Etihad Cargo boosts freighter fleet with its tenth aircraft

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Etihad Cargo has taken delivery of its tenth freighter. The addition of an A330F takes its Airbus freighter fleet to five, joining five Boeing 777 freighters that collectively serve 42 destinations worldwide.

The carrier launched ten new freighter routes and carried 602,026 tonnes of cargo in 2016, reflecting a moderate increase on 2015.

James Hogan, Etihad Aviation Group President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Etihad Cargo is a US $1bn business, which makes it one of the world’s most successful air cargo operations”.

Hogan acknowledged the uncertain global outlook as factors such as capacity outpacing demand and China’s transition to a service industry continued to impact the industry. He said that Etihad Cargo was well positioned to maximise opportunities in 2017 thanks largely to the company’s investment in partnerships.

Hogan added: “The Etihad Aviation Group’s seven equity partner airlines form the world’s sixth largest cargo group and wider partnerships are playing an increasing role in our business. We are working with Avianca to extend our reach in the important market of South America; with AirBridge Cargo in the US, Middle East and Moscow for the oil and gas industry; while our Preferred Handling Partner programme builds strong partnerships and ensures consistent quality and service across the Etihad Cargo network.”

Source: Etihad Cargo