x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Etihad Cargo agrees Singapore Airlines link-up

The agreement enables Etihad Cargo, a unit of Etihad Airways, to offer capacity to Singapore Airlines Cargo on one of its weekly freighter services from Abu Dhabi to Frankfurt, in addition to access to its cargo network to the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.

Etihad Cargo and Singapore Airlines Cargo have agreed to exchange confirmed cargo capacity on services operated by both airlines from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow and Frankfurt.

The agreement enables Etihad Cargo, a unit of Etihad Airways, to offer capacity to Singapore Airlines Cargo on one of its weekly freighter services from Abu Dhabi to Frankfurt, in addition to access to its cargo network to the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.

Singapore Airlines Cargo will in turn offer cargo capacity on its freighter services to London Heathrow that are operated via Abu Dhabi.

Singapore Airlines Cargo launched a weekly Boeing 747-400 freighter service from Singapore to London Heathrow via Abu Dhabi in June this year. A second freighter service on the same routing is planned to commence on October 31.

“This year we have strengthened our cargo operations by expanding the freighter fleet, launching new destinations, increasing frequencies, and by working with partner carriers such as Singapore Airlines Cargo,” said David Kerr, the Etihad Airways vice president cargo. “We look forward to working with Singapore Airlines Cargo to further enhance cargo access and network connectivity for our respective customers.”

Etihad Cargo’s freighters include three Boeing B777F, one Boeing 747-8F, one Boeing 747-400ERF, one Boeing 747-400F, three Airbus A330-200F, and a remaining freighter delivery – an Airbus A330-200F will arrive in spring 2014.

Last week, it posted record monthly uplift figures of 45,175 tonnes in September from 31,826 tonnes in the same month last year, a 42 per cent increase, the airline said.