Etihad adds Boston to its network

Boston flights began on 31MAR24. Image: Etihad Cargo

31MAR24 saw Etihad Cargo’s first Boston flight take off from Abu Dhabi, thus opening the door to its fourth U.S. gateway destination and taking the tally of its U.S. services up to 33 flights per week. Boston will be served four times a week, bringing 50 tons of weekly cargo space onto the market. Its other cargo hubs are New York (14 flights/week), Washington (daily services), and Chicago (daily passenger flights complemented by a weekly freighter service).

A modern Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner operates on the AUH-BOS route and will mostly transport perishables, medical instruments, pharmaceuticals, and aircraft parts. “Boston is recognized globally as a critical hub for food, pharmaceuticals, and cutting-edge research and development. Etihad Cargo’s expansion into this market is poised to significantly enhance the flow of perishables such as lobsters and seafood, as well as critical pharmaceuticals, including medical devices and oncology treatments, from Boston to Abu Dhabi and the rest of the world,” the release reveals.

In addition to growing its network, Etihad Cargo has also expanded its network with SATS Group member, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), which operates at all of the carrier’s U.S. stations. Working with an experience partner allows Etihad Cargo to offer its premium, tailored products, with the assurance of quality handling. On offer are its CEIV-certified products such as PharmaLife, FreshForward, LiveAnimals and SkyStables.

Stanislas Brun, Vice President of Cargo at Etihad Cargo, said: “The introduction of the Boston route is a strategic expansion of Etihad Cargo’s U.S. network, offering more belly capacity to partners and customers. Boston is an important destination for food and pharmaceuticals, as well as a center for innovation and development. Etihad Cargo’s Abu Dhabi-Boston service will support the region’s export economy, particularly in facilitating the global distribution of its world-class seafood and breakthrough medical products, and further strengthen trade ties between the U.S. and UAE.”

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