Etihad Cargo has announced its winter schedule and network plan, which includes new weekly freighter services marking an increased presence in the US and other global markets.
Leading Etihad Cargo’s annual refresh is the enhancement of its freighter services between Abu Dhabi and Columbus, Ohio.
A weekly service, now via Europe to Ohio’s Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK), will be supported by an extensive road feeder network between LCK and other US destinations including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Philadelphia.
The outbound flight will operate via Frankfurt (FRA) and return via Amsterdam Schipol (AMS). Etihad Cargo plans to introduce a second weekly flight to LCK, opening up an additional European gateway before the end of the year.
The LCK freighters are designed to complement existing bellyhold capacity on Etihad’s direct widebody services between Abu Dhabi and major US gateways.
Christel Alaimo has assumed the role of Area Manager for North America to strengthen the operator’s presence in the region.
Abdulla Mohamed Shadid, Etihad Aviation Group’s Managing Director Cargo and Logistics Services, said: “As a strategic addition to our US team, Christel will significantly boost our Stateside operation as an invaluable in-market resource to drive growth across North America and spearhead plans to provide additional connectivity to our customers across the US.”
Etihad Cargo’s updated freighter network also introduces a weekly Boeing 777 Freighter service into Johannesburg’s Tambo International Airport (JNB) from 5 October, which establishes the South African city as a seasonal African gateway ‘hub’ for trade flows of perishables and other goods to and from Europe and Asia.
Additional bellyhold capacity has also been introduced through increased flights between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow Airport (LHR) with a fourth daily frequency confirmed from 27 October, as well as tactical aircraft changes from A380 to Boeing 777 on the second daily frequency to Charles De Gaulle International Airport (CDG).
Etihad Airways will also replace its current Airbus 330 operations on routes to Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK), Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) and Johannesburg (JNB), with a Boeing 787 to further increase additional cargo capacity.
Shadid added: “This season’s network review has allowed us to make key changes to our schedules and routes in response to the evolving market conditions and trade patterns. The refresh ensures we can adequately support demand from our growing and valued customer base.
“The network expansion has been achieved through efficient route streamlining resulting in minor service reductions on some routes without any route cancellations.”