Etihad Cargo to gives its freighter network a refresh

Etihad Cargo is revamping its global freighter network from 1 October to simplify its route network and maximise the opportunities presented through freighter to belly traffic.

The freight arm of UAE carrier Etihad Airways, will utilise its Boeing 777 Freighter capacity on its core trade lanes to connect its Abu Dhabi hub to particular global markets like Asia, Europe and the US.

Some destinations have been removed from the global network but Etihad has designated a freighter to meet ad-hoc demand during the coming peak season.

The cargo route network 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) as it continues to service to Amsterdam (x3), Frankfurt (x3), Columbus Ohio (x3), Hong Kong (x2), Hanoi (x2), Mumbai (x2), Dhaka (x2), East Midlands (x2), Dammam (x2), Delhi (x1), Bangalore (x1) and Chittagong (x1) on a weekly basis.

Etihad Airways managing director cargo and logistics, Abdulla Mohamed Shadid said: “Etihad Cargo continues to cement its position as a major player in the international air cargo market, leveraging Abu Dhabi’s strategic positioning at the centre of the world’s busiest trade lanes to serve these key markets.

“Our freighters are central to this strategy, and the new network will ensure we maximise the cargo flows between main deck cargo and belly-hold capacity on our strong fleet of passenger jets that service our global network.”