Etihad to acquire six cargo planes


ETIHAD Airways has announced that it is acquiring a fleet of up to six regional freighters.

The first aircraft, an Airbus A300-600 aircraft fresh from conversion, will be joining the carrier beginning of 2005, a statement from the airline said.
Etihad Airways said it was marking the first anniversary of its inaugural flight. Airline chairman Dr Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan said Etihad Crystal Cargo plans to operate its new all-cargo services to destinations in the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and other Asian target markets. The new aircraft will offer a capacity of up to 47 tonnes payload.
“Etihad Airways wants to capitalise on the tremendous business opportunities in our geographic area,” said Dr Shaikh Ahmed. “The strong growth of the worldwide cargo business and the economic development in the UAE are asking for our investment in this sector of aviation.” The Etihad Airways’ network for passenger and cargo customers now comprises 12 destinations in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. The all-cargo-flights will add several new destinations currently under study.