Etihad Cargo Launch Revised Freighter Network
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics division Etihad Airways recently announced an overhaul of their global freighter network that will come into effect on the 1st October 2018. The new route network will become more simplified while maximizing freighter-to-bellyhold flows.
The upcoming revised network will see the air cargo carrier increase existing Boeing 777 freighter frequencies into key markets in China and India, with the addition of one weekly rotation each into Shanghai and Chennai.
The airline has also bolstered their commitment to customers in their core markets as they continue to service Amsterdam, Bangalore, Chittagong, Columbus Ohio, Dammam, Delhi, Dhaka, East Midlands, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Hong Kong and Mumbai on a weekly basis.
Managing Director Cargo and Logistics for Etihad Airways, Abdulla Mohamed Shadid said, “Etihad Cargo continues to cement its position as a major player in the international air cargo market, leveraging Abu Dhabi’s strategic positioning at the center of the world’s busiest trade lanes to serve these key markets. Our freighters are central to this strategy, and the new network will ensure we maximize the cargo flows between main deck cargo and belly-hold capacity on our strong fleet of passenger jets that service our global network.”
Etihad Cargo has dedicated aircraft for ad-hoc charter flying during the fourth quarter to meet the seasonal peak in demand and has already started accepting bookings ahead of October, which is one their busiest months.
Several stations have been removed from the Etihad Cargo freighter network, Nairobi is the largest one to be cut due to weakening demand and market indicators that rendered other core markets a more attractive option.
Mr. Shadid further added, “This network strategy is yet another step in the continuous evolution of Etihad Cargo’s service offering to strengthen our customer value proposition while delivering value to the Etihad Aviation Group, it further compliments our ongoing efforts to maximise premium product verticals such as our SkyStables (equine), FlyCulture (arts and music) and FastTrack (mail and courier) products, while prioritizing investments in digital and physical infrastructure to reaffirm our place as a true air cargo partner of choice.”