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Etihad aims to double cargo traffic in 2006

Etihad Crystal Cargo aims to carry 150,000 tonnes of cargo in calendar year 2006.

Etihad Crystal Cargo, the air freight division of Etihad Airways, aims to carry 150,000 tonnes of cargo in calendar year 2006. The figure would represent more than double the 70,000 tonnes that was carried in 2005.

“In a very short period of time Etihad Crystal Cargo has developed a global reputation for transparency of information, connectivity and customer service,” said Ingo Roessler, vice president cargo, Etihad Airways. “This is also taking place right across the Etihad brand where the airline is raising the standards to guests and cargo customers, providing them with a truly 21st century service.”

By the end of July, Etihad said it had carried 66,000 tonnes in the year to date. With what it feels are the strongest months of the year still ahead, the division is confident of reaching its stated annual target.

Next year, Roessler says Etihad Crystal Cargo aims to move in excess of 200,000 tonnes.

Etihad Crystal Cargo revealed its plans at September’s Air Cargo Forum in Calgary, Canada, where it was celebrating its second birthday. Although Etihad Airways began cargo services in January 2004, Etihad Crystal Cargo was not formally launched until September that year.

The division now operates a fleet of three Airbus A300-600F aircraft on scheduled and charter services. Future growth will be supported by the planned expansion of the cargo facilities at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

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