September 7 - Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates Airline, is set to operate its first dedicated freighter service to Australia.

Effective September 12, the service, operated by Emirates' newest Boeing 777 freighter, will fly Dubai - Singapore - Sydney - Hong Kong - Dubai weekly, departing from Dubai every Sunday at 20:35 and touching down at Sydney International Airport at 18:30 every Monday.

The Boeing 777 freighter has the capability to carry up to 103 tonnes of cargo and will boost Emirates SkyCargo's import capacity to 1370 tonnes per week. Of note to HLPFI readers will be its feature of a wide main deck cargo door for easier uplift of oversized shipments.

"2011 is proving to be a year of growth milestones for Emirates SkyCargo in New South Wales with the introduction of a dedicated weekly freighter service to Sydney, and the re-commencement of the airline's third-daily Sydney flight in October," said Greg Johnson, Emirates' cargo manager Australia.

"With these new services onboard, our customers will have more choice than ever before and it also offers the opportunity for us to expand into more areas of air cargo transport," added Mr Johnson.