Freight Etihad Cargo introduces new freighter network
Etihad Cargo has announced, that it will introduce a new freighter network to strengthen global trade lanes.
The new route network is to help maximising Etihad Cargo´s freighter-to-bellyhold flows. The carrier stated, that this decision is a milestone in its strategy, because it simplifies the route network.
To meet the growing customer demand, Etihad Cargo will deploy more freighter capacity on core trade lanes around the world. From the hub in Abu Dhabi, Etihad Cargo will serve global markets in Europe, Asia and the United States.
Abdulla Mohamed Shadid, Etihad Airways Managing Director Cargo and Logistics, said: “Etihad Cargo continues to cement its position as a major player in the international air cargo market, and it is important that we leverage Abu Dhabi’s strategic positioning at the centre of the world’s busiest trade lanes to serve these key markets.”
A new addition to the freighter network of Etihad Cargo will be Miami International Airport. Starting in November 2018, the Florida airport will be served two times per week. To meet seasonal peak in demand, Etihad Cargo will furthermore dedicate an aircraft for ad-hoc charter services. At the end of November, Barcelona will be added to Etihad Cargo´s route portfolio as well.
In Asia, Shanghai (four times weekly) and Chennai (two times weekly) will see one additional Boeing 777 Freighter rotation. Moreover, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Dhaka and Dammam will be served twice a week. Delhi, Bangalore and Chittagong are being served once a week. In Europe, Amsterdam and Frankfurt will be flown at three times, and East Midlands twice a week, while Columbus Ohio in the United States will see three rotations each week.
On the other hand, Nairobi was removed from Etihad Cargo´s freighter network, as the demand was too weak.
Etihad Cargo is a wholly owned subsidiary airline from Etihad. Formerly known as Etihad Crystal Cargo, the operator now flies with five Boeing 777Fs. previously, a Boeing 747-8 and a 747-400 belonged to the fleet as well. At the beginning of 2018, the carrier also announced, that it will retire five Airbus A330-200F aircraft due to a strategical change.
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