ETIHAD Airways recorded its highest ever cargo volumes last year.
The UAE flag-carrier handled 486,753 tonnes of freight and mail – a hike of 32 per cent in comparison with 2012.
Etihad accounted for 89 per cent of cargo imports, exports and transfers at Abu Dhabi airport last year, a statement says.
“Volumes were boosted by enhancements to the freighter fleet capability and more cargo in the bellyhold of passenger aircraft. Established markets, such as China, Hong Kong and India were top performers, in addition to expanding markets, such as the Netherlands and the United States,” a spokesperson adds.
In 2013, the carrier took delivery of 16 aircraft, including one A330 freighter and two B777fs. The company also added further leased capacity, which included the airline’s first B747-8 freighter.
James Hogan, president and chief executive of Etihad Airways, states: “This has been another game-changing year and once again, the customer was placed at the heart of everything we did. I am excited about what the future holds and look forward to working with all our partners to maximise the return for our shareholder, enable the continued growth and the evolution of Abu Dhabi as an aviation hub."