Emirates SkyCargo will use the 240-tonne weekly belly-hold capacity to transport goods between Ho Chi Minh City and the Dubai hub and more than 120 other destinations from June 4, 2012 when Emirates launches its passenger services.
Ho Chi Minh City will become the 14th Emirates SkyCargo point in the Far East, strengthening its commitment to the region, with major exporters from Hong Kong, China, Japan and Korea operating on the Emirates SkyCargo trade lanes to points throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America, according to a press release from the airline.
Vietnam, touted as one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, will be able to further develop its import/export industry using the 17-tonne cargo hold of the A 330-200 operating on the route. From October 28 this year, the services will be enhanced when Emirates a B 777-300ER takes over, providing an additional 80 tonnes of weekly cargo capacity.
Commenting on the launch of the services, Ram Menen, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Cargo, pointed out that Vietnam was enjoying a period of growth and that Ho Chi Minh City was just one of 12 destinations added to the Emirates’ network in 2012. “Having used partner carriers to transport freight from Vietnam since 2005, we understand the market and needs of customers. Many more will now be able to take advantage of Dubai’s geographic location and benefit from our world-class services,” Menen said.