Brussels is one of the 20-plus global destinations in the air cargo carrier’s Pharma Corridors initiative, carrying more than 6,000 tonnes from the Belgian gateway since its launch.
As well as a thrice-weekly B777 freighter service, "customers in and around Brussels can access up to 20 tonnes of bellyhold cargo capacity on Emirates' twice daily B777-300ER passenger flights," said Bob Vandamme, Emirates SkyCargo manager Belgium.
Facilitating the export of 60,000 tonnes from the country in the past five years, Emirates SkyCargo has also operated nearly 80 charters from Liege carrying 3,500 horses and 800 grooms, with the largest in 2018 when 19 flights transported over 500 horses to and from the FEI World Equestrian Game in Tryon, North Carolina.
From Oslo, nearly 62,000 tonnes of Norwegian salmon have been delivered to customers across the Middle East and Asia since 2014 – helped by the introduction of a weekly B777 freighter service in October 2016.
"Since the start of our services, Emirates SkyCargo has played an important role in the export of Norwegian salmon on our passenger and freighter aircraft,” commented Cargo Manager Norway Mona Kongsvik.
“However, over the years, our freighter aircraft have also helped transport other outsized items including aircraft engines, large ship propellers weighing more than 10 tonnes apiece, horses and relief cargo for humanitarian missions,” she added.
Last year, the carrier moved over 400,000 tonnes of perishables and close to 75,000 tonnes of pharmaceuticals worldwide