Empost launches freighter operations

AL AIN — Empost, the UAE's leading national courier company, yesterday made history with the launch of its scheduled freighter operations. The maiden Empost scheduled freighter flight, an Airbus 300 with a capacity of 44 tonnes, touched down safely at the Al Ain International Airport yesterday morning, making Empost the first local courier company in the region to do so.

By Lana Mahdi

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Published: Mon 7 May 2007, 8:38 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 10:56 PM

Addressing a gathering of VIPs and media officials at the Al Ain international Airport, Abdulla Al Daboos, Director-General of Emirates Post and Chairman of Empost, described the launch of Empost scheduled freighter operations as a moment of pride for the UAE and the Emirates Post Group. The event marks the dawn of a new chapter in Empost's transformation from a local courier company to an international freighter operator, thus making it a total logistics solutions provider.

"Empost is the first scheduled freighter operator to choose Al Ain International Airport as its regional hub. The Airport, fully equipped to handle large volumes of cargo, is strategically located, with Abu Dhabi and Dubai reachable in an hour's time. This move by Empost will also place the beautiful city of Al Ain on the global map," Al Daboos said. "The launch of Empost scheduled freighter operations is historic and our expansion plans have been progressing over the past four years as per the vision of the management. Our entry into the Freighter Operations, Trucking and Logistics will add a new dimension to the organisation," Al Daboos added.

"It is indeed a proud moment for all of us to witness yet another local enterprise reach an important landmark in its journey. This achievement of Empost goes on to prove that the UAE is among other leading nations within the various functions of the transportation sector. While Emirates and Etihad have been a success story, I am sure Empost will soon follow suit."

Empost scheduled freighter operations debut flight has been part of a long-term plan including a fleet expansion of 50 aircraft by the year 2012. The scheduled freighter operations will be implemented in four phases that will network with major cities in the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Europe by the end of 2008.

During the first phase of operations, Empost freighter will operate six flights a week from Dhaka to Al Ain and onward via Istanbul to Amsterdam. While Al Ain will be the main hub for Empost freighter operations, the European sector will be connected through its regional hub in Amsterdam. Empost also has finalised a European trucking network to offer its valued Customers transhipments throughout Europe.

Empost's CEO, Sultan Al Midfa, said: "We are very proud to introduce our own scheduled Freighter Operations that will not only add a new dimension to the recently introduced freight forwarding solutions of Empost, but will also help the ever growing demand for capacity within the Indian sub continent."

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