Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has completed two years of operating its Boeing 777 freighter aircraft to Oslo. The air cargo carrier operates a weekly freighter service to the Norwegian capital offering close to 100 tonnes of cargo capacity per flight, facilitating international trade between Norway and the rest of the world. In addition to its weekly freighter service, Emirates SkyCargo also transports cargo on its daily passenger services to and from Oslo.
Norway is one of the world’s largest exporters of seafood and exports of Norwegian salmon were valued at around US$ 4 billion for the first six months of 2018*. Over the last two years, Emirates SkyCargo has helped transport close to 35,000 tonnes of Norwegian salmon from Oslo to a number of important export markets in the Middle East and East Asia.
Through Emirates Fresh, the carrier’s portfolio of transportation solutions for perishables, seafood exports arriving on the freighter from Oslo are rapidly transported through an unbroken cool chain at Emirates SkyCargo’s Dubai hub onto further flights on passenger and freighter aircraft. Emirates SkyCargo’s wide network spread of over 160 destinations and frequency of flights from Dubai ensures that Norwegian salmon retain their freshness and reach their destinations in the quickest possible time.
In addition to salmon, Emirates SkyCargo’s freighter service also helps transport considerable volumes of other cargo. Over more than 100 scheduled freighter flights since October 2016, large items including aircraft engines, ship propellers weighing more than 10 tonnes apiece and other outsized spare parts for the marine industry have been carried by the carrier’s Boeing 777 freighter aircraft to and from Oslo. In December 2017, Emirates SkyCargo’s freighter aircraft also carried thoroughbred horses from Oslo to Dubai for the Dubai racing season. The Oslo freighter service frequently carries pharmaceuticals and other general cargo.
*according to data published by the Norwegian Seafood Council