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SkyCargo gets South America edge.

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, sees growing trade between South America and the UAE/Middle East getting a shot in the arm following the launch of a daily passenger service by Emirates between Dubai and Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires which will provide belly-hold capacity for SkyCargo business. In addition to 14 flights weekly between Dubai and Rio/Beunos Aires, there is cargo space on Emirates 14 passenger flights weekly between Dubai and Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city. The capacity on these two routes -- both served by Boeing 777-300ERs -- is bolstered by Emirates SkyCargo's dedicated freighter service to Sao Paulo three times a week, providing a further 620 tonnes of capacity on Boeing 777Fs. "Emirates' new direct flight will not only boost trade ties with the UAE, but also with South America's main partners in the Far East, such as China, Hong Kong and Japan, and numerous points throughout Europe," said Robert Siegel, manager, commercial cargo, Europe and Americas. "This new linked service to two of the most economically vibrant cities in South America will present many new business opportunities and reinforces Emirates SkyCargo's commitment to the market and to the bustling UAE-South America trade route," added Siegel. "We also expect to stimulate trade, mainly in pharmaceuticals and automotive parts, between Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires -- and with Emirates being the only wide-body operator at both destinations, we are also bringing enhanced cargo solutions to the market." According to the Arab-Brazilian Trade Board, Brazilian exports to countries in the Middle East totalled $13.8 billion in 2011, representing a growth of 22 per cent over 2010. Exports to the UAE reached $2 billion, an increase of 19 per cent on the previous year. Brazilian imports from the Middle East also registered a significant increase, totalling $9.3 billion, which was a rise of 44 per cent on the previous year. Meanwhile, the Arab-Argentinean Trade Board said exports from Argentina to the Gulf totalled $877 million in 2011 (January to September), representing a growth of 13 per cent on the same period in 2010, while imports from the Gulf totalled $74 million during these months. Exports to the UAE rose to $280 million. Also, with the new Emirates SkyCargo service being the only non-stop service from Rio de Janeiro to the Middle East - and the fastest route to Asia - trade is also expected to be generated from other South American countries. Emirates SkyCargo can connect South American businesses to 19 points in the Far East and Australasia and a further 20 in Africa, where there is also huge potential, especially in Angola, a route which will provide considerable traffic in household goods and consumer products.

Trade figures Brazilian exports on the route, expected to include chemicals, pharmaceuticals, fresh fruits and fish, will be transported to the UAE and throughout Europe, to destinations such as France, Italy, Germany, Portugal and the UK, while Hong Kong and China will be the key trading partners in the Far East. In the other direction, oil and gas spare parts, electronics and their components, are expected to be the leading commodities imported into Rio de Janeiro, mainly from European countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Spain and the UK, and from China and Japan in the Far East. In the 2010-11 financial year, Emirates SkyCargo carried 1.8 million tonnes of cargo across its network, contributing 17.4 per cent - $2.4 billion - of the airline's total transport revenue. Based out of Dubai International Airport, its $327million 43,600 sq m Cargo Mega Terminal is designed to handle 1.2 million tonnes a year. Emirates' 168-strong fleet -- including eight freighters (three Boeing 747-400Fs, two 747-400ERFs and three 777Fs) - is one of the youngest in the skies.

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Date:Feb 1, 2012
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