Emirates SkyCargo has now been operating Boeing 777 Freighter services to Oslo for two years and in that time says it has moved close to 35,000 tonnes of Norwegian salmon from Oslo to export markets in the Middle East and East Asia.
The carrier runs a weekly freighter service to the Norwegian capital offering close to 100 tonnes of cargo capacity per flight. It also transports cargo on its daily passenger services to and from Oslo.
Norway is one of the world’s largest exporters of seafood and exports of Norwegian salmon were valued at around $4 billion for the first six months of 2018, according to data published by the Norwegian Seafood Council.
Through Emirates Fresh, the carrier’s portfolio of transportation solutions for perishables, seafood exports arriving on the freighter from Oslo are rapidly transported through an unbroken cool chain at Emirates SkyCargo’s Dubai hub onto further flights on passenger and freighter aircraft.
In addition to salmon, Emirates SkyCargo’s freighter service also helps transport considerable volumes of other cargo. Over more than 100 scheduled freighter flights since October 2016, large items including aircraft engines, ship propellers weighing more than 10 tonnes apiece and other outsized spare parts for the marine industry have been carried.
In December 2017, Emirates SkyCargo’s freighter aircraft also carried thoroughbred horses from Oslo to Dubai for the Dubai racing season. The Oslo freighter service frequently carries pharmaceuticals and other general cargo.
The carrier offers main deck cargo capacity on a fleet of 14 freighter aircraft – 13 Boeing 777Fs and one Boeing 747F and massive passenger fleet. In the financial year 2017-18, it carried over 2.6 million tonnes of cargo.