Etihad Cargo-SF Express for more parcel traffic
With an expansion of its agreement with SF Airlines, the carrier arm of China’s second-largest courier, SF Express, Etihad Cargo is hoping for more parcel traffic. The deal saw the launch of bi-weekly freighter services between Abu Dhabi and Wuhan Tianhe in Hubei Province. The pair last week signed an MoU to explore more opportunities, such as flights to cargo focused Ezhou Huahu Airport, which currently serves Chinese domestic operators, and increased frequencies to Wuhan. Antonoaldo Neves, CEO, Etihad, said: “As the UAE’s national carrier, Etihad Airways is committed to supporting Abu Dhabi’s vision of becoming a global logistics and express hub. The pact between Etihad Airways and SF Airlines will contribute to achieving the emirate’s ambitious strategic plans. Etihad Cargo looks forward to expanding the agreement between the two airlines to benefit the partners and customers of the two airlines.” In fact, Emirates is expanding in general – at the beginning of the month, it said it was looking to buy 100 to 150 more aircraft and already has 200 on order.