11 Feb 2014 12:00
DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics provider, and Etihad Cargo have agreed to share capacity on DHL’s new five times a week freighter service operating through Abu Dhabi.
The new cargo services use DHL’s
Airbus A300-600 freighter fleet, and operate from Bahrain to Abu Dhabi and
onwards to Bagram, Lahore, and Karachi and back to Abu Dhabi, where cargo can
transfer onwards to Etihad Cargo destinations across the globe.
The DHL Abu Dhabi service started
in January 2014 and has already resulted in improved transit times for DHL
cargo coming to the UAE from cities in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North
DHL shipments from the United
States to Abu Dhabi now arrive half a day earlier, providing customers with an
improved 48-hour timeframe for door-to-door deliveries.
Commenting on the partnership,
Frank-Uwe Ungerer, Country Manager for DHL Express in the UAE, said: “Adding
Abu Dhabi to our network will enable us to better service all-important trade
lanes and markets in the Middle East and Asia.
“The partnership with Etihad Cargo
will also enable us to offer customers of both carriers a wide array of flight
options and speedier deliveries. We are confident that this will be a
David Kerr, Etihad Airways Vice
President Cargo, said: “DHL is a proven leader in the logistics field and
together, our partnership will strengthen cargo operations through our Abu
Dhabi hub for the benefit of our respective customers.
“In particular, having access
to DHL’s new five times a week freighter service from Abu Dhabi to Bahrain and
more freighter capacity out of Pakistan enables us to provide our customers
with more cost competitive and enhanced routings and quicker delivery times.”