Emirates SkyCargo’s new service to Birmingham, scheduled to start on December 18, will provide daily fast track services to and from the heartland of the UK’s business and industry.
Cargo customers in the UAE, the Middle East, Africa the Subcontinent, the Pacific Rim and Australia will benefit from fast connecting times at Dubai in both directions.
Flights from points east will connect with the scheduled departure time from Dubai to Birmingham of 0750; while flights from Birmingham, scheduled to arrive Dubai at 0005, will connect with departures heading east.
With aircraft-to-aircraft transfers in Dubai achieved in as little as 45 minutes when required, cargo customers will be able to maximise these advantages for the timely distribution of cargo to Emirates destinations beyond Dubai.
Birmingham is also expected to be an important trans-shipment point for cargo between North America and the Middle East.
The direct, non-stop flights will be operated with an Airbus A330-200 providing up to approximately 17 tonnes of cargo capacity.
Peter Sedgley, Emirates SkyCargo’s General Manager Cargo Commercial Operations, said: “This direct link between the UK’s industrial heartland and Dubai, the leading commercial centre of the Middle East region, will meet the freight transportation requirements of businesses in both points.”
Emirates, which currently holds the Cargo Airline of the Year 2000 title from Air Cargo News, already operates three flights daily between Dubai and London Heathrow and daily flights between Dubai and London Gatwick and Manchester with Boeing 777-200/300 and Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
The new Birmingham service will bring the total daily flights to the UK to six and the daily uplift into and out of the UK to just over 100 tonnes in each direction..
Flight EK039 will depart Dubai at 0750 and arrive Birmingham at 1145. The return flight EK040 will depart Birmingham at 1315 and arrive Dubai 0015 the following day. All times local.
Birmingham, located conveniently in between London Heathrow and Manchester, is already being served by Emirates SkyCargo with a trucking service to the airline’s Manchester and London gateways.