Etihad Cargo adds Washington DC to network
Etihad Cargo, the freight division of the UAE flag carrier, has added Washington DC to its global cargo network.
It has also boosted frequency to Hong Kong courtesy of strategic partner Air Seychelles, Etihad Cargo said in a statement.
The US capital is Etihad Cargo's fifth destination in North America, while Hong Kong is already part of the carrier's five-destination Greater China cargo network.
The news follows the launch of passenger services from Abu Dhabi to both cities in recent weeks.
Kevin Knight, chief strategy and planning officer at Etihad Airways, said: "Our cargo network continues to expand and with the addition of bellyhold capacity to Washington DC and an overall increase in cargo capacity to Hong Kong, we believe these new operations will strengthen cargo services both east and west for our customers."
Etihad Airways has deployed an Airbus A340-500 aircraft to operate the daily Abu Dhabi-Washington DC route, while Air Seychelles has scheduled its Airbus A330-200 aircraft to fly the three times a week service between the Indian ocean archipelago and Hong Kong.
Etihad Cargo already offers daily bellyhold cargo capacity from Chicago and New York to Abu Dhabi, and three times a week from Toronto to Abu Dhabi.
In addition, Etihad Cargo offers a twice-weekly freighter service from Houston to the UAE capital.
Etihad Cargo serves 86 destinations internationally and operates a fleet of seven aircraft.
To ensure capacity stays ahead of demand, Etihad Cargo said it will take delivery of three additional freighters in 2013 and 2014.