By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Etihad Cargo will operate 34 weekly flights, serving 10 markets
Etihad Cargo is adding additional aircraft to bolster its existing fleet of freighters as it works to move cargo and meet the UAE’s import and export needs amid the growing coronavirus pandemic, the company has announced.
In a statement, Etihad Cargo said it was introducing a fleet of Boeing 787-10 aircraft to its pre-existing fleet of Boeing 777 freighters. Each aircraft will provide capacity for 12 lower deck pallets and four containers, carrying up to 45 tons of payload.
It will now operate 34 weekly flights, initially serving 10 markets.
The company’s statement added that the flights will help carry crucial supplies including fruits, vegetables, meat and medical supplies.
“As the national carrier of the UAE, Etihad is working closely with the UAE government to ensure the country is well served and the needs of the people residing in the UAE are unaffected, while continuing to play our role as a facilitator of global trade between the east and west,” said Abdulla Mohamed Shadid, managing director, cargo and logistics, at Etihad Aviation Group.
“In the current environment and as per our leadership’s guidance, it is essential these trade lanes remain open, and with the addition of this capacity we are able to serve those constrained markets that face decreased freight operations, offering a strategic cargo lifeline and supporting the continuity of the global trade ecosystem,” he added.