23 May 2014 10:30
Etihad Cargo, the fast-growing freight business of UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways, will inaugurate a new weekly freighter flight between Abu Dhabi and the Ugandan city of Entebbe on 26 May 2014.
on the shores of Lake Victoria and close to the capital Kampala, Entebbe is a
major commercial centre in central Uganda.
direct cargo service will operate every Monday using an Airbus A330-200F
freighter, with a capacity of 64 metric tonnes.
Cargo expects the service to carry large quantities of electronics and textiles
to Entebbe, with primarily perishable goods destined for the Gulf region and
Europe loaded for the return flight.
Knight, Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: “Uganda is
an important market for Etihad Cargo, and the new Abu Dhabi-Entebbe freighter
service will allow us to capitalise on the strong import and export demand to
and from East Africa.
addition, whilst we expect to see strong onward trade flows over our Abu Dhabi
cargo hub to destinations across the Middle East, subcontinent and Europe,
ultimately this service will further strengthen the trade ties between the UAE
Etihad Cargo offers
services to 103 destinations internationally, operating a fleet of nine
freighters, consisting of three Airbus A330-200F, three Boeing B777F, and three
Boeing 747F. In June 2014, the cargo
operator will take delivery of one new freighter – an Airbus A330-200F.