Emirates oversees South American growth

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Emirates oversees South American growth

Group's SkyCargo freight division carried more than 25,000 tonnes on South American trade lanes over past year

Emirates oversees South American growth

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Emirates SkyCargo has revealed that it transported more than 25,000 tonnes of freight over the past year on the burgeoning trade lanes between South America and points across its global network.

Operating to more than 120 destinations, thre group has been connecting businesses to more and more international trade opportunities after launching new linked passenger flights from Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro to Dubai - the only non-stop service from Rio to the Middle East and fastest route to Asia - and increasing the frequency of its Sao Paulo freighter service.

According to Emirates, companies from Brazil and Argentina – as well as a significant number from Chile and Colombia through connecting interline flights – have benefited from the addition of a third weekly freighter service from Viracopos-Campinas International Airport, increasing the weekly capacity on the route by 33 per cent to 620 tonnes.

"Our expanded services in the region have not only boosted trade levels with the United Arab Emirates, but also with South America’s main Far East business partners, such as China, Hong Kong and Japan, and a multitude of European countries," said Ram Menen, Emirates' divisional senior vice-president cargo. "Brazil is already recognised as an economic power and we hope to help it become even stronger by contributing to the growth of its import and exports industry. Currently, Emirates SkyCargo can connect South American businesses to 32 points in Europe, 19 in the Far East and Australasia and a further 22 in Africa, where there is also huge potential for economic growth.

"With five years' experience of operating in South America we also have a strong understanding of the marketplace and the requirements of our customers, who benefit from our ever-expanding network and a reliable fleet, which becomes stronger almost every month as we take delivery of the 230-plus aircraft we have on order," he added.

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