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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL-MAY 2016 • Page 25 uberchat... SkyCargo holds its own in a challenging market THe eMIRATeS group has report- ed emirates SkyCargo continued to play an integral role in the compa- ny’s expanding operations, contrib- uting 14 per cent of the airline’s total transport revenue during the 2015-16 financial year. emirates’ cargo division report- ed a revenue of AeD11.1 billion, a decline of nine per cent over last year, while tonnage increased by six per cent to reach 2.5 mil- lion tonnes in an airfreight market that remained challenging, with fast-changing demand patterns. This year, freight yield per Freight Tonne Kilometre (FTKM) fell sharply by 16 per cent, and was also impacted by the weakening of major currencies. In addition to using belly-hold ca- pacity on routes to emirates’ new passenger destinations, the carrier increased freighter operations to Mexico City, and launched new freighter services to Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Ahmedabad (India), Columbus (USA), Algiers (Algeria), and Ciudad Del este (Paraguay). During 2015-16, emirates Sky- Cargo officially inaugurated its purpose-built cargo terminal for freighter operations at Al Mak- toum International airport (DWC), and received delivery of a B777F, rounding off its total freighter fleet to 15 aircraft: 13 B777Fs, and two B747-400Fs. Revenue from dnata’s UAe Air- port Operations, including aircraft and cargo handling, increased by 13 per cent to reach AeD2.9 billion. The strong revenue rise accounts for the effect of the 80-day runway closure at Dubai International airport (DXB) that dampened revenue growth in the previous year. In line with revenue growth, the number of aircraft handled by dnata in the UAe increased 12 per cent to 211,000, whereas Cargo handling dropped by six per cent to 689,000 tonnes reflecting the cargo industry’s ongoing malaise. Dubai World Central now ac- counts for 24 per cent of dnata’s cargo handling activities in Dubai. Dnata’s International Airport Operations division grew revenue by 32 per cent to AeD2.1 billion, on account of increasing busi- ness volumes and newly-acquired businesses in the Netherlands and Brazil. The number of aircraft han- dled increased significantly by 63 per cent to 178,000, and Cargo noted a substantial growth of 46 per cent to 1.4 million tonnes of handled goods. These results reflect the benefits reaped from the previous years’ investments in new international cargo handling facilities, particularly in the UK. Pun-ishment from Ag department AgRICULTURe minister Barnaby Joyce is a pretty good communicator. A lot of what he has to say relates to exports and hence to transport, often air freight. We’re unsure whether it’s the minister himself or one of his staff who has taken to issuing press releases with rather groan-inducing headlines such as: Independent review to ensure ‘MLA is meating expectations’, ‘A$4.8 million for high steaks re- search’ and ‘A$6.2 million whack for weeds’. Freighter full of cash for Auckland HIgH security for a multiple freighter move in NZ recently. Atlas Air operated a one-off B744F flight into Auckland in its own right, additional to the weekly service it provides on behalf of Qantas. The movement was from Ottawa and while se- crecy/security was high, it quickly became known that it was stuffed full of NZ’s second tranche of new banknotes. The NZ$20, NZ$50 and NZ$100 join the new designs of NZ$5 and NZ$10 notes issued earlier. All are made of Australian polymer and printed in Canada. Some of the airborne treasure was transferred to the Auckland-based Tasman Cargo Airlines B757F and a Parcel Air B734F for delivery to the Reserve Bank in Wellington. The 757 was a very rare sight in the capital, normally operating trans-Tasman (mostly) and NZ/New Cal- edonia services. An An error of note A LONg-time sore point with us and, we hear, many others in the industry is the propensity of online daily news services to illustrate aviation stories with completely inappropriate aircraft pics. It happens with print newspapers too, but those putting together on line news pages – often not familiar with the content they’re working with – tend to make the most glaring bloopers. examples are B747s or A380s used for colour with stories on small regional airports. NZ on line aviation stories involving Air NZ often run B737 or B744 aircraft shots, both of which types exited the fleet a good while back. But we did enjoy the (non-Australasian) site that recently illustrated a story about the An-225 Mriya visit to Perth with an An-26 pic. One would swallow the other, minus wings.