• Etihad Cargo Expands Cooperation Partnership with SF Airlines to Boost Connectivity between Mega Hubs of Abu Dhabi, and Ezhou, Shenzhen Cities of China
  • Etihad Cargo and SF Airlines agree to launch a new freighter service between Shenzhen, the tech city of China, and Abu Dhabi to boost cargo connectivity and capacity between China, the UAE.
  • Robert Zhang, Commercial Director of SF Airlines, says, “We are excited to announce that the cooperated routes between Etihad Cargo and SF Airlines.
  • Stanislas Brun, Vice President Cargo of Etihad Cargo, states, “By expanding this strategic partnership with SF Airlines, Etihad Cargo’s partners and customers will have greater access to strategic markets in China, the UAE

By: Muhammad Arif

ABU DHABI: Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, and SF Airlines of China have signed cooperation partnership to increase the frequency of flights between their mega hubs, Abu Dhabi and Ezhou, China.

According media reports, Etihad Cargo and SF Airlines will also launch a new freighter service between Shenzhen, the tech city of China, and Abu Dhabi to boost cargo connectivity and capacity between China, the UAE, and other global destinations.

The cooperation deal will commence on 15th July 2024, and Etihad Cargo will operate two freighters between Abu Dhabi and Ezhou, connecting China to its global network through the carrier’s Abu Dhabi hub.

Similarly, SF Airlines will operate an additional freighter from Ezhou, bringing the total number of flights between Abu Dhabi and Ezhou to five per week.

Both the airlines will also launch a new weekly freighter service between Shenzhen and Abu Dhabi, adding a fifth gateway destination to Etihad Cargo’s Chinese network. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, China’s third-largest cargo airport, has been among the world’s top 20 airports by cargo volume since 2021.

The increased frequency of flights between Ezhou of China and Abu Dhabi of UAE, and the introduction of a flight from Shenzhen to Abu Dhabi will provide an incremental capacity of over 200 tonnes, bringing the total weekly available capacity from the partnership to 630 tonnes.

In his remarks on cooperation partnership, Stanislas Brun, Vice President Cargo of Etihad Cargo, stated, “By expanding this strategic partnership with SF Airlines, Etihad Cargo’s partners and customers will have greater access to strategic markets in China, the UAE, and destinations across Etihad’s global network. This ongoing collaboration will contribute to the broader economic and strategic objectives of both the UAE and China.”

Expressing optimism over the deal, Robert Zhang, Commercial Director of SF Airlines, said, “We are excited to announce that the cooperated routes between Etihad Cargo and SF Airlines will expand to six flights per week starting from July, as our two companies celebrate the one-year anniversary of our partnership.”

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