Etihad Cargo flies record tonnage in July
Abu Dhabi, August 6, 2012
UAE national carrier Etihad Airways said its cargo division had posted record monthly figures for July with the network volumes hitting 33,000 tonnes, up 18 per cent over the same period last year.
The figures surpass a previous month record of 31,700 tonnes which Etihad Cargo carried in March 2012, the Abu Dhabi airline said in its statement.
The company's total revenues for the month were up four per cent on June and up eight per cent on the corresponding period the previous year.
Last month Etihad Cargo reported strong first half results, with its tonnage rising 21 per cent to touch 175,000 tonnes.
Commenting on the performance, Etihad Airways chief planning and strategy officer, Kevin Knight, said: “We’ve seen a good recovery in business from Europe after the second quarter. Also, the capability of our fleet with the addition of the 747-400 freighter has enhanced our overall schedule flexibility, and helped support significant project work in what was also a record month for our charter team.'
“Business across and through the Middle East has remained strong into Ramadan,' he stated.
The new routes, he said, including the recently-launched 6-times a week passenger service to Lagos and new freighter service to Dammam have broadened Etihad's reach for its customers.
“Looking ahead, we expect to maintain strong freight performance over the third and fourth quarters of 2012,” he added.
Etihad Cargo currently operates a fleet of six freighters comprising an Airbus A300-600F, two Airbus A330-200F, one McDonnell Douglas MD-11F, one Boeing B777F and one Boeing B747-400F.-TradeArabia News Service