25 Jun 2013 09:00
Etihad Cargo has taken delivery of three new Boeing and Airbus wide-body freighters, bringing the carrier’s expanding fleet to nine aircraft, and heralding a massive 62 per cent increase in tonnage uplift capability.
The latest arrival, a Boeing 747-8F, was unveiled to customers and
partners at a special Etihad Cargo event held at Abu Dhabi Aircraft
Technologies’ (ADAT) Hangar 6 on Sunday night.
In conjunction with Atlas Air, the freighter is being deployed on
a new round the world scheduled routing taking in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong,
Chicago, Miami, Viracopos, Quito and Amsterdam.
Two other freighters recently joining the fleet include one Boeing
777F and one Airbus A330F.
James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad
Airways, said: “These modern, fuel-efficient aircraft represent an
important step in the growth and development of Etihad Cargo.
“As Etihad Cargo continues to work closely with its partners and
expands in step with the growth and development of Abu Dhabi, these freighters
will significantly enhance our capability to deliver a world-class service to
Last month Etihad Cargo signed a multi-year Aircraft, Crew,
Maintenance and Insurance agreement with Atlas Air to provide and operate the
Boeing 747-8 Freighter with its 138-ton cargo capacity for the new ‘round the
world’ routing schedule.
“This is an important partnership which reinforces Etihad Cargo’s
position as a truly competitive and global cargo carrier,” Mr Hogan said.
William J. Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Air
Worldwide said: “We are delighted to help Etihad Cargo extend its reach
with next-generation performance in payload, fuel efficiency and total cost per
tonne-mile. Together with our global operations and our reliable, high-quality
service, Etihad Cargo now has additional flexibility to take advantage of
Abdul Khaliq Saeed, President Middle East & North Africa of
the ADAT and Mubadala Aerospace MRO network, commented: "It’s a
pleasure to bring the Boeing 747-8 Freighter to ADAT’s state-of-the-art hangar
for our national airline. We share a common vision with Etihad Airways –
taking Abu Dhabi’s aviation industry to new heights. The 747-8 Freighter
services will further strengthen Abu Dhabi's position as a cargo hub around the
Etihad Cargo will continue to deploy capacity across new and
existing trade lanes over Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas.
This year Etihad Cargo has expanded freighter services to new
destinations, including Djibouti, Guangzhou, Lagos, Miami, Quito, Riyadh,
Singapore, Sydney, Tbilisi, Vienna and Viracopos. In addition there have
been frequency increases on a number of routes, including Dhaka, Frankfurt and