SkyCargo caters for oil trade with US

Emirates SkyCargo has launched a direct non-stop service to Houston to cater for demand from the oil and gas sector.
Oil slick: Emirates adds a direct service to Houston.
Oil slick: Emirates adds a direct service to Houston.

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Emirates SkyCargo has launched a direct non-stop service to Houston to cater for demand from the oil and gas sector.

The traditional oil producing ties between Dubai and Houston will be served through Emirates' Boeing 777-200LR, capable of carrying up to ten tonnes from Dubai International Airport to Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Initially the service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, before increasing to five weekly flights from 28th January then daily from 4th February.

"Emirates SkyCargo is not a bashful newcomer to Houston. In fact, we have been serving the city for the past 12 years using interline partnerships to London and road feeder services to New York to connect to Emirates' aircraft," stated Peter Sedgley, senior vice president cargo commercial operations, Emirates.

"Our new service will remove the current challenges associated with busy hubs in the US and Europe by fast-tracking through Houston on Emirates' network to the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Asia Pacific. It will open up a direct conduit for shippers and traders in Houston and Dubai, offering faster, more efficient and cost-effective options," he added.

Commodities transported between the cities largely constitute of oil and gas industry related machinery, spares, and high-tech equipment, with textiles also being another key sector.

"Emirates SkyCargo's range of products and direct non-stop services will have a significant impact on air cargo in Houston. Besides Texas, shippers and freight forwarders across the critical US southern states like Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma will be able to take advantage of our network," said Roberto Penate, Emirates' cargo manager in Houston.

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