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Fri 15 Mar 2013 10:22 AM

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Emirates, Qantas set to launch cargo link-up

Airlines say they will offer access to each other's freight networks from March 31

Emirates, Qantas set to launch cargo link-up
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Emirates SkyCargo and Qantas Freight will offer customers access to each other’s networks from the end of this month, marketing cargo capacity to a combined total of 233 ports across six continents.

Under the Emirates and Qantas partnership, Emirates SkyCargo and Qantas Freight will cooperate on cargo capacity on each other’s passenger services offering freight customers of both airlines new trade and business opportunities. 

“This partnership will offer customers a range of benefits including increased frequencies, more options and flexibility, and ultimately improvements through the creation of seamless connections to more destinations,” said Ram Menen, Emirates divisional senior vice president, Cargo.

“SkyCargo customers from around the world will initially have access to 28 destinations on Qantas Freight’s network including ten ports in Australia and eight destinations in Asia.”

Qantas will expand its network to include 65 Emirates destinations in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia connecting these with Qantas’ existing network of 80 destinations in Australia through interline arrangements. 

The amount of destinations could be extended to reach the airlines’ combined networks, the airlines said in a statement.  

The agreement to cooperate on cargo services will form part of the commercial co-operation under the Master Co-ordination Agreement between the two airlines and is subject to the same regulatory approvals.  

Both Qantas Freight and Emirates SkyCargo customers can now book cargo capacity on Emirates and Qantas flights operating between Australia, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa from March 31. 

All cargo arriving in Dubai on Qantas flights from Australia or London will be handled through Emirates’ Cargo Mega Terminal at Dubai International Airport.

Subject to regulatory approvals, Emirates and Qantas will offer over 90 services per week from Australia to Dubai from the end of March.

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