17 Jun 2014 14:00
Etihad Cargo uplifted record cargo tonnage across the globe in April and May 2014, pushing the carrier into the list of top 10 performing global air cargo operators, based on monthly WorldACD carrier rankings.*
In April, Etihad Cargo moved 44,730 tonnes of cargo
around the world, 30 per cent more than in the same period last year (34,352
The month of May also saw impressive cargo tonnage
flown across Etihad Cargo’s network with 48,869 tonnes of freight carried, up
31 per cent on May 2013 (37,403 tonnes), and an increase of nine per cent on
the previous month.
The figures reflect Etihad Cargo’s continued upward
momentum in what has been a strong performing H1 2014 period to date.
Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy and
Planning Officer, said: “Moving onto the list of world’s top 10 is a great
achievement and our intention is to continue building our business, create
value for our partners, and support our customers.
“The impressive figures for April and May were driven
by a combination of factors, including better capacity utilisation on routes to
and from the Netherlands, United States and India, more bellyhold capacity to
and from Munich, New York and Chengdu, enhanced scheduling, optimised
connections, and a robust charter business.
“We also improved our global market share by meeting
and exceeding the needs of our customers.
Looking ahead, our growth projections for the remainder of 2014 are on
“At the end of this month we will take delivery of a
fourth Airbus A330-200 freighter and, in the second half of 2014, have access
to more bellyhold capability when 10 passenger aircraft are added to the fleet,
routes to five new passenger destinations are launched, and frequencies to
existing points are increased.”
Earlier this month Etihad Cargo began offering
bellyhold freight capability on Etihad Airways’ new daily services to Zurich
and Los Angeles. In addition, in May a
new weekly maindeck freighter service linking Abu Dhabi and Entebbe commenced,
a month when freighter services to Almaty, Bangalore and Beijing were also
increased to three times per week.
source: WorldACD Rankings as published in April 2014