DUBAI — Emirates SkyCargo is expanding its freighter fleet with the addition of two Boeing 747-400Fs, as the Dubai-based carrier embarks on a mission to double its current capacity within the next decade. 

The two Boeings, on long-term wet-lease basis, join the company's existing fleet of 11 777 freighters and are presently being deployed to Chicago and Hong Kong.

Over the coming years, Emirates SkyCargo anticipates 15 more freighters to be added to its fleet through announced orders and its freighter conversion program. Furthermore, the carrier expects increased belly-hold capacity from new passenger aircraft deliveries, beginning with Airbus A350s in late summer 2024 and Boeing 777-Xs in the following year.

Nabil Sultan, Divisional Senior Vice-President at Emirates SkyCargo, stated that the leased 747-Fs will provide immediate capacity while the company awaits the delivery of five new 777Fs in 2024 and 2025, and 10 777-300ERs from its conversion program over the next five years. He emphasized that even the additional aircraft might not be sufficient, but the company will have the MRO setup to quickly and efficiently scale up its freighter conversion program if needed.

In addition to doubling capacity, Emirates SkyCargo plans to add 20 new destinations to its freighter network. The carrier's fleet will consist of over 300 wide-body aircraft, including 777s, 777-Fs, 747-Fs, A350s, and A380s. Despite current market volatility, the company remains confident in its growth plans, citing medium to long-term projections for global air cargo, Dubai's strategy to double its foreign trade, and economic activity in the Gulf, West Asia, and Africa as key drivers for expansion.

Emirates SkyCargo recently launched a new ad campaign highlighting the essential role of its logistics business in connecting people and products around the world. The campaign showcases how the carrier facilitates the transport of life-saving healthcare, fresh produce, flowers, pets, and valuables, making the world work better with Emirates SkyCargo.