Etihad Cargo will introduce further 30 tonnes of belly capacity via two new weekly direct passenger flights to Guangzhou, China. This extra capacity will be available from 10 October, and is subject to regulatory approvals.
Etihad Cargo says it will become the first international airline to operate long-haul passenger and cargo services to the top three Chinese gateways since the start of the pandemic. The airline also operates six Boeing 777-200 freighter flights for Shanghai and five dedicated freighter services for Hong Kong per week.
The carrier announced in July that it has introduced direct passenger flights to Beijing, bringing the total number of its direct passenger and freighter flights for China to 15.
Martin Drew, Etihad Aviation Group’s Senior Vice President Global Sales & Cargo, said: “China remains a key strategic market for Etihad Cargo. The Chinese market contributes over 20 per cent of the carrier’s cargo operations, and Etihad Cargo is further reinforcing its commitment to the market by expanding operations into Guangzhou. This is the latest step in Etihad Cargo’s commitment to its customers, providing more capacity along key routes to enable greater cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and China.”
Earlier this year, Etihad Cargo launched a dedicated Mandarin version of the carrier’s website and booking portal, making the booking process easier for customers located in China.