Thursday, May 2, 2013

Etihad Airways to introduce Boeing 747-8 Freighter into fleet

A technical drawing of the Etihad Cargo 747-8 Freighter
A technical drawing of the Etihad Cargo 747-8 Freighter

Etihad Airways has signed a multi-year Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance (ACMI) agreement with Atlas Air Worldwide to provide the UAE flag carrier with its first Boeing 747-8 Freighter.

The full liveried Etihad Cargo Boeing 747-8 Freighter will be the largest in the carrier’s growing freighter fleet.  The aircraft has a payload capacity of 138 tons and a range of more than 8,000 kilometres.

This is the second such ACMI agreement between Atlas Air and Etihad Airways, complementing an existing lease agreement signed for a Boeing 747-400 Freighter in May 2012.

The delivery will take Etihad Cargo’s freighter fleet to nine aircraft.  From June the airline will also operate three Boeing B777F, one Boeing 747-400ERF, one Boeing 747-400F and three Airbus A330-200F.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “Cargo is one of our key strategic pillars and a growing part of the business.  In 2012, it delivered tonnage growth of 19 per cent on the back of a capacity increase of 14 per cent in available tonnage kilometres.

“This deal with Atlas for a Boeing 747-8 Freighter reinforces our ability to serve a growing number of customers from around the globe.

“As we continue to add depth and scale to our cargo operations we look forward to fully leveraging the aircraft’s capability and efficient cost base to grow our reach, and facilitate global trade into, out of, and through the UAE.”

Atlas is the only ACMI provider in the world to offer the Boeing 747-8F aircraft to its customers.


  1. Congratulations for Etihad airline. Hoping to have some cooperation with EgyptAir for extensions in African roots.

  2. Boeing 747-800 is a pure beauty....glad to see 747 on the sky for so many years to come.

  3. Sunil Zephaniah KanaparthiMay 8, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    After capturing a share of 24% from Jet Airways in India, it is nice to hear that Etihad is not only targeting the passenger market, it is also augmenting their capacity by adding in more freighters. This really proves that the airline has an effective "Marketing Strategy" to grow at a faster pace.


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