Cargo Operator of the Year (Commercial Airline): Emirates SkyCargo
Reflecting the Middle East’s growing status as a logistics hub, this award goes to the cargo division of a commercial airline that has delivered a consistent, industry leading service over the past 12 months. Key factors the judges looked at included network coverage, commercial performance and the customer’s experience in dealing with the airline.
Emirates SkyCargo won the award because, as it pointed out in its submission, it ‘ploughed ahead with all of [its] fleet and route expansion plans in the last year’. This, despite the 2009-10 financial year being the most challenging the aviation industry has ever faced.
As rivals reduced capacity and parked aircraft, Emirates SkyCargo added belly capacity through Emirates’ new passenger services to Durban, Luanda and Tokyo. Dedicated freighter services were launched to Kolkata and Kabul.
The airline significantly increased cargo capacity on key routes, to 3000 tonnes per week each way in the case of India and 2000 tonnes in the case of Hong Kong.
To support growth, Emirates SkyCargo took delivery of two Boeing 777 freighters, widely seen as the most fuel-efficient cargo planes operating today.
Ultimately, despite an overall drop in world air cargo volumes, Emirates SkyCargo reported double digit volume growth for the 2009-10 financial year.