October 29, 2015 – Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, will launches daily non-stop flights to Bologna from November 03, 2015.
The service will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, offering 23 tonnes of belly-hold capacity on the first long-haul wide-bodied flight to Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport.
"Bologna is an economic hub in Italy and for the entire European continent. But because of a lack of wide-bodied aircraft service to the region, many businesses must truck their goods over long distances to reach the closest major airport. With the introduction of Emirates SkyCargo service to Bologna using the Boeing 777-300ER, businesses in the region will have more efficient channels to reach their customers in cities around the world," said Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional senior vice president, Cargo.
Bologna – the seventh most populous city in Italy and Emirates' fourth gateway in the country – is home to some of the world's most famous car manufacturers, including Lamborghini, Ducati, Ferrari, Maserati and Pagani. It is also an emerging centre for the agriculture, fashion and retail industries.
With a total cargo capacity of 46 tonnes per day, the Emirates Sky Cargo flights will connect customers in Bologna with cities across the world. The top export destinations include the UAE, Japan, China, India and Australia. The top exports are expected to include luxury vehicles, textiles and clothing, ceramics/tiles, marbles and jewelry. Top exports into Bologna are manufacturing parts, pharmaceuticals, leather garments and perishable foods.
Emirates SkyCargo already operates flights to three other Italian cities, with triple daily flights to Rome and Milan and a daily flight to Venice. The airline also offers a daily flight to New York from Milan. With the launch of Bologna, Emirates SkyCargo will increase its European network to 38 destinations.