Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways will receive its first Boeing 747-8F, in June the biggest aircraft in its nine-plane cargo fleet to be provided in an ACMI deal by Atlas Air Worldwide that will crew, maintain and insure the freighter.
"This deal with Atlas for a Boeing 747-8 freighter reinforces our ability to serve a growing number of customers from around the globe," said Etihad CEO James Hogan.
"Cargo is a growing part of the business. In 2012, it delivered tonnage growth of 19 per cent on the back of a capacity increase of 14 per cent in available tonnage kilometres," he said.
The 747-8F has a payload of 138 tonnes and a range of 5,000 miles, will join the active fleet in June, reported Atlanta area Air Cargo World.
This is the second ACMI agreement between Atlas Air and Etihad, complementing an existing lease agreement signed for a Boeing 747-400 freighter in May 2012, said the report.
Said Atlas CEO William Flynn: "Together with our global operations and our reliable, high-quality service, Etihad now has additional flexibility to take advantage of market opportunities."