Emirates SkyCargo keeps mangoes fresh from farm-to-table as global demand soars

Published: Tuesday, August 2, 2022

DUBAI, UAEEmirates SkyCargo proudly keeps its role as the vital link between the farming community and customers looking for delicious, fresh mangoes this season as global demand for this delectable fruit soars amid rising temperatures this summer.

Most mangoes flown by Emirates SkyCargo came from South Asia, supplemented by South American mangoes filling the cargo hold of Emirates’ passenger planes and freighters from Mexico, Columbia and Brazil, the majority of which destined for the UK, Spain and UAE markets. The airline also helped Australian producers export over 100 tons of mangoes this year.

Taking Pakistan as an example, in many cases it takes only 48 hours from when the mangoes are picked from the farm to flying them to different routes. Add another 14 to 18 hours in transit and they will have reached the supermarket shelves at their final destination, as fresh as they left the farm. Emirates SkyCargo flew over 6,500 tons of mangoes from Pakistan via Dubai to Europe and North America.

Nearly 80 percent of the tasty cargo leaves Jinnah International Airport in Karachi and the remaining 20 percent departs from Lahore. The cargo is loaded into the belly-hold of Boeing 777s, which fly 31 flights a week between Dubai and the two cities.

Transiting through the Emirates SkyCentral facilities at DXB, the fresh mangoes are always stored in state-of-the-art Cool Dollies during ground transportation, before being sent to their final destinations.

The UK received the largest percentage of mango imports via Emirates’ hub in Dubai, with over 3,600 tons. Germany’s appetite for the sweet fruit was also healthy, receiving nearly 700 tons, followed closely by the UAE with almost 500 tons. The precious cargo was also sent directly to Spain from Mexico on board Emirates’ dedicated Boeing 777 Freighters.

“The success of our three-tiered Emirates Fresh product is clearly demonstrated by our continually growing volumes, as well as by our customers’ confidence in repeatedly choosing us to keep their fruits healthy, their meats fresh and their flowers blooming as they travel the world with us. With our class leading integrated cool chain processes, expert personnel and temperature-controlled storage, customers all over the world are guaranteed freshness that they can touch, taste and feel,” said Dennis Lister, VP Cargo Commercial Development, Emirates SkyCargo.

Emirates Fresh is Emirates SkyCargo’s responsive cool chain solution for everyday perishables unaffected by slight temperature variations. It’s the ideal combination of cost effectiveness and core protection that ensures freshness is not compromised during transportation. With optional additional protection from items like White Covers and Thermal Blankets, produce can remain cool throughout the shipment journey.