The world’s second largest cargo airline and the freight division of Emirates Airlines, Emirates SkyCargo, recently announced that they are soon to open a new trade route to South America with the start of freighter services to the capital of Colombia, Bogota. The new weekly Bogota service will commence on January 16th 2019 and will be operated by Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter.
The Boeing 777 has complete cargo capacity in excess of 100 tonnes and is fitted with wide main deck doors allowing for the transportation of large and outsized cargo. With the addition of this new service, Bogota will become Emirates SkyCargo’s sixth cargo destination in South America and their third dedicated cargo destination on the continent.
The flight, EK 9930 is scheduled to arrive in Bogota at 22.00 hours local time each Wednesday and will leave at 00.05 hours local time on each Thursday morning.
The new service will see Emirates SkyCargo working in conjunction with the Latin American carrier Avianca. Avianca will commercialize the capacity of the Boeing 777 freighter on its return leg from Bogota to Maastricht to transport cargo booked by their customers. This new partnership will be developed further as Emirates SkyCargo will assist Avianca for transporting cargo from Latin America across its well-developed network. While Avianca will aid Emirates as they look to strengthen their operational reach in the South American market.
Vice President, Cargo Planning & Freighters for Emirates SkyCargo, Hiran Perera said, “We welcome Bogota to our global network of over 40 scheduled weekly freighter destinations. South America is one of our main focus regions and we believe that there is a lot of potential for further growth in demand for air cargo capacity in this region,” Mr. Perera continued, “We are also delighted to be working with Avianca for this freighter service and we look forward to strengthening our partnership to facilitate more trade between customers in South America and the rest of the world.”