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Emirates SkyCargo expands in North America

By Hpanchal on February 16, 2012

Bolstering trade links between the U.S. and its global network is a key goal of Emirates SkyCargo. With Emirates’ recent launch of daily passenger service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and the commencement of daily service to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on March 1, the Dubai-based freight carrier will connect seven North American cities with more than 100 global destinations.

Ram Menen, Emirates’ senior divisional vice president, cargo, said both U.S. routes have strong implications for trade. “Our daily, non-stop flights from DFW and SEA will offer the fastest routes to the Middle East and beyond,” he said in a statement.

“We look forward to helping more American firms enhance their trade ties not only with the UAE, but also with markets in parts of South Asia, such as China, South Korea and Japan, and numerous points throughout Emirates’ extensive network in India and Africa,” Menen continued.

Emirates projects that fresh fruits and vegetables, electrical equipment and machinery, as well as medical equipment and aircraft parts will be key exports on the Seattle-Dubai route. These goods will then be dispersed to various Middle Eastern destinations, according to a press release.

“China and South Korea will also be key trading partners, with leading imported commodities set to consist of electronic equipment, footwear and apparel,” according to the press release.

The principal exports on Emirates' Dallas route, which commenced February 2, are oilfield equipment, electronic parts, computers, cell phones, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment. Leading imports to Dallas include communications equipment, automotive components, apparel and fabrics from Taiwan, Japan, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia and other nations.

North America isn’t the only region of focus for Emirates, however. The carrier also launched daily passenger service to Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires on January 3, which will complement its thrice-weekly freight route to Sao Paulo. Emirates SkyCargo also introduced freight service to Harare, Zimbabwe, and Lusaka, Zambia, at the beginning of February.

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