Emirates and Etihad Airways have agreed to extend their collaboration into the cargo segment as well, according to local media reports.
The two UAE-based aviation heavyweights already work together with regard to aviation security and maintenance.
According to Abdulla Mohamed Shadid, managing director of Etihad Cargo, Emirates SkyCargo and Etihad Cargo will continue to operate as separate entities despite the partnership agreement.
Etihad and Emirates signed their first deal together to cooperate in aviation security in 2019. Since then, the two have extended their collaboration to maintenance, repair, and overhaul work, as well as in managing contact centres.
Earlier in the month of September, Emirates’ president Tim Clark said that the carriers’ relationship with Etihad has been good. He also acknowledged further cooperation in back-office operations such as supply chain.
Abdulla Mohamed Shadid told the media, “Emirates is clearly a partner, but if we take that partnership model, we will likely extend that for maybe four or five other carriers globally that will be to complement our network and give us reach beyond our natural network and our own capacity.”
He also pointed out that Etihad Cargo could enter into more partnership agreements in the coming years.
Recently, Etihad Cargo opened a new cargo control centre (CCC) at its head office in Abu Dhabi. The new cargo control centre marks a year since the airline began its digitisation initiative.
The new cargo control centre will serve as a hub for real-time monitoring, tracking and management of all shipments, flights, and UAE road feeder services.
Etihad Cargo and Abu Dhabi Airports will jointly upgrade the Southside Etihad Cargo facilities in multiple phases. The upgrade is scheduled to be completed by the end of the third quarter of 2020.