Etihad Airways announced it had ordered its first Boeing 747-400 Freighter from Atlas Air this week.
The aircraft, with a payload capacity of 124 tonnes, will be used by Etihad Cargo to transport fresh produce, machinery and garments on routes to and from Africa, Europe, India and China, via its Abu Dhabi hub.
Atlas is a global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services and the contract with Etihad Airways is for one aircraft under a multi-year Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance (ACMI) agreement. Delivery is scheduled for June 2012.
The delivery will take Etihad Cargo’s fleet to six aircraft. The airline already operates a Boeing B777F, two Airbus A330-200F, one Airbus A300-600F and a McDonnell Douglas MD-11F.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways president and chief executive officer, said: “In Atlas Air, we have found a first-rate partner focused on operational excellence, security and outstanding customer service. We look forward to a rewarding relationship that leverages each of our expertise to grow global trade.”
Etihad Airways has an additional four freighters scheduled for delivery in 2013 and 2014; two Boeing B777F and two Airbus A330-200F.
William Flynn, president and chief executive officer of Atlas Air Worldwide, added: “We are delighted to add Etihad Airways to our portfolio of ACMI customers. Atlas Air has the largest and most modern fleet in our industry, with a mix of cargo and passenger aircraft, serving customers who are leaders in their markets.
“Etihad Airways takes pride in providing reliable, high-quality service across its expanding international route network. We look forward to welcoming not only a new customer for Atlas Air, but also future opportunities for strategic expansion for both companies.”