October 11 - Cargolux Airlines and Emirates SkyCargo have signed an agreement to enter into a codeshare partnership for air cargo transportation.

The agreement, signed in Dubai by Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, cargo and Richard Forson, Cargolux president and ceo, is a progression of the operational partnership signed by the two carriers earlier this year, as HLPFI reported here.

Under the codeshare partnership, the carriers will be able to procure cargo capacity on each other's flights and offer it to customers under their own airway bills and flight numbers, explained Emirates.

The codeshare agreement will be applicable for cargo capacity on both passenger as well as freighter flights.

"This codeshare partnership is a natural progression in our cooperation and demonstrates the complementarity of both airlines," explained Forsen. "Our customers greatly benefit from this partnership as we can offer high-quality products and services to more destinations than ever before."

Sultan added that the partnership will enable the carriers to offer "a more seamless and broader range of product and service offerings."

Since the signing of the strategic operational partnership in May, Emirates SkyCargo has commenced weekly freighter services to Luxembourg, and Cargolux has transferred the handling for its freighter flights at Dubai World Central (DWC) to Emirates.

Since July, 2017 Emirates SkyCargo has also chartered Boeing 747 freighter aircraft from Cargolux's fleet.