KARACHI: Emirates SkyCargo has scaled up its operations in Pakistan, showing unwavering commitment to ensure transportation of essential commodities such as food and medical supplies to and from the country, despite the capacity and operational challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this operation, the Emirates SkyCargo has also managed to set two key industry records.

According to the details, the air cargo operator is currently flying four weekly services to Lahore and three to Karachi using the airline’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which normally have the capacity to carry between 40 and 50 tonnes of belly-hold cargo without passengers. Emirates SkyCargo’s two flights from Karachi to Dubai, one on 10 April with a load of 63 tonnes in the lower deck, and another on 15 April with a load of 62.7 tonnes in the lower deck, were considered industry records at the time.

Emirates SkyCargo is transporting meat, fish, vegetables, fabric, courier cargo and sanitizers from Pakistan to the markets in London, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Bahrain and Muscat on its network. The air cargo operator is flying in essential medical supplies such as pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, face masks, and lab test kits, as well as electronics and courier.

Emirates SkyCargo has also started to safely carry commodities in the overhead bins and seats of the cabin by following all safety guidelines.

Faisal Yaqoob, Emirates’ Cargo Manager in Pakistan, said: “Although these are challenging times, Emirates SkyCargo is fully committed to supporting Pakistan.

“In April, we carried around 935 tonnes of exports from Pakistan and around 705 tonnes of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to the country from around the world. Our two key products -– Emirates Pharma and Emirates Fresh -– help ensure end-to-end cool chain integrity for temperature-sensitive commodities as we draw on our expertise as a global leader for the transportation of pharmaceuticals and perishables. Despite not operating passenger services, which has severely impacted our cargo capacity, we believe it’s important to maintain the supply chain of essential commodities in Pakistan. We consider this our responsibility.”