Etihad Cargo has taken delivery of its 11th freighter, a Boeing 777, to enter commercial services on 1 March.
The Abu Dhabi airline has three Boeing 777 Freighters, three Boeing 747 Freighters and four Airbus A330 Freighters, in addition to access to bellyhold capacity on over 100 passenger aircraft. The 777F will be equipped with nine seats to carry additional grooms for its Sky Stables programme for high value equine movements.
Etihad Airways chief strategy and planning officer, Kevin Knight says: “The additional freighter gives us the opportunity to expand our specialist cargo services and grow our market share.”
Boeing Commercial Airplanes senior vice president for sales, Middle East, Russia and Central Asia, Marty Bentrott says: “We are proud to have the 777 Freighter play a key role in Etihad Cargo’s fleet as it continues to strengthen and expand its cargo operations around the world.”
At the Dubai Airshow in November 2015, Etihad said it would take delivery of two additional 777Fs, as part of the $67 billion, 199 aircraft fleet upgrade announced in 2013. The two additional aircraft are valued at $637 million, with the second due to arrive in March.