Emirates SkyCargo, the airfreight division of Emirates Group, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with United Cargo to expand cargo interline options.

Emirates Cargo divisional senior vice-president Nabil Sultan and United Cargo president Jan Krems signed the MoU at the World Cargo Symposium – IATA event in London, UK.

The MoU will offer benefits to air freight customers of both companies across the globe.

According to the MoU, the two companies have agreed to work towards expanding cargo interline options and blocked space agreements after receiving regulatory approvals.

On the other hand, Emirates SkyCargo will get to have access to more than 200 cities in the US as well as 300 cities located across five continents via United Cargo.

Sultan said: “Emirates SkyCargo is committed to being the leading player in the global air cargo industry, providing our customers with the highest standards of products and services.

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“Cooperating with United, who is a leading airline in its own right with strengths and a network that are complementary to our own, will allow us to add value for our customers and help them reach new markets more speedily.”

Building on the existing cargo interline arrangements between the two firms, the latest MoU enables freight customers to gain access to more capacity on a combined wider network globally.

United Cargo will gain access to Emirates SkyCargo’s 11 freighters and a distribution network via the ‘belly-hold’ of passenger flights that cover more than 100 global destinations.

Krems said: “As one of the leading carriers worldwide, Emirates SkyCargo is an important player in the industry, and our supplementary capabilities allow us to provide new service offerings to our customers worldwide.

“We share a common commitment to providing industry-leading solutions for our customers, and we look forward to working together in the future.”

Last month, Emirates implemented its pre-pandemic schedule at Manchester Airport (MAN) in the UK.