Etihad Cargo expands its United States capacity

LONDON – Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, will further strengthen its commitment to the US market with the introduction of three additional weekly flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) from April 24, 2023.

The additional flights will bring Etihad Cargo’s total cargo capacity to over 600 tonnes from the United States per week.

Flights will be operated with Airbus A350s and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, two of the most efficient in the world, with significantly lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions than previous-generation twin-aisle aircraft.

Martin Drew, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Cargo, Etihad Aviation Group commented on the expansion of US market routes saying:

“The introduction of twice-daily direct flights from our Abu Dhabi hub to New York responds to increased customer demand, and Etihad Cargo will continue to explore opportunities to expand its global network and introduce required capacity,”

“The addition of more flights per day to New York combined with Etihad Cargo’s services to other key US destinations and a comprehensive network of road feeder services will allow Etihad Cargo to fully support its customers in the transport of their freight to online and offline locations throughout this key market.”

Etihad Cargo currently operates 11 weekly flights to John F. Kennedy International Airport, which will increase to 14 weekly flights on April 24, 2023, and daily flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Dulles International Airport, Washington .

Etihad Cargo also operates two dedicated Boeing 777 cargo flights per week to Chicago via Amsterdam, supported by an offline network.

Other market expansions


News of the strengthening of US freight operations for Etihad Cargo followed similar expansions by the freight operator into the Indian and Chinese markets.

During the first week of December 2022, the carrier restored bi-weekly cargo service from Shanghai to Abu Dhabi via Chennai.

This service taps into two other key market sectors; namely India and China. Mr Drew underscored the importance of these two global markets to the UAE, saying at the time, “The Indian market is booming right now.”

“The country’s industrial output is rising and manufacturing output is rebounding, driven by increased production of machinery and equipment, motor vehicles and metals, among others.”

In addition to feeder service from Shanghai via Chennai, India, the carrier has also introduced a new twice-weekly direct service to Guangzhou, China.

With the introduction of this destination to the carrier’s network, Etihad Cargo has become the first international airline to operate long-haul cargo and passenger services to China’s three major gateways – Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou – since the start of the pandemic.

Regarding the expansion of its operations in China, India and now the United States, Etihad Cargo has continuously reviewed its global network, adding destinations and frequencies, and is optimizing the use of freighters to support the routes. key business and customer demand.

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