Etihad places A330 freighter orders

Etihad Airways has ordered two more A330-200 freighters in a deal worth US$423 million, the Abu Dhabi carrier said in late-January, adding that the move was aimed at doubling the size of its Airbus fleet. Operating a cargo fleet of seven freighters at present, Etihad Crystal Cargo also has two B777 freighters on order.


Etihad places A330 freighter orders


Etihad Airways has ordered two more A330-200 freighters in a deal worth US$423 million, the Abu Dhabi carrier said in late-January, adding that the move was aimed at doubling the size of its Airbus fleet. Operating a cargo fleet of seven freighters at present, Etihad Crystal Cargo also has two B777 freighters on order.

President and CEO James Hogan said in a statement: “We are strongly committed to building our presence in the cargo sector with Abu Dhabi as our hub to connect global trade lanes.” Etihad Airways, a launch customer for the A330-200F, operates the freighters on routes to Addis Ababa, Almaty, Beijing, Arbil, Frankfurt-Hahn, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Milan and Nairobi.

The latest order is aimed at boosting cargo traffic in the UAE capital, which achieved a 10 per cent growth in 2011 over the previous year, to 481,500 tonnes, according to the Abu Dhabi Airports Company.