its support for a cold chain industry, Etihad Cargo has launched FreshForward
to its growing list of specialised products.
product ensures items such as fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, fish, meat and
flowers move seamlessly across Etihad Cargo’s global network until they reach
their final destination. This would also be responsible for importing
perishable goods to the UAE.
specifically at the Abu Dhabi hub, it prioritises the transfer of perishable
cargo from the aircraft into a dedicated centre, and subsequently onto reefer
trucks to be delivered directly to the customer’s doorstep anywhere in the UAE.
a milestone in the expansion of Etihad’s value chain offering to include
last-mile delivery in its home market for select products.
Mohamed Shadid, managing director cargo and logistics, Etihad Airways, said,
“Etihad Cargo plays a vital role in stimulating the UAE’s imports and exports
via our Abu Dhabi hub, and today we are delighted to introduce yet another
product that will act as a further catalyst to this. Safe, efficient and timely
transport is critical for the UAE’s major importers of fresh produce including
supermarket chains, F&B wholesalers, restaurants and florists.”
Cargo transported over 90,000 tonnes of perishables over the last 12 months.
Fruits and vegetables made up more than 37 percent of the total, whilst meat
(15,000 tonnes), flowers (19,000 tonnes) and fish (8,000 tonnes) were the other
major categories carried by Etihad.
fleet of 109 narrow-body, wide-body and freighter aircraft fly to over 90
destinations globally, and are readily configured for perishable cargo
compatibility, applying the highest levels of quality controls.
Cargo network connects the UAE with key export markets globally, and also
provides seamless transfer in Abu Dhabi for a global cold chain industry that
boasts South American flowers, Indian mangoes and Australian lamb as some of
its key products.
is the latest release in Etihad Cargo’s revised commercial offering to
increasingly address premium product segments.