Etihad Crystal Cargo’s new A330-200 freighter
has made its maiden flight over Toulouse in France, where the
aircraft manufacturer Airbus is based.
The flight marks the start of a 200 hour
flight-test and certification campaign and paves the way for
delivery to Etihad Crystal Cargo, the launch operator, next year.
The new A330-200F will significantly enhance
Etihad Crystal Cargo’s capacity with its extensive range and a
higher maximum payload. Etihad ordered the A330-200F at the 2007
Paris Air Show in Le Bourget.
“The maiden test flight is always a special
occasion for the launch operator and we are very proud to see the
Etihad Crystal Cargo A330-200 freighter take to the skies,” said Des Vertannes,
Etihad Airways’ executive vice president cargo.
“The A330-200F will make a major contribution to the
expansion of Etihad Crystal Cargo as it can carry up to 69 metric
tonnes of cargo and can fly up to 6,000 kilometres non-stop. This
ensures we can continue to offer our customers the very highest
levels of service and commitment.”
fleet of two Airbus A300-600 freighter aircraft and an MD11,
Etihad Crystal Cargo serves 14 cargo freighter destinations,
including Frankfurt Haan, Mumbai, Lagos, Colombo and Milan. It
also operates bellyhold services on all Etihad Airways passenger
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