Etihad Airways has signed a multi-year Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance (ACMI) agreement with Atlas Air Worldwide to provide the UAE flag carrier with its first Boeing 747-8 freighter. The full liveried Etihad Cargo Boeing 747-8 freighter will enter service with the carrier in June and will be the largest in its growing freighter fleet. The aircraft has a payload capacity of 138 tons and a range of more than 8,000 kilometres.
This is the second such ACMI agreement between Atlas Air and Etihad Airways, complementing an existing lease agreement signed for a Boeing 747-400 freighter in May 2012. The delivery will take Etihad Cargo’s freighter fleet to nine aircraft. From June the airline will also operate three Boeing B777F, one Boeing 747-400ERF, one Boeing 747-400F and three Airbus A330-200F.