“Since the Boeing 777F’s introduction to our fleet in March 2009, we have been impressed by its range, as well as efficiency, and this milestone flight is testament to that,” said Ram Menen, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Cargo. “The Boeing 777F boasts the longest range capability of all twin engine jets, is quieter and uses less fuel per tonne than other freighters, which are all increasingly important as the industry demands more environmentally sound practices globally.
“This freighter is part of our long-term investment for Emirates SkyCargo, we are excited about its performance so far and the future possibilities it brings to our services,” added Menen.
Previously the longest flight undertaken by Emirates was a 16.8-hour passenger flight between Dubai and Houston International Airport.
The consignment of highly valuable horses on EK4931, potentially worth more than the aircraft itself, all arrived at Stewart International Airport safely.
Emirates is the largest operator of the Boeing 777 aircraft in the world. The airline currently has 86 Boeing 777s in its fleet, including two Boeing 777 freighters.
About Emirates SkyCargo
Emirates' 152-strong fleet is one of the youngest in the skies. Emirates SkyCargo’s fleet includes seven freighters (three Boeing 747-400Fs, two 747-400ERFs and two 777Fs) and now serves 109 destinations in 65 countries on six continents.
In the 2009-10 financial year, Emirates SkyCargo carried 1.6 million tonnes of cargo, an improvement of 12.2 per cent over the year’s previous 1.4 million tonnes. Cargo revenue, at AED 6.3 billion (US$ 1.7 billion), including mail and courier, contributed 17.2 percent of the airline’s total transport revenue.
In 2010, the carrier has already won a clutch of awards: ‘Cargo Airline of the Year’, ‘Best Cargo Airline to the Middle East’ and ‘Best All Cargo Airline’ at the prestigious Cargo Airline of the Year Awards 2009 from Air Cargo News. It was bestowed the Gold Award at the Annual Air Cargo Excellence Awards at the IATA World Cargo Symposium.
About Emirates SkyCargo’s Animal Care Solution
All animals, including domestic pets transported are constantly supervised for their safety, comfort and security, right from acceptance to delivery, in an environment designed to ensure their welfare.
While animal welfare is the first priority, Emirates SkyCargo also ensures that the often complex requirements of regulatory authorities are met to avoid unnecessary delays at any point and guides the shipper about documentation, container requirements and other IATA Regulations.
The same detailed attention and IATA credentials that apply for the transportation of live animals equally extend to the transportation of horses. Emirates SkyCargo provides specialised horse stalls, simplified loading and offloading operations using a unit-load device, and independently controlled air-conditioned zones to ensure horses are accommodated in maximum comfort and security.
A team of expert veterinarians and equine specialists are on hand throughout the flight and grooms are also permitted to accompany horses.
With a fleet of state-of-the-art freighter aircraft and the dedication of our expert personnel, the wellbeing of both domestic and wild animals is assured.