With the global demand for fresh mangoes remaining robust during 2022, Emirates SkyCargo is proud to be a vital link between the farming community and customers looking for delicious, fresh mangoes this season.
Compared to the previous year, Emirates SkyCargo flew 30 per cent more mangoes during the 2021 season, with the airline expecting similar volumes again by the end of this year’s mango season.
The lion’s share of mangoes flown by Emirates SkyCargo originates in South East Asia, supplemented by South American mangoes filling the cargo hold of Emirates’ passenger planes and freighters from Mexico, Columbia and Brazil, the majority of which are destined for the UK, Spanish and UAE markets. The airline also helped Australian producers export over 100 tonnes of mangoes this year.
Dennis Lister, VP Cargo Commercial Development, Emirates SkyCargo, said: “The success of our three-tiered Emirates Fresh product is clearly demonstrated by our continually growing volumes, as well as by our customers’ confidence in repeatedly choosing us to keep their fruits healthy, their meats fresh and their flowers blooming as they travel the world with us. With our class-leading integrated cool chain processes, expert personnel and temperature-controlled storage, customers worldwide are guaranteed freshness that they can touch, taste and feel.”
Taking Pakistan as an example, in many cases, it takes only 48 hours from when the mangoes are picked on the farm to the moment the fresh fruit boards the departing aircraft. Add another 14 to 18 hours in transit, and they will have reached the supermarket shelves at their final destination, as fresh as they left the farm. As one of the industry’s leading global air freight carriers, Emirates SkyCargo flew over 6,500 tonnes from Pakistan via Dubai to Europe and North America.
Nearly 80 per cent of the tasty cargo leaves Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, and the remaining 20 per cent departs from Lahore. The cargo is loaded into the belly-hold of Boeing 777s, which fly 31 flights a week between Dubai and the two cities.
Transiting through the Emirates SkyCentral facilities at Dubai International Airport, the delicious fruit is always stored in state-of-the-art Cool Dollies during ground transportation before being sent to their final destinations.
The UK received the largest percentage of imports via Emirates’ hub in Dubai, with over 3,600 tonnes of fresh mangoes. Germany’s appetite for the sweet fruit was also healthy, receiving nearly 700 tonnes, followed closely by the UAE, with almost 500 tonnes having been imported through Emirates SkyCargo over the past year.
The precious cargo was also sent directly to Spain from Mexico on board Emirates dedicated Boeing 777 Freighters.
Emirates Fresh is Emirates SkyCargo’s responsive cool chain solution for everyday perishables unaffected by slight temperature variations. It’s the ideal combination of cost-effectiveness and core protection that ensures freshness is not compromised during transportation. With optional additional protection from items like White Covers and Thermal Blankets, produce can remain cool throughout the shipment journey.
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