Malaria kits among life-saving medical equipment flown by Emirates from Seoul to Africa

posted on 8th August 2018 by Justin Burns
Malaria kits among life-saving medical equipment flown by Emirates from Seoul to Africa

Emirates SkyCargo has helped deliver life-saving medical equipment from Seoul to several countries in Africa including numerous shipments of malaria tester kits.

Since 2015, the carrier has transported over 800,000 units of malaria kits and other associated equipment from South Korea to countries including Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

The Dubai carrier says South Korea boasts a world-class health system in terms of access and quality and is a leading exporter of medical and healthcare equipment. In 2017 the total value of exports of medical equipment from the country was valued at close to $2.6 billion.

Emirates SkyCargo says speed is “of the essence” when transporting critical medical and testing equipment and Emirates SkyCargo offers one of the fastest transport times for cargo from Seoul to over 25 African destinations through Dubai.

Exporters from Seoul can also take advantage of the enhanced cargo capacity offered on the Dubai carrier’s all widebody fleet of Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 passenger aircraft.

Emirates SkyCargo has been facilitating exports from South Korea since 2005 and in the last two years has transported over 12,500 tonnes of cargo to and from the country. In addition to medical tester kits and pharmaceuticals such as vaccines, the major exports from South Korea have included electronic goods and auto components.

Unique shipments transported to and from Seoul have included a ship rudder weighing over 39 tonnes, the heaviest single piece of cargo transported by the Emirates SkyCargo team globally, and the landmark first satellite that was developed entirely in the UAE by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre transported from Dubai to Seoul for testing before being launched into space.

Emirates SkyCargo operates a fleet of 270 aircraft including 14 freighters- -13 Boeing 777Fs and one B747F.