25 Mar 2015 09:00
Etihad Cargo, the cargo division of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been recognised as ‘Cargo Airline of the Year’ by leading industry magazine, Air Transport News (ATN), at a prestigious gala dinner awards ceremony in Geneva, on 21 March 2015.
The award, which is decided based on
votes received from across the industry, combined with a verdict made by a jury
of internationally renowned industry experts, is in recognition of the
commitment made by Etihad Cargo to developing the global freight market through
the opening of new routes, the introduction of innovative products, and its
successful relationship with the international freight forwarding community.
Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ Chief
Strategy and Planning Officer, said: “We are honoured to receive this award in
recognition of our commitment to working closely with our partners across the
industry, ensuring our customers have greater access to new routes and services that enhance the
two-way flow of trade and commerce between key and the emerging markets across
our global network.”
Etihad Cargo extended its reach in
2014 by providing customers with lowerdeck capacity on 10 new services that
were launched during the year on its global passenger network.
This will be further extended with
the launch of eight new passenger routes during 2015, bringing to 111 the total
number of passenger and cargo destinations served directly from its hub in Abu
Additional lowerdeck cargo capacity was
also provided on the passenger services of its partners as they expanded their
networks from Europe. This includes airberlin’s new services from Berlin and
Stuttgart to Etihad Cargo’s hub in Abu Dhabi, and on NIKI’s new service from
It also includes the scheduled
passenger services of its latest equity partner, Alitalia, from Milan and
Venice to Abu Dhabi.
With a fleet of 10 dedicated cargo
aircraft, Etihad Cargo also provides
customers with maindeck capacity on its scheduled services to 13
freighter-only destinations that include: Bogotá, Chittagong, Djibouti, Dubai
World Central, Eldoret, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Houston, Kabul, Miami, Quito, Sharjah
It also operates a double-weekly service from Milan to
Bogotá, Colombia, and from Bogotá to Amsterdam, following a partnership agreement signed with Avianca Cargo.