Emirates SkyCargo is to start Boeing 777 Freighter services to Bogota in Colombia from 16 January as part of a partnership with Avianca – its sixth cargo route into the continent.
The new trade lane to South America will be served by a once a week. The aircraft has an overall cargo capacity of over 100 tonnes and has wide main deck doors allowing for the transportation of large and outsized cargo.
Bogota will become Emirates SkyCargo’s sixth cargo destination in South America and its third dedicated cargo destination in the continent.
The Dubai-based carroer will be working jointly with Avianca for the freighter service out of Bogota. The Latin American carrier will commercialise the capacity of the 777 on its return leg from Bogota to Maastricht to move cargo booked by its customers.
Emirates SkyCargo and Avianca are working on developing a deeper partnership where Emirates will assist Avianca for transporting cargo from Latin America across its network in the Middle East, Africa and Asia region while Avianca will help Emirates SkyCargo strengthen its reach in the South American market.
Emirates senior vice President for cargo planning and freighters, Hiran Perera said: “We welcome Bogota to our global network of over 40 scheduled weekly freighter destinations. South America is one of our main focus regions and we believe that there is a lot of potential for further growth in demand for air cargo capacity in this region.
“We are also delighted to be working with Avianca for this freighter service and we look forward to strengthening our partnership to facilitate more trade between customers in South America and the rest of the world.”
In South America, Emirates SkyCargo currently transports cargo on its passenger and freighter services to and from Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Viracopos and Quito. With the addition of Bogota, the air cargo carrier will be able to offer a weekly cargo capacity of close to 500 tonnes to South American customers.