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20 Oct 2013 06:00

Etihad Cargo and Singapore Airlines Cargo have agreed to exchange confirmed cargo capacity on services operated by both airlines from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow and Frankfurt. 

The agreement enables Etihad Cargo to offer capacity to Singapore Airlines Cargo on one of its weekly freighter services from Abu Dhabi to Frankfurt, in addition to access to its cargo network to the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.

Singapore Airlines Cargo will in turn offer cargo capacity on its freighter services to London Heathrow that are operated via Abu Dhabi.

Singapore Airlines Cargo launched a weekly Boeing 747-400 freighter service from Singapore to London Heathrow via Abu Dhabi in June this year. A second freighter service on the same routing is planned to commence on October 31.

David Kerr, Etihad Airways Vice President Cargo, said: “This year we have strengthened our cargo operations by expanding the freighter fleet, launching new destinations, increasing frequencies, and by working with partner carriers such as Singapore Airlines Cargo.  We look forward to working with Singapore Airlines Cargo to further enhance cargo access and network connectivity for our respective customers.”

Tan Tiow Kor, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Singapore Airlines Cargo, said:  “We are very pleased with this capacity exchange with Etihad Cargo. It will offer customers of both airlines more choice of flights to ship their cargo and improve access to the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Germany. We look forward to further strengthening our relationship with Etihad Cargo.”

About Etihad Cargo
Etihad Cargo’s freighters include three Boeing B777F, one Boeing 747-8F, one Boeing 747-400ERF, one Boeing 747-400F, three Airbus A330-200F, and a remaining freighter delivery – an Airbus A330-200F will arrive in spring 2014. 

The average age of Etihad Cargo’s fleet is now just 3.3 years, and 1.3 years for Etihad Cargo’s six owned freighters.  The airline’s three Boeing 747 freighters are leased from Atlas Air (2) and KLM (1) respectively.

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