Etihad Cargo expands China network

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Etihad Cargo has added a fourth gateway destination to its Chinese network with the introduction of freighter flights to Wuhan Tianhe International Airport.

The inaugural flight using a Boeing 747F arrived in Hubei Province on April 29.

With the commencement of weekly freighter services between Abu Dhabi and Wuhan, Etihad Cargo will operate a total of ten freighter services to China, offering an additional 100 tonnes of cargo capacity into the Hubei Province each week.

Etihad Cargo said the new flights between Abu Dhabi and Wuhan will give Etihad Cargo’s partners and customers greater accessibility to 25 domestic Chinese destinations, including Shenzhen, Dongguan, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Nanjing, via SF Airlines’ road feeder service trucking network.

The airline also offers five passenger flights to Shanghai, Beijing Daxing and Guangzhou each week.

This brings the carrier’s total cargo capacity for China to 1,000 tonnes per week, including 850 tonnes of cargo capacity for Shanghai offered via eight weekly freighter services and two passenger flights.

Martin Drew, senior vice president – Global Sales & Cargo, said: “The addition of Wuhan to Etihad Cargo’s Chinese network is the latest step in enhancing the carrier’s capabilities in the region.

“These flights will provide greater connectivity, market access and cargo capacity for Etihad Cargo’s customers, further strengthening the relationship between the UAE and China and positioning Abu Dhabi as a global logistics and express hub.”

Wuhan is the fourth Mainland Chinese destination to be added to Etihad Cargo’s network. The carrier said it will be increasing frequencies to China in the coming months.

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]