Etihad Airways to Take Delivery of Two Boeing 777 Freighters
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates has declared that it would take delivery of two Boeing 777 freighter aircraft. This decision was announced on the opening day of the Dubai Airshow.
The additional aircraft, worth at USD 637 million, will be delivered next year. They will be part of Etihad Cargo, the airline’s freighter arm, which currently operates three Boeings 777Fs, three Boeing 747s, and four Airbus A330s. Etihad Cargo offers eleven freighter-only destinations worldwide from its hub in Abu Dhabi and has a freighter capacity on Etihad Airways’ fleet of 109 passenger aircraft.
Mr. James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said, “Etihad Airways is pleased to take delivery for two freighters that will join our fleet next year. This signifies our confidence and dedication to our partners at Boeing and to the international freight market.”
Mr. Ray Conner, President and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said, “We hold our partnership with Etihad in high regard, and are honored of their enduring trust in our products.”
“The Boeing 777 freighter, which is the world’s longest twin-engine freighter, continues to have unrivaled efficiency which is an ideal cost-efficient option for our clients.”
Etihad Cargo is a vital part of Etihad Airways’ business which is valued at more than USD 1 billion the previous year with 568,000 tonnes of freight carried.
Etihad Airways’ wide network coverage of cargo-only destinations consists of Houston, Guangzhou, Bogota, Chittagong, and Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo, with even more routes to be added next year.