Etihad's cargo unit plans new routes, upgrades

Etihad to add capacity to five routes and launch new destinations.


Etihad Crystal Cargo, the freight division of the Abu Dhabi-based airline, said on Tuesday it will add capacity on five routes next month as well as launching new destinations.

It said in a statement that its summer schedule reflects a significant investment in capacity, a number of frequency increases, new freighter routings and destinations.

From June, Etihad Cargo's freighter fleet of nine aircraft will operate additional frequencies from Abu Dhabi to Benghazi, Dhaka, Frankfurt, Guangzhou and Khartoum.

A new weekly route to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, will also start in June, complementing the existing weekly service to Dammam, the carrier said.

It added that a new weekly freighter routing will also start to Vienna next week, while a twice weekly freighter operation to Singapore and Sydney will be added.

This brings the total worldwide Etihad Cargo network to 89 destinations, eight of which are freighter only (Benghazi, Eldoret, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Houston, Kabul, Sharjah, Vienna).

Kevin Knight, chief strategy and planning officer at Etihad Airways, said: "Our cargo network continues to expand, and with the addition of new main deck operations to Riyadh, Sydney and Vienna we are significantly adding to the scale of our global operations and linking many parts of the world via our Abu Dhabi hub."

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