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ABU DHABI: September 27, 2018. Etihad Cargo is to use five B777 freighters in a re-vamp of its air cargo network that will focus on core trade lanes between Abu Dhabi and select markets in Asia, Europe and the US.

Etihad Cargo B777FThe airline says it plans to increase existing B777 freighter frequencies to key markets in China and India, adding one weekly rotation each to Shanghai (x5) and Chennai (x3) while at the same time terminating service to Nairobi citing “weakening demand and market behaviours that rendered other core markets more attractive to serve”.

The carrier will continue to provide multiple weekly frequencies to Amsterdam (x3), Frankfurt (x3), Columbus Ohio (x3), Hong Kong (x2), Hanoi (x2), Mumbai (x2), Dhaka (x2), East Midlands (x2), Dammam (x2), Delhi (x1), Bangalore (x1) and Chittagong (x1).

In addition to starting service to Barcelona on November 28, the airline is also offering incremental lower-deck cargo capacity to and from Abu Dhabi and Singapore, Toronto, Cairo, Bangalore,

Etihad Airways managing director Cargo and Logistics Abdulla Mohamed Shadid explained: “The new network will ensure we maximise the cargo flows between main deck cargo and belly-hold capacity on our fleet of passenger jets that service our global network.”

The new schedule begins October 01 and includes ad-hoc freighter capacity to meet peak-season demand in the last quarter of this year.

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