Etihad Airways to expand mutual pact with SF Airlines
Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, has welcomed senior leaders from China’s SF Airlines to Abu Dhabi to review the reciprocal block space agreement between the duo announced earlier and explore opportunities to expand it further. During the visit, Etihad Airways and SF Airlines entered an expanded MoU recently to cement their commitment to strengthen ties and cooperate cooperating to increase cargo capacity between China and the rest of the world via Etihad Cargo’s hub in Abu Dhabi. In April 2023, Etihad Cargo and SF Airlines signed a reciprocal capacity agreement to connect their respective networks. The new partnership saw the launch of two weekly freighter services between Abu Dhabi Airport and Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in the Hubei Province of China and added a fourth Chinese gateway destination to Etihad Cargo’s expanding global network. The new flights have given Etihad Cargo’s partners and customers greater accessibility to 25 more domestic Chinese destinations, including Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Chengdu, and Nanjing. SF Airlines, via the agreement, has expanded its Middle Eastern footprint and benefits from Etihad Cargo’s global network. Plans include expanding cooperated flights to Ezhou Huahu Airport, China’s first cargo-focused airport. This move would make Etihad Airways the first international airline other than SF Airlines to operate flights to the airport.