13 Oct 2013 07:30
Etihad Cargo, part of UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways, has posted record monthly uplift figures for September of 45,175 tonnes, a 42 per cent increase on the same month in 2012 (31,826 tonnes).
Airways’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, Kevin Knight, said: “This is the
biggest monthly tonnage Etihad Cargo has ever carried across its network, and
that’s a reflection of improved capacity utilisation on our freighter fleet,
more cargo in the bellyhold of our passenger aircraft, greater synergies with
our global partners, and, importantly, a well-performing charter business.”
carrier flew 77 charter missions in the month, up 185 per cent on September
2012 (27 charters).
charter operations included routing 200 tonnes of humanitarian and food aid
from Abu Dhabi to Ouagadougou in West Africa, and transporting racing cars and
spares from the United Kingdom and Italy to Singapore, then onwards to Seoul,
South Korea. The airline also performed
a number of VIP cargo charters.
demand out of Hong Kong, China, India and Germany played a role in Etihad Cargo
carrying the record loads to and from its Abu Dhabi hub.
said: “A key driver in cargo continuing
to perform well is down to us getting closer to our customers, understanding
their challenges, and coming to them with competitive solutions, on routings
they want, while adding value to their businesses.”
the Q4 2013 outlook was positive, helped by the integration of subsidiary
Etihad Airport Services – Cargo into the business, which would continue to
deliver benefits for Etihad Cargo as well as other new freighter operators
through Abu Dhabi.
concluded: “Looking ahead to the end of
Q4, we expect to see higher than average seasonal load factors.”