January 4 - Emirates SkyCargo has flown heavy and oversize equipment and machinery for a new bridge over the Nile River from Japan to Uganda.

The 84-tonne consignment, which comprised a winch, a down-the-hole hammer and steel parts for the bridge, was flown from Tokyo's Narita Airport to Entebbe via Emirates SkyCargo's hub in Dubai, UAE.

To carry the cargo, Emirates SkyCargo used one of its Boeing 777 freighter aircraft, which is capable of carrying over 100 tonnes of cargo per flight. The Dubai based airline currently operates 13 Boeing 777 freighters.

The construction of the bridge is being supported by both the Ugandan and Japanese government. The completion of the project is expected to improve transport flows on the northern corridor route, which links Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and eastern Democratic Republic of the Cargo to Kenya.

"This was a very high profile charter for what clearly is a very important project in Uganda," said Emirates vice president, cargo commercial, Far East and Australasia, Ravishankar Mirle. "We were delighted to be entrusted by the construction company to move this load, and prove that Emirates SkyCargo has the capability and capacity to move large and outsized cargo, requiring careful planning."