27 Feb 2016 12:00
Etihad Cargo has taken delivery of a new Boeing 777 freighter which will enable the freight arm of Etihad Airways to continue its expansion plans into 2016. The aircraft becomes the 11th freighter in the fleet and will enter commercial service on 1st March 2016.
announced it would take delivery of the two additional aircraft at the Dubai
Air Show last year, and they form part of the US$67 billion fleet order that was made in 2013 for 199 aircraft. The two additional freighter aircraft are valued at
US$637 million at list prices and the second freighter is expected to arrive in
Abu Dhabi in March.
new aircraft will come equipped with nine seats allowing Etihad Cargo to carry
additional grooms as part of its Sky Stables programme, which supports high
value equine movement. They will be the first aircraft in the Etihad
Cargo fleet to be equipped in this way. Sky Stables is supervised by dedicated managers, supported by handling teams both in the
air and on the ground, with horses currently being moved to destinations in
Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas.
Kevin Knight, Chief
Strategy and Planning Officer for Etihad Airways, said: “The additional freighter
gives us the opportunity to expand our specialist cargo services and grow our
market share. Over the last year, we have been expanding into South America,
Africa and Asia and the new aircraft will enhance capacity and enable us to
increase frequency across our scheduled network, but importantly also increase
our charter opportunities to growth areas of the world.”
During 2015, Etihad
Cargo enhanced its global reach by offering bellyhold capacity on Etihad
Airways’ six new passenger destinations to cities including Edinburgh, Madrid
and Kolkatta. The airline
already operates scheduled cargo services to the following freighter-only
destinations that include: Hahn, San Juan, Bogota,
Guangzhou, Dakar, Douala, Eldoret, Hanoi, Houston, Nouakchott, Sharjah and
In its existing fleet, Etihad Cargo currently operates three Boeing 777Fs,
three Boeing 747s and four Airbus A330s. The Cargo division of the national
airline carrier of the UAE currently serves 14 freighter-only destinations
worldwide from its Abu Dhabi hub and has freighter capacity on Etihad Airways’
fleet of over 100 passenger aircraft.
“Since its entry into service seven years
ago, the 777 Freighter has been increasingly recognized as the world’s largest
and most capable twin-engine freighter,” said Marty Bentrott, senior vice
president for Sales, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial
Airplanes. “We are proud to have the 777
Freighter play a key role in Etihad Cargo’s fleet as it continues to strengthen
and expand its cargo operations around the world."
The Etihad Cargo division generates over US$1 billion in
revenue annually and reported strong cargo volumes for 2015, with 592,090
tonnes of freight and mail flown in total, a four per cent increase over 2014’s
figures. The cargo division also accounted for 88 per cent of cargo imports,
exports and transfers at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Established in 2004, Etihad Cargo is the fast growing cargo
division of Etihad Airways. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport,
Etihad Cargo offers its customers a range of cargo services linked to its
expanding international route network and aircraft fleet.