Etihad Cargo presents modified freighter network
Etihad Cargo will implemented some changes to its global freighter network, commencing 1 October, 2018. The new freighter network plan will see the airline increase existing Boeing 777 freighter frequencies into key markets in China and India, adding one weekly rotation each into Shanghai (x5) and Chennai (x3). The carrier also reinforced its commitment to customers in its core markets as it continues to service Amsterdam (x3), Frankfurt (x3), Columbus Ohio (x3), Hong Kong (x2), Hanoi (x2), Mumbai (x2), Dhaka (x2), East Midlands (x2) and Dammam (x2), Delhi (x1), Bangalore (x1) and Chittagong (x1) on a weekly basis.
Abdulla Mohamed Shadid, Etihad Airways Managing Director Cargo and Logistics, said: “Etihad Cargo continues to cement its position as a major player in the international air cargo market, and it is important that we leverage Abu Dhabi’s strategic positioning at the centre of the world’s busiest trade lanes to serve these key markets.”
Marking a new addition to the freighter network is the commencement of twice weekly operations into and out of Miami International Airport in November 2018. A few stations have been removed from the new Etihad Cargo network plan, the largest of which was Nairobi, citing weakening demand and market behaviours that rendered other core markets more attractive to serve.
The fourth quarter will also see Etihad Cargo offer customers incremental lower-deck cargo capacity to and from Abu Dhabi and the key markets of Singapore, Toronto, Cairo, Bangalore, and for the first time will also offer its customers cargo capacity into and out of Barcelona starting 28 November, when Etihad Airways launches its first direct service to the Spanish city from Abu Dhabi.
“This network strategy is 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,” added Shadid.