Etihad Airways has signed a contract with Atlas Air, Inc to attain its first Boeing 747-400 Freighter.
The aircraft, which can carry a payload of 124 tons, will be used by Etihad Cargo to transport goods on routes to and from Africa, Europe, India and China via its Abu Dhabi hub. Delivery and commencement of operations are scheduled for June 2012.
The contract is for one aircraft under a multi-year Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance agreement. The new freighter will bring Etihad Cargo’s fleet to six.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and CEO, commented: “In Atlas Air, we have found a first-rate partner focused on operational excellence, security and outstanding customer service.”
William J Flynn, President and CEO of Atlas Air Worldwide, added: “We look forward to welcoming not only a new customer for Atlas Air, but also future opportunities to strategic expansion for both companies.”