Etihad Cargo takes on SkyWheels with new automotive transport service

Aptly called FlightValet, a new product is designed to help streamline the process of transporting motor vehicles around the world and will directly compete with Emirates SkyCargo's 'SkyWheels' product.
Outside of its regular clientele, FlightValet is expected to offer new opportunities for both car dealers and manufacturers to deliver their products globally with fewer complications.
Outside of its regular clientele, FlightValet is expected to offer new opportunities for both car dealers and manufacturers to deliver their products globally with fewer complications.

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Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, has launch FlightValet, a new product designed to help streamline the process of transporting motor vehicles around the world.

Adding to Etihad Cargo’s ongoing motor transport service, which transports hundreds of high-value vehicles annually, the new product assists customers through the booking process.

Commenting on the launch, Abdulla Mohamed Shadid, Etihad Airways managing director Cargo and Logistics, said: “We are delighted to introduce this new tailored product to the marketplace. Demand from our customers has grown significantly in recent years, and in an effort to improve our service offering, we have introduced vehicle handling capability at key new stations in 2018.”

Outside of its regular clientele, FlightValet is expected to offer new opportunities for both car dealers and manufacturers to deliver their products globally with fewer complications.

In particular, Etihad Cargo has positioned itself to cater to the needs of owners of Italian supercars at Milan Malpensa airport. Vehicles of such type will be transported either on Etihad Airways passenger aircraft or on chartered and scheduled freighter aircraft.

“FlightValet is the latest addition to Etihad Cargo’s suite of high-value products, which includes our arts and musical instruments product FlyCulture, launched last year with the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and our signature pharma and life sciences product TempCheck, to name just a few,” added Mr Shadid.

“This is a key part of our strategy to leverage Abu Dhabi’s natural position as a logistics centre for the world, and drive growth in Air Cargo high-value product segments that diversify our portfolio and reinforce our position as the Air Cargo partner of choice.”

The new service is extremely similar to that offered by Emirates SkyCargo. Emirates SkyWheels – a specialised transportation product for high value automobiles, was launched in 2016.

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