Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has boosted its capacity to Chicago with the start of daily non-stop flights.
The Dubai-Chicago non-stop service, launched last week and operated by a Boeing 777-200LR, offers nearly 120 tonnes of belly-hold cargo capacity a week each way, which will further stimulate a growing demand for Emirates SkyCargo services to and from Chicago, particularly from the Middle East, India, Asia, the Far East and Australia.
The new daily belly-hold capacity supplements the current twice weekly freighter service to Chicago from Dubai, which was launched in March 2013. The first of the weekly freighter flights, which departs Dubai on a Thursday, connects with Chicago via Copenhagen and Amsterdam, while the second weekly flight on a Sunday has a stop in Copenhagen.
“As a city with one of the highest GDPs in the US, and it being home to some of the world’s largest and best known companies, makes Chicago and its greater area, an important commercial and economic hub. Before we started freighter services to the city, it was already a growing feeder market for our cargo services from New York,” said Duncan Watson, Emirates vice president, Cargo Commercial Southern Africa and Americas.