealand.
Over 50,000 tonnes of fresh flowers and plants were also transported on Emirates SkyCargo between April 2017 and March 2018.
This includes flowers transported directly from some of the world’s most important flower producing regions such as Kenya and Ecuador on freighters to Amsterdam – the hub of the global floriculture market.
The Emirates Fresh offering is divided into three different service levels.
Emirates Fresh is the basic offering to transport general perishables such as fruits and vegetables that have a high temperature tolerance.
Emirates Fresh Breathe provides ventilated cool chain solutions for delicate perishables such as fresh cut flowers, and Emirates Fresh Active provides intensive cool chain protection for perishables that cannot withstand any temperature deviation, such as seafood.
“Since its launch last year, we have received extremely positive feedback on Emirates Fresh from our customers,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior VP, Cargo.
“The three different service levels of Emirates Fresh allow us to respond to the varied needs of perishables exporters. We continue to work with our customers and to invest in and develop Emirates Fresh as well as our other sector specific offerings. This is what helps us stay ahead of the game,” he added.