Dubai: TNT Express, the business-to-business express delivery company, and Dubai-based Emirates SkyCargo, have signed a new agreement where the cargo carrier will lease a Boeing 747-400 ERF freighter from the company's European fleet - TNT Airways.

The contract was sealed with the arrival of the first UAE-dedicated TNT aircraft.

"The arrival of this brand new TNT-owned aircraft into Dubai is a significant milestone for us and will help strengthen our presence in the Middle East market, which is one of our fastest growing segments," said Martyn Wright, Managing Director-Gulf of TNT Express.

"It will initially service one of Emirates SkyCargo's busiest routes from Milan to Dubai before embarking for Duesseldorf."

This is the first of two TNT aircraft that will transit through Dubai.

The weekly Sunday service will increase to three operations a week later this year.

"This TNT 747-400 ERF is the world's largest and most popular long-haul cargo carrier and offers an impressive 124-tonne payload capacity," added Wright.

TNT's Boeing 747-400 ERF also operates four times a week between the Chinese financial city of Shanghai and the company's European Air Hub in Liège, Belgium.