Etihad Cargo has taken delivery of its 10th
The addition of an A330F takes its Airbus
freighter fleet to five, joining five Boeing 777 freighters that
collectively serve 42 destinations worldwide.
delivery follows 12 months of sustained growth for the carrier,
which launched 10 new freighter routes and carried 602,026 tonnes
of cargo – a moderate increase on 2015.
This growth was highlighted by James Hogan,
Etihad Aviation Group President and Chief Executive Officer, as he
delivered the welcome address on the opening day of the IATA World
Cargo Symposium (WCS) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
“Etihad Cargo is a US $1 billion business, which makes
it one of the world’s most successful air cargo operations,” he
said, noting that it had become the fastest-growing division of
Etihad Airways since it was founded in 2004, a year after the
Mr 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.
“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,” he said.
Etihad Cargo operates to 124 destinations from its Abu Dhabi hub
with a mix of freighter and belly capacity.
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