China, India drive Etihad Cargo tonnage growth

Aided by an increased demand from China and India, Etihad Cargo, a division of Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, has registered a record 27 per cent growth at 32,613 tonnes for January this year.

This was 27 per cent higher than 25,600 tonnes carried during the same period of 2012.

Etihad Cargo, in its annual results, reported a tonnage growth of 19 percent for 2012 on the back of a capacity increase of 14 percent in Available Tonnage Kilometres (a measure of an airline's cargo and passenger capacity).

"2012 was a record-breaking year for Etihad Cargo and based on projections, demand will be greater again in 2013. The impressive tonnage figures for January were driven largely by increased demand into and out of China and India," Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, Kevin Knight, said.

Knight said the airline’s forecasts point to continued strong demand in key export and import markets such as China and India besides those in Southeast Asia and Europe.

To ensure that capacity stays ahead of demand, Etihad Cargo will take delivery of three additional freighters in 2013 and 2014, comprising one Boeing B777F and two Airbus A330-200F.

The airline currently operates two Boeing B777F, one Boeing 747-400F, two Airbus A330-200F and one Airbus A300- 600F. In total, Etihad Cargo serves 86 destinations across the globe, the company said in a statement.

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