Agreement comes as Emirates is named third biggest freight carrier in the world in 2016
Cargolux Airlines and Emirates SkyCargo have announced that they will be entering into a codeshare partnership for air cargo transportation.
The deal builds on a strategic operational partnership signed earlier this year which saw the two carriers working closely on a number of operational areas.
It comes as latest figures from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reveal Emirates as the third biggest cargo carrier in the world with 2.5 million freight tonnes lifted in 2016. Only FedEx Express and United Parcel Service carried more.
The partnership saw Emirates SkyCargo commencing weekly freighter services to Luxembourg from June and Cargolux transferring handling for their freighter flights at Dubai World Central (DWC) to Emirates SkyCargo in September.
Since July 2017, Emirates SkyCargo has also chartered Boeing 747 freighter aircraft from Cargolux’s fleet.
Under the new codeshare partnership, both carriers are now able to procure cargo capacity on each other’s flights and then offer it to their customers under their own airway bills and flight numbers. The codeshare agreement will be applicable for cargo capacity on both passenger as well as freighter flights.
“Over the last five months our operational partnership with Cargolux has gone from strength to strength. We have achieved a number of the milestones that we had targeted at the outset,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, cargo.
“We will now be able to deepen this partnership through our codeshare agreement and offer a more seamless and broader range of product and service offerings to our customers,” he added.
Emirates SkyCargo and Cargolux said they will continue to explore opportunities to further strengthen their operational partnership.
Emirates SkyCargo connects cargo customers to over 155 cities across 84 countries in six continents while the Cargolux worldwide network covers 90 destinations, some 70 of which are served on scheduled all-cargo flights.