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Etihad Airways to provide strong link between UAE and Canada

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has deepened the strong commercial and cultural ties between UAE and Canada with the launch of a three times a week service between Abu Dhabi and Toronto on 31 October 2006.

The service is operated via Brussels (code share with SN Brussels), and from November 2006 will feature a new purpose-built A330-200 aircraft in a two Zone Pearl and Coral configuration, even better serving the Canadian market needs.

“The UAE is the prime export market for Canada in the Middle East and North Africa. Bilateral trade between the UAE and Canada is expected to double in 2006, thereby increasing demand and further high load factors on the Abu Dhabi - Toronto route” said Ingo Roessler, Vice President Cargo, Etihad Airways.

According to figures from the Canadian Embassy in the UAE, Canada’s exports to the UAE increased by 25 per cent per year since 2001, from C$209 million in 2001 to C$583.3 million in 2005. These exports largely consist of machinery for the oil and gas sector, in addition to the services sector. UAE exports to Canada amounted C$66.2 million in 2005, and consist of metals, machinery and organic chemicals.

The positive trend in the economic relations and the direct service Abu Dhabi – Toronto, also considerable boosted the demand of Etihad Crystal Cargo’s services. Etihad’s cargo division started serving North America in 2004 by appointing Platinum Air Cargo as General Sales and Services Agent (GSSA) for Canada and North America.

”Since the launch of the direct services, we have been able to achieve impressive load factors of up to 100%. Goods being transported out of Canada are primarily pharmaceuticals, machine parts, computer accessories and oilfield equipment targeted for the Middle East and North Africa” said Peter Kenwood, Managing Director, Platinum Air Cargo Canada.

As well as achieving high load factors for cargo, Etihad’s Guest services are also enjoying huge demand. Currently, the Canadian community in the UAE stand at 10,000, and with Etihad’s direct service providing such a success, that level is set to increase during the next few years.

“We are delighted that the Abu Dhabi – Toronto route is so popular with Guests and cargo customers. With the commercial relationship between Canada and the UAE flourishing as it is, we anticipate that these figures will continue to grow impressively,” said Pauli Karbach, Area Manager Canada, Etihad Airways.

Etihad Airways will further expand its Guest and cargo services to North America on 26 October 2006, with the launch of its second-transatlantic route, Abu Dhabi – New York.

The daily, non-stop service to New York’s JFK airport will be operated with one of its new purpose-built Airbus A340-500, offering a cargo capacity of up to 11 tonnes at a full passenger load.

“We are very excited to be increasing our cargo operations to North America. Toronto and New York are two of the most prominent cities in the continent, which illustrates Etihad’s rapid growth into a truly 21st century airline” said Ingo Roessler, Vice President Cargo, Etihad Airways.

Etihad Crystal Cargo’s GSSA for US, Platinum Air Cargo, has recorded nearly 2.7 million kilos on over 4,000 consignments from the US since start of operations in 2004, which have been fed into Etihad’s network via London Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Frankfurt, Toronto with interline partners.


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