Etihad flies record monthly tonnage in Sept
Abu Dhabi, October 12, 2013
Etihad Cargo, a unit of the UAE flag carrier, has registered a 42 per cent growth in its monthly uplift figures for September which rose to 45,175 tonnes from 31,826 tonnes last year.
"This is the biggest monthly tonnage Etihad Cargo has ever carried across its network, and that’s a reflection of improved capacity utilisation on our freighter fleet, more cargo in the bellyhold of our passenger aircraft, greater synergies with our global partners, and, importantly, a well-performing charter business,” remarked Etihad Airways’ chief strategy and planning officer Kevin Knight.
The carrier flew 77 charter missions in the month, up 185 per cent over 27 charters in September last year.
The notable operations included routing 200 tonnes of humanitarian and food aid from Abu Dhabi to Ouagadougou in West Africa, and transporting racing cars and spares from the UK and Italy to Singapore, then onwards to Seoul, South Korea.
The airline also performed a number of VIP cargo charters, said the top official.
Strong demand out of Hong Kong, China, India and Germany played a role in Etihad Cargo carrying the record loads to and from its Abu Dhabi hub, said Knight.
“A key driver in cargo continuing to perform well is down to us getting closer to our customers, understanding their challenges, and coming to them with competitive solutions, on routings they want, while adding value to their businesses,” he stated.
On the 2013 outlook, Knight said the fourth quarter was positive, helped by the integration of subsidiary Etihad Airport Services – Cargo into the business, which would continue to deliver benefits for Etihad Cargo as well as other new freighter operators through Abu Dhabi.
“Looking ahead to the end of Q4, we expect to see higher than average seasonal load factors,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service