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Etihad Crystal Cargo to Expand in Automotive Sector

Etihad Crystal Cargo, the cargo division of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is introducing eight car transporters to its handling facilities, offering its customers state-of-the-art technology for all car shipments.

The first of the transporters, procured from a specialised Dutch company, Van Riemsdijk, arrived at Abu Dhabi International Airport last week, and will provide customers with one of the safest methods of transporting their vehicles.

“Etihad Crystal Cargo is constantly looking at innovative products and services which are tailored to meet the customer’s needs and requirements. The UAE automotive industry is growing year-on-year and Etihad Crystal Cargo is delighted to be satisfying the increasing demand” said Ingo Roessler, Vice President Cargo, Etihad Airways.

The new equipment, which is purpose made to Etihad’s specifications, has a loadable wheelbase of up to 394 cm and can carry any car with a gross weight of up to 3,600 kgs. A built-in loading ramp allows the equipment to be used throughout Etihad’s world-wide network, as well as both freighter and passenger aircraft.

One of the automotive companies which will take advantage of the new transporters is Abu Dhabi Motors which held a joint event with Crystal Cargo at its Abu Dhabi Motors - BMW showroom in Um Al Naar, Abu Dhabi.

“With more people moving to the UAE and purchasing a car, it is vital to the automotive industry that the transporting of cars is done professionally and flexibly. We are looking forward to working together closely with Etihad Crystal Cargo to bring more top-class BMW cars to the UAE,” said Mr. Arno Husselmann, General Manager of Abu Dhabi Motors, Abu Dhabi.

The event was attended by dignitaries, business associates as well as representatives from both Etihad Crystal Cargo and Abu Dhabi Motors – BMW. The new equipment was unveiled with using a Rolls-Royce.

Since the launch of its cargo services in January 2004, Etihad Crystal Cargo transported more than 175 cars on its fleet, which will further dramatically grow with the latest innovation.

The theme of the evening Two Years – Full Speed was chosen to honour the second anniversary of the Etihad Crystal Cargo brand, and the rapid growth of Etihad and its achievements in this short period of time.


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