Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, said it handled over 2.5 million tonnes of cargo during 2017 from hubs at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central.
In a statement on Wednesday, Emirates SkyCargo said the performance came “against the backdrop of a resurgent global air cargo market.”
During 2017, the cargo unit launched new air transport solutions specific to certain industries, including Emirates Pharma, Emirates Wheels, and Emirates Fresh. Emirates said that it will focus on further customer needs in 2018 in other sectors including e-commerce.
Emirates Pharma, which transports temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals, saw the volumes of pharmaceutical cargo travelling through Emirates rise by 38 per cent since the unit was launched.
Meanwhile, Emirates Fresh transported over 285,000 tonnes of perishables across its network in 2017, and Emirates Wheels transported nearly 150 cars a month. In addition to working with individual customers, Emirates Wheels has worked with major car manufacturers to transport premium cars.
In 2017, Emirates SkyCargo also entered into an operational partnership with Cargolux as the two carriers started working together on areas that include block space, aircraft charter, and hub connectivity. In October, Emirates SkyCargo and Cargolux announced a code-share deal for cargo.