To complement its fleet of Boeing 777 Freighters,
Etihad Cargo has started using Boeing 787-10 aircraft as
The 787-10s will initially operate 34 weekly
flights, serving 10 markets.
Each aircraft will provide capacity for 12 lower
deck pallets and four containers, carrying up to 45 tons of
The passenger freighter network will introduce
capacity, subject to permits, into India, Indonesia, Philippines,
Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and other places where borders
remain open for cargo.
On top of that, Etihad's current freighter
schedule will be enhanced by additional flights into Hong Kong,
London, Riyadh and Shanghai.
By utilising the Boeing 787 in addition to its
freighter fleet, Etihad Cargo will ensure the continuity of vital
imports into the UAE including fruits, vegetables, meat, medical
supplies, mail and ecommerce.
Abdulla Mohamed Shadid, Managing Director Cargo
and Logistics at Etihad Aviation Group, said, ďAs the national
carrier to the UAE, Etihad is working closely with the UAE
government to ensure the country is well served and the needs of
the people residing in the UAE are unaffected, while continuing to
play our role as a facilitator of global trade between the east
and the west. In the current environment and as per our
leadershipís guidance, it is essential these trade lanes remain
open, and with the addition on this capacity we are able to serve
those constrained markets that face decreased passenger freight
operations, offering a strategic cargo lifeline and supporting the
continuity of the global trade ecosystem.Ē