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Etihad Cargo to Add Boeing 747-8F to Fleet

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Etihad Airways has signed a multi-year Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance (ACMI) agreement with Atlas Air Worldwide to provide the Abu Dhabi-based airline with its first Boeing 747-8 Freighter.

The full liveried Etihad Cargo Boeing 747-8 Freighter will be the largest in the carriers growing freighter fleet. The aircraft has a payload capacity of 138 tons and a range of more than 8,000 kilometres.

This is the second such ACMI agreement between Atlas Air and Etihad Airways, complementing an existing lease agreement signed for a Boeing 747-400 Freighter in May 2012.

The delivery will take Etihad Cargos freighter fleet to nine aircraft. From June the airline will also operate three Boeing B777F, one Boeing 747-400ERF, one Boeing 747-400F and three Airbus A330-200F.

Cargo is one of our key strategic pillars and a growing part of the business. In 2012, it delivered tonnage growth of 19% on the back of a capacity increase of 14% in available tonnage kilometres, said James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer. This deal with Atlas for a Boeing 747-8 Freighter reinforces our ability to serve a growing number of customers from around the globe. As we continue to add depth and scale to our cargo operations we look forward to fully leveraging the aircrafts capability and efficient cost base to grow our reach, and facilitate global trade into, out of, and through the UAE.

Atlas is the only ACMI provider in the world to offer the Boeing 747-8F aircraft to its customers.

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