Etihad Rail signs MoU with National Air Cargo
Etihad Rail has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with National Air Cargo, a leading freight solutions provider specialising in multimodal sea-to-air transportation.
The agreement will see National Air Cargo incorporating rail transport into its offerings to meet the needs of its clients the UAE as well as in Gulf markets via Etihad Rail's connection to the GCC-wide railway network.
Signed by Etihad Rail CEO Dr Nasser Al Mansoori and Jacob Mathew, president - Asia and board member of National Air Cargo, the MoU will allow for the diversification of the range of business solutions available to National Air Cargo's clients, with freight-forwarding capabilities to now include a mix of sea, air and rail transport.
Al Mansoori said: "Etihad Rail aims to provide UAE businesses with customised rail transport solutions that are cost effective and efficient, ultimately simulating economic growth.
"The MoU with National Air Cargo will enable businesses to meet the needs of this changing market, allowing them to remain competitive through tailored freight solutions and to take advantage of the benefits of that rail offers."
Mathew added: "National Air Cargo has established itself as a leading operator in the UAE, which is increasingly becoming an important logistics hub for the region, and our global experience has instilled a solid understanding of the benefits of integration with rail networks.
"The agreement with Etihad Rail is not only aligned with our growth strategy for the region, but it also allows us to contribute to the burgeoning logistics industry in the UAE."
Upon completion, the Etihad Rail network, which will cater to both freight and passengers, will span approximately 1200 kilometres across the emirates. The network will also form a vital part of the GCC railway network, linking the UAE to Saudi Arabia via Ghweifat in the west and Oman via Al Ain in the east.?