Emirates SkyCargo flew more than 25,000 tonnes of freight in the last year on passenger flights in and out of Buenos Aires-Rio de Janeiro and on its freighter service to Sao Paulo. Emirates sees these routes as entry points to regions beyond South America, shipping cars, spare parts, drilling equipment and perishables to the Asia-Pacific region and other areas.
“Our expanded services in the region have not only boosted trade levels with the UAE, but also with South America’s main Far East business partners, such as China, Hong Kong and Japan, and a multitude of European countries,” Emirates’ Ram Menen said in a statement.“Brazil is already recognized as an economic power, and we hope to help it become even stronger by contributing to the growth of its import and exports industry.
The majority of the tonnage was flown on Boeing 777 freighters. Belly-hold space in daily passenger services to Rio de Janeiro operated using Boeing 777-300ERs accounted for about 1,200 tonnes of cargo, with about 4,000 tonnes being carried on passenger service to Sao Paulo.
A number of other carriers are also expecting big growth from Latin America. According to David Brooks of American Airlines Cargo, the carrier will position much of its upcoming capacity on routes to the region. AA Cargo is set to acquire nine Boeing 777-300ERs and up to 100 787s in the next five years.
He said recently that much of the carrier’s goal of 20-percent growth in the next seven years will come from Latin America and Asia. “A number of [Latin American] countries — whether it was for cargo on American or cargo on another carrier’s airplane — basically got their economic engines started as a result of having air access out of the region, and we certainly played a part in that,” Brooks said.