By Andy Sambidge
Abu Dhabi carrier announces Etihad Kabayan Box for flights between UAE and Manila
Etihad Cargo, a division of Etihad Airways, said on Monday it has launched a service dedicated to Filipinos living in the UAE.
The Etihad Kabayan Box is a personal freight service for the 500,000-strong Filipino expatriate community living in the country.
Available from Monday, the new service will allow Filipinos to send up to 20 kilos and up to 50 kilos by air to the capital of the Philippines, Manila.
While the service is for personal belongings only, there is no restriction on the number of Etihad Kabayan Boxes that may be booked, the airline said in a statement.
Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways' chief strategy and planning officer, said: "Etihad Airways flies twice daily from Abu Dhabi to Manila and the new service is ideally suited to the Filipino expatriate community based in the UAE who want to take more luggage with them to their home country, or send gifts to family and friends in the Philippines."
Grace Relucio Princesa, Philippine Ambassador to the UAE added: "We welcome Etihad Airways' entry into the balikbayan box market. More players means more options. The balikbayan box is one way of keeping families close and I am sure Etihad Airways will be able to provide this service at a very competitive rate."
Customers wishing to use the new service can bring the contents they wish to send by Etihad Kabayan Box to four agency partners across the UAE.
The Abu Dhabi-based agency partners are the Omeir Travel Agency and the Abu Dhabi Cargo Company while Asia Express Shipping Agency and Cargo Partners will operate in Dubai.