AIR CARGO FOCUS: flydubai Cargo
flydubai’s Cargo division has completed five years of operations and continues to build on the growth, expansion and success of the Dubai-based airline.
A growing network
flydubai Cargo has built a network that, due to interline agreements with other airlines, extends globally, allowing the transportation of a variety of goods from Dubai across the GCC, Middle East, Europe, Africa, Russia, CIS, Central Asia and America. flydubai Cargo now offers its services to 300 destinations around the world. With flydubai operating flights to 62 destinations which did not previously have direct links to Dubai, the opportunity to transport goods directly has seen strong demand for services to get shipments to their destination faster and more efficiently. Having successfully completed the EU Aviation Security Validation in 2014, flydubai Cargo has received the ACC3 designation, which allows the carrier to provide uninterrupted cargo services into or through the EU.
“Since flydubai Cargo began operations in 2012 it has become an integral part of our business,” said Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer at flydubai. “We are pleased that we have been able to offer our customers consistent and efficient cargo solutions while continuing to provide flexible and innovative services.”
flydubai Cargo has continued to invest in a number of electronic cargo systems, which enables its customers, free of charge, to have access to a real-time online booking system, process their air waybills and track their consignments. The airline only uses electronic air waybills (e-AWB) and in Dubai a fully automated warehouse storage facility and retrieval system enhances operations and transit times. As a recent signatory of the IATA Multilateral e-AWB agreement, flydubai Cargo has been recognised by IATA as the highest ranked airline for its e-AWB penetration worldwide.
“Electronic air waybills are a crucial part of our operations and contribute significantly to how we operate,” said Mohamed Hassan, Vice President of flydubai Cargo. “It has helped keep our costs to a minimum, and increase the productivity and accuracy of our cargo solutions.”
Highlights of 2016
flydubai Cargo’s growth continued into 2016 as it began operations from Al Maktoum International (DWC), providing an additional option for cargo solutions to and from Dubai. Several Security escort agreements have been signed at airports across Central Asia, Europe and the Middle East for the handling of valuable cargo and additional XML (Extensible Markup Language) technology has been implemented to support advance customs reporting. To protect temperature sensitive cargo during the summer, thermal blanket protection has been introduced for on the ground transportation goods such as, fruits, vegetables and flowers.
flydubai Cargo continues to be recognised for its performance. It received the “Cargo Operator of the Year” award at the Supply Chain and Transport Awards (SCATA) in Dubai and was recognised at the Payload Asia Awards as the “Rising Star Carrier of the Year”.
“These awards highlight how far flydubai Cargo has come since 2012. We’re proud to have been recognised by our peers in the industry,” added Mohamed Hassan. “We look forward to continuing to provide effective cargo solutions across our freight network.”