Emirates SkyCargo's freighter fleet has started operating from its new cargo terminal at Dubai World Centralís Al Maktoum International Airport.
The official start of operations was marked by the very early morning arrival of an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 Freighter from London Heathrow, carrying a full load of more than 100 tonnes of cargo.
Construction of phase one of the cargo terminal and supporting facilities began in July 2013, and with its completion operations are now in full swing with 250 staff on site.
The newly opened terminal is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and will be able to handle 700,000 tonnes of cargo annually and have 500 staff when phase two, scheduled to be completed by September 2014, comes into operation.
The terminal has the potential for further expansion to reach one million tonnes.
Emirates currently has a fleet of 12 freighters, 10 Boeing 777-Fs and two Boeing 747-400 ERFs, which operate to more than 50 destinations around the world.