Emirates SkyCargo – the freight management division of the Dubai-based carrier – has introduced bespoke charter operations using its Airbus A380-800 aircraft.
The company is deploying the superjumbo to transport urgently required cargo across its global network.
Emirates confirmed to Key Aero that a dedicated A380 ‘mini-freighter’ undertook its first mission transporting medical supplies between Seoul and Amsterdam via the firm’s Dubai home and hub. Through collaboration with the engineering and flight operations teams within Emirates, its SkyCargo division has been able to optimise the freight capacity of the A380 to safely transport approximately 50 tonnes of cargo per flight in the belly hold of the aircraft.
Emirates SkyCargo says it has introduced dedicated cargo operations on the A380 in response to a “surge in the demand for air cargo capacity” requiring the urgent transportation of critical goods such as COVID-19 medical supplies in regions experiencing a second wave of the virus.
The company said it is currently working to “further optimise the capacity of its Airbus A380 aircraft” through measures such as seat loading of cargo and has planned more dedicated cargo flights on aircraft for November.
The air cargo carrier has also set up a rapid response team to coordinate requests for the movement of the much-anticipated coronavirus vaccine. It is expected that hundreds of aircraft from around the world will be required to assist in its distribution upon certification by the respective medical regulators.