Emirates SkyCargo supports Philippine global export growth
Emirates SkyCargo continues to witness increased demand for freight capacity from the Philippines, having exported 500,000 kg of tuna to Europe and the Middle East last year.
The freight division of Emirates transported the fish from Manila to various cities including Geneva, Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, Milan, Rome, Zurich, Oslo and Dubai. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), tuna exports recorded an annual growth of 24.7 percent in 2014.
The Philippines’ tuna industry has grown exponentially over the past two decades, with General Santos City, the country’s southernmost city, hailed as the tuna capital of the world in 2014; and Mindoro, an island located off the coast of Luzon, fast gaining popularity as a major tuna supplier in the country.
Because of this growth, demand for Philippine tuna has increased, and carriers like Emirates SkyCargo, with its global network and capability, are able to support this demand.
Rusela Rubin, Cargo Manager at Emirates SkyCargo Philippines, said: “Perishable products, especially fresh tuna, require efficient air transport links to reach international markets on time. We have witnessed an increase in demand and we foresee that it will grow further this year.”
According to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), the Philippines outperformed other Asian countries and emerged as the top exporter in 2014, ahead of China, Vietnam, and South Korea.
Apart from tuna, Emirates SkyCargo listed nearly 150,000 tonnes of cargo exports from Manila to various destinations. This number is expected to increase further in 2015.
Keeping tabs on exports, imports
In 2014, Emirates SkyCargo carried the most Philippine exports to Europe and the Middle East. But the largest growth export market from the Philippines was to Washington, which clocked in a 490.12 percent increase compared to 2013.
Other cargo for export from the Philippines includes Ralph Lauren garments to Milan, lenses from the Essilor plant in Bataan to Paris, solar panels to Amsterdam, watches from Timex Cebu, electronics, time critical automotive parts, as well as components and integrated circuits from companies such as Nec Tokin, Yazaki Torres, Toshiba Philippines and Vishay Philippines.
In terms of imports, Emirates SkyCargo carried approximately 7.3 million kilograms, averaging 18,000 kg per flight.
According to Rubin, top on the list of imports are personal effects from overseas Filipino workers based in the Middle East. These are usually packages for loved ones filled with items such as electronics and clothing.
Emirates SkyCargo also transports popular items such as designer bags, Zara garments from Zaragoza in Spain, and pharmaceutical products from Germany.
Emirates’ services to and from the Philippines
Emirates began operating three daily flights in January 2013, allowing Emirates SkyCargo to function to its fullest. Rubin said: “It was like operating a mini-freighter because this meant we could carry as much as 54,000 kg a day.”
But since the third flight ceased, Emirates SkyCargo has had to decline taking some additional shipments. “We are now struggling with space constraints. Clients have been enquiring about the return of the third frequency because some of them have been using this flight due to its convenient connection to flights in the U.S. and many of Emirates’ 40 European and 26 African destinations. This flight has been extremely valuable to the Philippines.” Rubin concluded.
DHL Express Invests in Electric Cargo Plane Fleet
DHL Express has ordered 12 fully electric cargo planes to supercharge efforts in reducing carbon emissions across its US delivery network.
The Alice eCargo planes are manufactured by Seattle startup Eviation, and are designed specifically to be configured for either cargo or passengers. The first planes are expected to be delivered to DHL Express in 2024.
“We have found the perfect partner with Eviation as they share our purpose, and together we will take off into a new era of sustainable aviation,” said John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express.
The purchase forms part of DHL’s €7bn investment in reducing CO2 emissions by 2030, with a zero emissions target set for 2050.
“We firmly believe in a future with zero-emission logistics,” Pearson added. “On our way to clean logistics operations, the electrification of every transport mode plays a crucial role and will significantly contribute to our overall sustainability goal of zero emissions.”
What is Eviation's Alice Aircraft?
- Manufacturer: Eviation
- Capacity: 1,200kg
- Range: 815km
- Charge time: 30 minutes
- Launching: 2024
Eviation’s Alice aircraft enable cargo and passenger airlines to operate zero-emission fleets. The plane can be flown by one pilot and is capable of carrying 1,200kg, with a maximum range of 815km.
The aircraft can be fully charged in 30 minutes, which can take place while the vehicle is loaded and unloaded between flights. Eviation says that, because the aircraft has fewer moving parts - or points of failure - than traditional aircraft, they are more reliable and reduce maintenance overheads and downtime.
“With Alice’s range and capacity, this is a fantastic sustainable solution for our global network,” said Travis Cobb, EVP Global Network Operations and Aviation for DHL Express. “Our aspiration is to make a substantial contribution in reducing our carbon footprint, and these advancements in fleet and technology will go a long way in achieving further carbon reductions.”
How Does Alice Compare with UPS’ eVTOLs?
DHL Express is not alone in electrifying the skies. In April, UPS announced a new fleet of eVTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft, from Beta Technologies, which will enter service in 2024.
UPS’ vehicles can carry 635kg with a 400km range and cruising speeds of up to 170mph. The eVTOLs can carry cargo to several short-hops or one long route on a single charge, and are aimed at healthcare organisation, SMEs and businesses in small or remote communities.
“These new aircraft will create operational efficiencies in our business, open possibilities for new services, and serve as a foundation for future solutions to reduce the emissions profile of our air and ground operation,” said Juan Perez, UPS Chief Information and Engineering Officer.
The first 10 eVTOLs will be delivered in 2024, with the option for UPS to order up to 150 more.