11 Apr 2013 09:00
Etihad Cargo, the fast growing cargo division of UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways, has added Washington D.C. to its global cargo network, in addition to boosting frequency to Hong Kong courtesy of strategic partner Air Seychelles.
The US capital is Etihad
Cargo’s fifth destination in North America, while Hong Kong is already part of
the carrier’s five-destination Greater China cargo network.
news follows the launch of passenger services from Abu Dhabi to both cities in
recent weeks. Etihad Airways started
direct services to Washington D.C. on March 31, and Air Seychelles, in which
Etihad Airways owns a 40 per cent stake, initiated services to Hong Kong via
Abu Dhabi on March 24.
Knight, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer at Etihad Airways, said: “Our cargo
network continues to expand and with the addition of bellyhold capacity to Washington
D.C. and an overall increase in cargo capacity to Hong Kong, we believe these
new operations will strengthen cargo services both east and west for our
Airways has deployed an Airbus A340-500 aircraft to operate the daily Abu
Dhabi-Washington D.C. route, while Air Seychelles has scheduled its Airbus
A330-200 aircraft to fly the three times a week service between the Indian
ocean archipelago and Hong Kong.
already offers daily bellyhold cargo capacity from Chicago and New York to Abu
Dhabi, and three times a week from Toronto to Abu Dhabi. In addition, Etihad Cargo offers a
twice-weekly freighter service from Houston to the UAE capital.
bellyhold capacity offered by Air Seychelles’ new service between Abu Dhabi and
Hong Kong will strengthen the already established four-times-a-week Etihad
Cargo freighter service between the two cities.
At present Etihad
Cargo offers both bellyhold and full freighter capacity to Beijing and
Shanghai, bellyhold capacity to Chengdu, and a freighter operation to Guangzhou.
Cargo serves 86 destinations internationally and operates a fleet of two Boeing
B777F, one Boeing 747-400ERF, one Boeing 747-400F, two Airbus A330-200F and one
Airbus A300-600F. To ensure capacity stays ahead of demand, Etihad Cargo will
take delivery of three additional freighters in 2013 and 2014, comprising one
Boeing B777F, and two Airbus A330-200F.