13 Jun 2014 09:30
Etihad Cargo will commence a weekly freighter service to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania today, Friday 13 June 2014. On the return sector to Abu Dhabi, the freighter will also stop in Nairobi, Kenya.
Dar es Salaam - Tanzania’s biggest city - is a major
industrial and economic centre in East Africa, and following the first Etihad
Cargo flight today, all subsequent weekly freighter services will operate every
Monday to Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR).
Etihad Cargo will deploy one of its three Airbus
A330-200 wide-body freighters on the route, offering customers heavy uplift
capability of up to 64 metric tonnes.
Initially, the UAE airline expects the service to
carry heavy electronics, medical equipment and food items to Dar es Salaam,
with primarily perishable goods destined for the Gulf region and Europe loaded
for the return flights.
Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy and
Planning Officer, said: “Tanzania is a new market for Etihad Cargo, and our weekly
Abu Dhabi-Dar es Salaam-Nairobi-Abu Dhabi routing will allow us to capitalise
on the strong import and export demand to and from one of the fastest growing
cities in Africa.
“This Dar es Salaam service will facilitate trade
between the UAE and Tanzania, in addition to offering customers across the
Middle East, subcontinent and Europe bidirectional maindeck cargo solutions to
and from a major trading centre on the African continent.”
Etihad Cargo is the fast-growing freight business of
UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways, offering services to 103 destinations
internationally. The carrier operates a
fleet of nine freighters, consisting of three Airbus A330-200F, three Boeing
B777F, and three Boeing 747F.
this month, Etihad Cargo will take delivery of one new freighter, an Airbus