Etihad Cargo, SF Airlines ink deal to expand network
Etihad Cargo has reinforced its commitment to the Chinese market by signing an MoU with China’s SF Airlines. As per the pact, both carriers will start operating flights via their respective fleets to the other carrier’s hub in April, which will enable the UAE’s national carrier to expand its reach into China via SF Airline’s extensive in-country network.
The new partnership will provide Etihad Cargo’s customers with greater connectivity to 25 domestic destinations in China via SF Airlines’ road feeder service trucking network, enhancing Etihad Cargo’s capabilities in the region.
In February 2023, the carrier launched an additional direct freighter service to Shanghai, increasing the total number of freighter flights per week to eight. This agreement is the latest step by Etihad Cargo in expanding its operations in China and will see the carrier utilizing SF Airlines’ Chinese network to transport cargo to other destinations in China via the Chinese carrier’s Hubei Province mega hub.
Etihad Cargo will operate the flights on a Boeing 777 freighter, with services commencing on 28 April 2023 in line with this partnership. Martin Drew, Senior VP, Global Sales & Cargo, Etihad Airways, said, “Etihad Cargo is committed to establishing partnerships that add value to customers across the supply chain.
Strengthening the connection between Abu Dhabi and one of SF Airlines’ major Chinese hubs will enable Etihad Cargo’s customers to benefit from SF Airlines’ exhaustive distribution capabilities of SF Airlines thereby benefiting Etihad Cargo’s global network for its express product.” Li Sheng, Chairman, SF Airlines, said, “SF Airlines is excited that it can work together with Etihad Cargo to connect hubs and strengthened the network of both airlines. SF Airlines is looking forward to this cooperation, which will offer good value to customers.”