Etihad adds bellyhold capacity to New York

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by Emily Atkins

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, is adding 50 tonnes of belly capacity via four new weekly direct passenger flights to New York.

The flights to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) will begin November 15, 2022. With the addition of these flights, the carrier will offer a total of 11 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and New York.

Martin Drew, senior vice-president global sales and cargo at Etihad Aviation Group, said the additional capacity strengthens US shippers’ connection to the rest of the world via Etihad Cargo’s hub in Abu Dhabi.

Etihad Cargo provides capacity to other destinations in the US via freighter and passenger flights to Chicago and Washington D.C. The carrier operates nine flights per week to Chicago O’Hare International Airport and daily flights to Dulles International Airport, Washington.

The introduction of the additional capacity to Etihad Cargo’s winter schedule brings the total into and out of the US to 1,084 tonnes per week.

The new flights will be operated with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Existing daily services will continue on Etihad’s new Airbus 350 aircraft, which has been deployed on the New York route since June 2022. Etihad Cargo also operates two dedicated Boeing 777 freighter flights per week to Chicago via Europe, supported by an offline network.

Providing additional capacity to New York is the carrier’s latest step to expand operations in the US. Earlier in 2022, Etihad Cargo appointed Caroline Pappas to the role of general manager – Americas.