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ETIHAD CARGO CARRIES RECORD MONTHLY TONNAGE
Etihad Cargo, part of UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways, has posted record monthly uplift figures for September of 45,175 tonnes, a 42 per cent increase on the same month in 2012 (31,826 tonnes).
Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, Kevin Knight, said: “This is the biggest monthly tonnage Etihad Cargo has ever carried across its network, and that’s a reflection of improved capacity utilisation on our freighter fleet, more cargo in the bellyhold of our passenger aircraft, greater synergies with our global partners, and, importantly, a well-performing charter business.”
The carrier flew 77 charter missions in the month, up 185 per cent on September 2012 (27 charters).
Notable charter operations included routing 200 tonnes of humanitarian and food aid from Abu Dhabi to Ouagadougou in West Africa, and transporting racing cars and spares from the United Kingdom and Italy to Singapore , then onwards to Seoul , South Korea . The airline also performed a number of VIP cargo charters.
Strong demand out of Hong Kong , China , India and Germany played a role in Etihad Cargo carrying the record loads to and from its Abu Dhabi hub.
Mr Knight said: “A key driver in cargo continuing to perform well is down to us getting closer to our customers, understanding their challenges, and coming to them with competitive solutions, on routings they want, while adding value to their businesses.”
He added the Q4 2013 outlook was positive, helped by the integration of subsidiary Etihad Airport Services – Cargo into the business, which would continue to deliver benefits for Etihad Cargo as well as other new freighter operators through Abu Dhabi .
Mr Knight concluded: “Looking ahead to the end of Q4, we expect to see higher than average seasonal load factors.”
About Etihad Cargo
Etihad Cargo’s freighters include three Boeing B777F, one Boeing 747-8F, one Boeing 747-400ERF, one Boeing 747-400F, three Airbus A330-200F, and a remaining freighter delivery – an Airbus A330-200F will arrive in spring 2014.
The average age of Etihad Cargo’s fleet is now just 3.3 years, and 1.3 years for Etihad Cargo’s six owned freighters. The airline’s three Boeing 747 freighters are leased from Atlas Air (2) and KLM (1) respectively.
About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates , began operations in 2003, and in 2012 carried 10.3 million passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways offers flights to 94 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of over 80 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and large orders for additional aircraft including 41 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 10 Airbus A380s, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. Etihad Airways also holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles , Virgin Australia and Aer Lingus, and subject to regulatory approval will acquire a 24 per cent stake in India ’s Jet Airways. Etihad Airways also will acquire 49 per cent of Air Serbia from January 2014. For more information about Etihad Airways, visit: www.etihad.com
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