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Emirates SkyCargo strengthens Scandinavian routes

By Staff Reports on July 1, 2014

Emirates SkyCargo is set to strengthen trade lanes in Scandinavia with the start of operations to Oslo beginning Sept. 2.  

The start of a daily service to Oslo, with an Emirates Boeing 777-300 ER, will provide a total of 322 tonnes of belly hold cargo capacity per week and create new trade and business opportunities between Europe’s largest oil producer and markets around Emirates SkyCargo’s network. 

Oslo, the center of Norway’s shipping industry, will become Emirates SkyCargo’s third gateway in Scandinavia after daily passenger and cargo services were introduced to Copenhagen, Denmark, in August 2011 and Stockholm in September 2013.

Emirates SkyCargo first started cargo operations to serve Scandinavia in 2003 with freighter flights to Gothenburg, Sweden, when Emirates had no passenger flights to the region.

From flying Norwegian salmon to places such as Singapore and Japan, electronics and pharmaceuticals to the Middle East, Africa and other markets, Scandinavian products are being moved across Emirates SkyCargo’s global network. 

In addition to the belly-hold cargo operations, Emirates SkyCargo also operates six weekly freighter flights to Copenhagen, which will increase to eight when the two Gothenburg freighter flights are consolidated and shifted to Copenhagen beginning Tuesday.  

“While Gothenburg is still an important destination, we can achieve greater efficiency by operating all the freighter flights alongside one of our key online passenger points,” said Robert Siegel, Emirates vice president commercial operations cargo, Europe and the Americas. “With eight freighter flights a week to Copenhagen, coupled with the belly-hold capacity of an all Boeing 777 operation into Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen, we will offer more than 2,500 tonnes of cargo capacity, enabling new trade opportunities for importers and exporters across the region and across our worldwide network.”

A variety of goods are imported and exported into and from the region. Exports from Sweden include telecommunications equipment, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, electronics and tools, while imports are mainly dairy products, electronics, fruit and vegetables, textiles, plants and flowers. Denmark’s exports include ship spares, oil and gas equipment, pumps, windmill parts and pharmaceuticals, with key imports being oil and gas equipment, electronics, textiles, fruits and vegetables.

Popular commodities exported from Norway includes salmon, oil and gas equipment, ships spares, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and electronics, and key imports include oil and gas equipment, ship spares, pharmaceuticals, machinery and dairy products.