A China airline and an Etihad cargo company have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). According to an official release from Etihad, “Following the MoU, both carriers will begin operating flights via their respective fleets to the other carrier hub in April, enabling the Eithad carrier to expand its reach into China via the Chinese airline’s extensive in-country network.”
The release added that the partnership would provide greater connectivity for the cargo company’s customers to 25 domestic Chinese locations via the aircraft from China’s road feeder service trucking network, further boosting the cargo company’s regional capabilities.
“The carrier began an additional direct cargo route to Shanghai in February 2023, bringing the total number of freighter flights weekly to eight. With the signing of this MoU, the cargo firm will take the next step in growing its business in China. The carrier will use the network of Chinese airlines to transfer goods to other Chinese cities via the Hubei Province mega hub. In accordance with this collaboration, the cargo company will operate the flights on a freighter, with services beginning on April 28, 2023. “The cargo is committed to establishing partnerships that add value to customers across the supply chain,” a staff member from an airline in Etihad states.
In order for the cargo company’s customers to benefit from the airline from China’s extensive distribution capabilities in China and for the Chinese airline to benefit from the cargo company’s global network for its express product, the connection between Abu Dhabi and the Chinese airline’s major Chinese hubs must be strengthened. The cargo company is dedicated to the country’s bold economic strategy, and this collaboration supports Abu Dhabi’s continued expansion as a significant logistics and express hub for the region.
According to the release, the Chinese airline has China’s largest freight aviation fleet. The cargo company will provide market access to important destinations in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan through the capacity-sharing arrangement with the Chinese airline.