Miami International Airport (MIA) welcomed the first weekly Boeing 777F flight by Etihad Cargo on 7 November.
The new scheduled freighter flights, make a stop in Columbus, Ohio before continuing to Miami, Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi.
The route launch makes Miami the airline’s third US cargo route and fourth in the Western Hemisphere, joining Columbus, Tucson and Bogota. Etihad Cargo’s entry into the Miami market now also gives MIA two all-cargo routes into the Middle East region.
Etihad Cargo is the fourth carrier to launch freighter service at MIA this year. In February, Qatar Airways launched two weekly cargo flights from Doha and Miami, with stops in South America and Europe; Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM commenced 10 weekly flights from Cancun in March; and TACA Peru began four weekly freighter flights from five South American cities in August.
Miami-Dade aviation director, Emilio T. González says: “Congratulations to Etihad Cargo on their successful launch at MIA, which will further increase our trade with both Europe and the Middle East.
“Their new route is yet another significant milestone in our strategic plan to expand into untapped regions of the world.”
Etihad Cargo senior vice president, David Kerr adds: “We are pleased to offer main-deck capacity on this burgeoning trade route for businesses from Miami-Dade County and beyond to the Middle East. Miami International Airport, with its excellent connections to South America and its modern infrastructure, is an ideal destination for Etihad Cargo.”
Etihad Cargo operates a 10 all-cargo aircraft that fly scheduled service to Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent and Africa and parent Etihad Airways operates a massive belly network.