UAE’s Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has emboldened its partnership with Dubai’s dnata, it announced on Monday.
The new agreements align the two UAE-based companies until 2023, with dnata providing warehouse and cargo handling services to 180,000 tonnes of annual air cargo carried across 15 gateways in Etihad Cargo’s global network, a statement said.
Etihad Cargo-dnata alliance will now extend to North America and South Asia Pacific.
dnata has commenced warehouse operations at Canada’s Toronto Pearson airport February 5 onwards, to be followed by Singapore’s Changi airport from May 1 this year.
The new North America and South Asia Pacific agreements are the latest addition to a list of existing Etihad Cargo-dnata warehouse and cargo handling operations covering Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) airports, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia, Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad in Pakistan, and Zurich, Geneva, Manchester, Milan and Amsterdam in Europe, the statement said.
In addition to cargo, dnata provides Etihad Airways with passenger ground and ramp handling services at nine locations worldwide, which have also been extended under the agreement.
Etihad Airways has meted out further contracts to dnata at Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, Zurich, Geneva, Milan, Toronto and New York (below wing).
“Our extended agreements with dnata reinforce a partnership that has grown rapidly during the past decade, and marks a significant milestone between two UAE entities with truly global presence,” said Andre Blech, head of operations and service delivery at Etihad Cargo.
Stewart Angus, divisional senior vice president, international airport operations, dnata added: ”We are delighted to expand our long-standing, successful partnership with Etihad Cargo. We continue to invest in our facilities, equipment and team to deliver best-in-class services for this important customer airline.”