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June 21, 2010

First test flight at Al Maktoum Airport

Filed under: Airports — aerotowfeeq @ 11:38 pm
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SkyCargo 777 Al-Maktoum

Emirates’ freight division SkyCargo has performed the first operational flight into Dubai’s Al-Maktoum International Airport, ahead of its formal opening on 27 June.

The Boeing 777 freighter, operating flight EK9883 from Hong Kong, landed at Al-Maktoum at 16:50 yesterday.

It enabled testing of air traffic control processes, airport manoeuvring, ground-handling and security as well as communications between various agencies.

“The test was an unmitigated success not only for Emirates SkyCargo, but most importantly for our customer Swift Freight,” says Emirates divisional senior vice-president for cargo Ram Menen.

“Although our cargo hub continues to be Dubai International, there is no doubt that [the new airport] will play an increasingly important role – initially for spot cargo operations driven by customer need and eventually for scheduled freighter services.”

Dubai’s civil aviation authority will carry out a review on 24 June to finalise the airport licensing process.

SkyCargo 777 Al-Maktoum

The flight was one step in Dubai’s move to become a “pre-eminent centre” for the global aviation industry, according to Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the top official of the emirate’s aviation properties including Emirates Airline, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Dubai Airports.

The first phase of the airport will feature a single runway, 64 remote stands, a cargo terminal with capacity for 250,000 tonnes of cargo per year, and a passenger terminal building accommodating five million passengers per year.

Al Maktoum International will eventually have five runways, four terminal buildings and capacity for 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo. The facility opens initially for cargo carriers, while passenger flights are slated to start next March, Dubai Airports said.


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