Etihad Cargo signs 3-year partnership across 12 major airports

An Etihad Cargo Freighter parked on the tarmac.
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Etihad Cargo has announced a significant strategic partnership agreement with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), a member of the SATS Group.

This collaboration aims to enhance cargo handling services at major international airports across various continents.

The Partnership Agreement

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, announced the recently brokered partnership this week.

The agreement, spanning over three years, entails WFS providing cargo handling services for Etihad Cargo at 12 major international airports.

This collaboration is projected to handle over 150,000 tonnes of cargo annually for the Abu Dhabi-based airline.

Covered Airports

  • EMEAA Region: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Bengaluru, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Madrid, and Paris CDG.
  • North America: New York JFK, Washington Dulles, Boston, and Chicago.
An Etihad Airways Airbus A350F in flight.
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Etihad Cargo serves as a vital link connecting major trade lanes across the globe. Strategically located in Abu Dhabi, it facilitates seamless cargo transportation between Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East.

The airline’s extensive network ensures efficient connectivity to prime cargo markets worldwide.

Range of Services

Since its establishment in 2004, Etihad Cargo has emerged as a leading air cargo carrier, offering an array of cargo products and services.

In addition to general cargo transportation, Etihad Cargo specializes in handling various products including

  • live animals,
  • dangerous goods,
  • valuables and personal effects, and
  • cold chain products for pharmaceuticals and perishables cargoes.
An Etihad Cargo Boeing 777 freighter flies overhead.
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Etihad Cargo Comments

Thomas Schürmann, Head of Cargo Operations & Delivery at Etihad Cargo, emphasized the shared commitment between Etihad Cargo and WFS in delivering high-quality air cargo solutions globally.

“The combination of Etihad Cargo’s expertise in transporting general and specialised cargo and the capabilities of WFS give partners and customers the confidence that their air cargo needs are in the best hands, regardless of where they are in the world.”

This collaboration reflects the confidence that partners and customers have in entrusting their cargo needs to these industry leaders.

Prior History with WFS

The partnership between Etihad Cargo and WFS dates back to 2005, highlighting a longstanding relationship marked by mutual growth and trust.

Mohammed Esa, Global Head, Gateway Services Key Accounts & Strategy, SATS Group, expressed gratitude for Etihad Cargo’s continued trust in WFS.

“As well as renewing existing contracts with WFS, this new agreement adds more key airport stations to the important work we do for the airline, including Amsterdam, Bengaluru, Barcelona, Boston, Copenhagen and Chicago.”

“Being awarded responsibility for providing cargo handling services at so many major cargo airports highlights WFS’s ability to provide global network solutions to our strategic customers,” he said.


Since its establishment in 2004, Etihad Cargo has grown rapidly to become one of the leading air cargo carriers in the world.

Etihad has been a fast-growing cargo handling customer of WFS since the two organisations signed their first cargo handling agreement in Frankfurt in 2005.

This extension of their partnership signifies WFS’s ability to consistently deliver high levels of service across major cargo airports.

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