Middle East carriers add freighters

Photo: Airbus/H Gousse
Photo: Airbus/H Gousse

Etihad Airways took delivery of an A330-200F (1524) from Airbus, bringing the Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s freighter fleet to a total of ten units.

In addition the the freighters now in its fleet, Etihad has one more 777F and one more A330-200F on order.

Etihad’s neighbor and competitor, Dubai-based Emirates, also recently added a freighter, taking delivery of a 777F (42232) on dry lease from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) . This bring’s Emirates freighter total to thirteen.

Emirates has two more 777Fs on order through lessor DAE.

The Gulf Region’s other two big carriers, Doha-based Qatar Airways, and Jeddah-based Saudia, have not taken delivery of any new freighters in the last month, but both are in the process of expanding their freighter fleets. At the recently concluded Farnborough Air Show, Qatar placed an order with Boeing for four more 777Fs, and Cargo Facts believes that the four 777Fs ordered in June by “Unidentified Customer(s)” are destined for Saudia.

For a more complete analysis of the Gulf Region’s freighter fleets, see Where have all the freighters gone?


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