Emirates SkyCargo to boost Kenya, American trade tie

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, is set to launch service to the seventh US gateway, Washington DC, linking Kenyan businesses across America.

The airline already serves seven destinations in the United States: New York, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, and Seattle.

The total trade between the two countries reached US$845.9 million in 2011; a 25% increase over the year 2010, according the United States Department of Commerce. The trade surplus between the two countries also reached US$82.9 million in 2011 in favour of the United States.

US exported goods worth US$464.4 million to Kenya in 2011, a 27% increase over the 2010 export volumes but imported from Kenya goods worth US$381.5 million in 2011, a 22.6% increase over the year 2010.  US main export commodities to Kenya include aircraft, machinery, milling, malt, starch, electrical machinery, and special other (low value shipments and repaired products). Kenya’s export to the US mainly constituted knit apparel, woven apparel, spices, coffee, tea, fruit, and edible nuts.


The launch of Washington DC scheduled for September 2012 follows the launch of flights from Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle earlier this year and becomes the third US destination to join the Emirates SkyCargo network in 2012, injecting further impetus to the burgeoning trade lanes it operates between the US, its United Arab Emirates hub and Nairobi.

“Emirates SkyCargo, offering the fastest trade link between Washington and Nairobi through our Dubai hub, will be providing a boost to the Kenyan economy by stimulating trade between Kenya and the United States,” said Khalid Al Hinai, Emirates’ Cargo Manager for East Africa as he announced the new route.

“Additionally, our Dubai hub is strategically located within eight hours of two-thirds of the world’s population and can connect Kenya businesses to both established trading points in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Far East, as well as emerging markets in the Indian subcontinent, and the wider Asia,” he added.

With businesses in states neighbouring all seven points connected by an extensive trucking network, companies in Maryland and Virginia can also expect to receive an economic boost from the service from Washington Dulles International Airport which commences on 12th September and is operated by a Boeing 777-300 ER.

“With direct daily flights and a range of innovative products and services, as well as a 173-strong fleet of modern wide-body aircraft, Emirates SkyCargo looks forward to providing businesses in Kenya and America with tailor made solutions to their cargo requirements,” Al Hinai Added.

EK 231 will leave Dubai daily at 2:20 am and arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) at 8:50 am. EK 232 will depart Dulles at 10:55 am arriving in Dubai at 8:00 am the following day.

Washington, DC will be Emirates’ 12th new route to launch in 2012. So far this year, the airline has started services to Dublin, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Dallas/Fort Worth, Seattle, Lusaka and Harare, Liege (cargo-only) and Ho Chi Minh City. Flights to Barcelona and Lisbon will start on July 3rd and July 9th respectively. 

In 2011, the carrier launched seven new routes, including Basra, Erbil (freighter only), Geneva, Copenhagen, St Petersburg, Lome (freighter-only) and Baghdad. Since January 2012, Emirates has introduced services to eight new destinations: Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Dallas, Lusaka, Harare, Liege (freighter-only) and Seattle. Routes to be launched include Ho Chi Minh City (4th June), Barcelona (3rd July), Lisbon (9th July) and Washington DC (12th September).

Emirates SkyCargo currently serves a global route network that spans 123 points in 73 countries, including 12 cargo-only destinations, while more than 50 of the locations Emirates SkyCargo serves are e-freight compliant.


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