Freight News, Air

Etihad Airways

[ November 11, 2015   //   ]

Etihad Airways is taking delivery of two Boeing 777 freighter aircraft. The decision to exercise the options, which were part of Etihad Airways’ historic $67 billion mixed fleet order for 199 aircraft in 2013, was unveiled on the opening day of the Dubai Air Show.

The additional aircraft, valued at $637 million at list prices, are due for delivery next year. They will be part of Etihad Cargo, the airline’s freighter arm, which currently operates three Boeing 777Fs, three Boeing 747s and four Airbus A330s. Etihad Cargo serves 11 freighter-only destinations worldwide from its Abu Dhabi hub and has freighter capacity on Etihad Airways’ fleet of 109 passenger aircraft.

Etihad Cargo is an integral part of Etihad Airways’ business worth over $1 billion last year with 568,000 tonnes of freight carried, up 17% on 2013.

Etihad Airways’ wide network of cargo-only destinations includes include Houston, Guangzhou, Bogota, Chittagong and Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo, with more routes planned next year.

Etihad Cargo has been recognised by leading international freight publications with a number of awards this year, including Best Cargo Airline Middle East, Cargo Operator of the Year and Cargo Airline of the Year.