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Etihad makes cargo gains

By Staff Reports on June 17, 2014

Etihad Cargo uplifted record cargo tonnage across the globe in April and May, pushing the carrier into the list of top 10 performing global air cargo operators, based on monthly WorldACD carrier rankings.

In April, Etihad Cargo moved 44,730 tonnes of cargo around the world, 30 percent more than in the same period last year.

May saw 48,869 tonnes of freight carried, up 31 percent year over year, and an increase of 9 percent on the previous month.

“The impressive figures for April and May were driven by a combination of factors, including better capacity utilization on routes to and from the Netherlands, United States and India, more bellyhold capacity to and from Munich, New York and Chengdu, enhanced scheduling, optimized connections, and a robust charter business,” Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ chief strategy and planning officer, said. “We also improved our global market share by meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers. Looking ahead, our growth projections for the remainder of 2014 are on track. At the end of this month, we will take delivery of a fourth Airbus A330-200 freighter and, in the second half of 2014, have access to more bellyhold capability when 10 passenger aircraft are added to the fleet, routes to five new passenger destinations are launched, and frequencies to existing points are increased.”