Emirates and the Austrian Airlines Group have started a co-operation on the recently inaugurated A310-300 freighter service between Dubai and Vienna. Emirates SkyCargo started this once a week service earlier this year on April 8th with a strategic focus on the emerging markets in Central and Eastern Europe. Based on a blocked space arrangement Austrian Cargo will have guaranteed access to three Main Deck and one Lower Deck Position both to and from Dubai. The service operates on Saturdays and offers a total gross payload of 39 tons.
Ram Menen, Emirates Cargo Senior Vice President Cargo said: “We are pleased to announce our partnership with such a well-reputed carrier. The block space arrangement with Austrian Airlines benefits shippers with increased access to Dubai and on to markets across the Indian Subcontinent, Africa and the Far East on our route network. Likewise, it supports increased demand for cargo flows from Dubai to markets in Eastern Europe. An essential part of supporting trade, our partnerships represent improved access to global markets, greater flexibility in shipping schedules, and the benefit of shared resources. In every respect, partnerships like the one we now share with Austrian are a win-win relationship.”
Franz Zoechbauer, Executive Vice President Austrian Cargo, issued the following statement on the new cooperation between the companies: “The A310 freighter perfectly complements our services to Dubai on passenger aircraft and the cooperation with a company as respected in the industry as Emirates SkyCargo is an essential step in the expansion of our interests in the Middle East, Africa and the South Asian Continent. It will also strengthen the position of Vienna as the most important hub location for traffic flowing into and out of Central and Eastern Europe.”
The route network of Austrian Cargo includes more than 150 destinations across all five continents. Austrian Cargo currently serves 45 destinations in 23 countries in Eastern Europe and is the leading carrier from and to this area.
Emirates’ 93-strong fleet, which includes 83 wide-bodied passenger jets is one of the youngest in the skies. Emirates SkyCargo’s fleet includes nine freighters (three A310-300Fs, five Boeing 747-400Fs and one 747-200F) and now serves 84 destinations in 57 countries in Europe, North America, Middle East, Africa, the Indian subcontinent and the Far East.