For the first time in its history, Czech Airlines is to offer a regular, all cargo, long-haul flight. In cooperation with Emirates SkyCargo, it will offer the greater part of the capacity of a Boeing 747-200F full freighter flying both directions on the Prague - Dubai - Hong Kong route. At first, Prague will be connected to Hong Kong via Dubai once a week: the aircraft will land in Prague every Friday night, at 8:05 p.m., and head back on Saturdays at 6:00 a.m. The plane will land in Prague for the first time on Friday 9 November.
“For Czech Airlines, this is the first all cargo long-haul route. Interesting opportunities are opening up for us with this product; we will offer new destinations in Asia, and our income from cargo carriage will increase significantly,” said the Czech Airlines Vice-President for Sales, Petr Řehák.
Czech Airlines will be responsible for filling more than a half of the jumbo jet’s capacity. The remaining part will be the responsibility of Emirates Airlines, which will thereby be able to connect the rest of its network with Prague, via its Dubai hub. Czech Airlines will offer this cargo carriage option to its traditional business partners.
Hiran Perera, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Cargo - Freighters said: “We are delighted to code-share with Czech Airlines and offer our customers in the Czech Republic direct freighter connections to the two strategically important cities of Dubai and Hong Kong. Czech traders can be rest assured that their exports and imports will now quickly and conveniently connect with our vast network in East Asia, Australasia, the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa.”
Czech Airlines presently provides cargo carriage of goods and post, by using the extra capacity of the hold of its passenger aircraft, as well as trucks, and now newly, it will use a freighter. Czech Airlines’ new cooperation with Emirates SkyCargo will represent an annual volume of 6,000 tonnes for the Airline, increasing Czech Airlines’ overall cargo carriage by one-quarter.