At the opening day of Munich-held trade show Air Cargo Europe both freight carrier's announced the signing of an MoU for a strategic operational partnership in the air cargo industry.
Under the terms of the agreement Dubai-based EK SkyCargo gains access in a block space agreement on CV's B747 freighters from Luxembourg to Dubai. Also, Cargolux will be able to book into EK's
belly hold capacity. The agreement allows Emirates Sky Cargo continued access to Boeing 747F main deck capacity for heavy and outsized shipments, which will complement capacity on their Triple
Seven freighter aircraft.
EK Sky Cargo will start it's own freighter ops from DXB to LUX as of June this year
No financial commitment in any form
It was also announced that Cargolux will increase its present three-weekly flights to Dubai to facilitate connectivity between the carrier's two gateways.
Cargolux freighters will be handled by Emirates Sky Cargo in Dubai. Conversely, EK freighters will be handled by Luxair Cargo in Luxembourg Findel.
Both airlines stressed that there is no financial investment foreseen in the agreement.
Francois Bausch, Luxembourg's Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure stated: "I am very happy to have been involved in constructing this agreement and I am also glad that Luxembourg gets a new carrier with the start of EK flight operations."
EK SkyCargo's Divisional Senior VP Nabil Sultan and Richard Forson, President and CEO of Cargolux, both see a high standard of new potential for their airlines with this new deal.
It seems that this new alliance, which was rumoured few months ago, has now come about and could develop into "the perfect fit" for both.
John Mc Donagh