Emirates expands African freighter network
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has bolstered its operations on its African trade route network with the introduction of a weekly freighter service to Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.
Ouagadougou is the 27th African destination to join the Emirates SkyCargo network, further enhancing bilateral trade links already in place between the UAE and Africa.
Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President of Cargo, said: “The addition of a dedicated freighter service is a major milestone in Emirates SkyCargo’s growth in Africa, creating more opportunities for importers and exporters across local markets and onto our worldwide network.”
Emirates SkyCargo operates a Boeing 777 freighter aircraft on the Dubai-Ouagadougou-Dakar-Frankfurt-Dubai route, which is capable of carrying over 100 tons of cargo each direction. The Boeing 777F aircraft is one of the most modern, technologically advanced freighters available and has the lowest fuel burn of any comparable sized aircraft.
Via its advanced cargo handling and storage facilities at its hub in Dubai, Emirates SkyCargo anticipates transporting goods into Burkina Faso such as pharmaceuticals and electronics from cities as far as Mumbai and Guangzhou, and bringing local products and commodities such as mangoes and fresh beans from Burkina Faso to cities like Frankfurt and Dubai.
“We offer thousands of tonnes of capacity each week on our routes into Africa and the new scheduled freight service to Ouagadougou will take Emirates SkyCargo’s import capacity to Africa to 3,700 tonnes per week. Our services help facilitate international trade for businesses in the region, as well as global customers doing business in Africa and we remain committed to our African network.” added Nabil Sultan.
Emirates has been playing a role in the African economy since the launch of its first African point in Cairo in 1986; just a year after the airline was established. Emirates SkyCargo has become a valued partner for many local businesses across the continent, carrying goods from 26 African points to Emirates global network of more than 140 destinations across six continents via the Dubai hub.
EK 9708 departs Dubai every Tuesday at 0900hrs, arriving in Ouagadougou at 1340hrs. The service leaves Ouagadougou at 1510hrs, arriving in Dakar at 1755hrs. It leaves Dakar at 2230 arriving in Frankfurt at 0540hrs on Wednesday and reaches Dubai at 0405hrs the next morning.
Emirates SkyCargo, which operates from its hub in Dubai, provides cargo services to 127 passenger destinations around the world using cargo hold capacity in Emirates’ passenger fleet of 217 aircraft. It also operates a fleet of 14 freighters, 12 Boeing 777 Fs and two Boeing 747-400 ERFs, which operate to over 50 scheduled freighter services from its new cargo terminal at Dubai World Central’s Al Maktoum International Airport.
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SAS: Improving the British Army’s decision making with data
SAS’ long-standing relationship with the British Army is built on mutual respect and grounded by a reciprocal understanding of each others’ capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses. Roderick Crawford, VP and Country GM for SAS UKI, states that the company’s thorough grasp of the defence sector makes it an ideal partner for the Army as it undergoes its own digital transformation.
“Major General Jon Cole told us that he wanted to enable better, faster decision-making in order to improve operational efficiency,” he explains. Therefore, SAS’ task was to help the British Army realise the “significant potential” of data through the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to automate tasks and conduct complex analysis.
In 2020, the Army invested in the SAS ‘Viya platform’ as an overture to embarking on its new digital roadmap. The goal was to deliver a new way of working that enabled agility, flexibility, faster deployment, and reduced risk and cost: “SAS put a commercial framework in place to free the Army of limits in terms of their access to our tech capabilities.”
Doing so was important not just in terms of facilitating faster innovation but also, in Crawford’s words, to “connect the unconnected.” This means structuring data in a simultaneously secure and accessible manner for all skill levels, from analysts to data engineers and military commanders. The result is that analytics and decision-making that drives innovation and increases collaboration.
Crawford also highlights the importance of the SAS platform’s open nature, “General Cole was very clear that the Army wanted a way to work with other data and analytics tools such as Python. We allow them to do that, but with improved governance and faster delivery capabilities.”
SAS realises that collaboration is at the heart of a strong partnership and has been closely developing a long-term roadmap with the Army. “Although we're separate organisations, we come together to work effectively as one,” says Crawford. “Companies usually find it very easy to partner with SAS because we're a very open, honest, and people-based business by nature.”
With digital technology itself changing with great regularity, it’s safe to imagine that SAS’ own relationship with the Army will become even closer and more diverse. As SAS assists it in enhancing its operational readiness and providing its commanders with a secure view of key data points, Crawford is certain that the company will have a continually valuable role to play.
“As warfare moves into what we might call ‘the grey-zone’, the need to understand, decide, and act on complex information streams and diverse sources has never been more important. AI, computer vision and natural language processing are technologies that we hope to exploit over the next three to five years in conjunction with the Army.”
Fundamentally, data analytics is a tool for gaining valuable insights and expediting the delivery of outcomes. The goal of the two parties’ partnership, concludes Crawford, will be to reach the point where both access to data and decision-making can be performed qualitatively and in real-time.
“SAS is absolutely delighted to have this relationship with the British Army, and across the MOD. It’s a great privilege to be part of the armed forces covenant.”