Etihad Cargo has renewed a deal with Trinity Logistics USA that will see the airline continuing to operate three-weekly Boeing 777 Freighter services into Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio.
Originally penned in June 2016, the new multi-year extended partnership allows Trinity to continue to serve the high fashion industry for which it is most renowned, forwarding apparel from Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Hanoi (Vietnam), two of the world’s largest garment exporters, to Columbus Ohio in the US.
In addition to these three-weekly services, the partnership was further expanded to introduce an onward Etihad Cargo freighter connection between Rickenbacker Airport and East Midlands Airport (EMA), in the UK.
Etihad Airways managing director for cargo and logistics services, Abdulla Mohamed Shadid said: “The long-term extension of our agreement with Trinity is an endorsement of the positive working relationship we enjoyed over the past years. It reaffirms Etihad’s commitment to fostering global logistics partnerships, and enhances our network by focusing on key successful trade lanes.”
Rickenbacker International Airport is a growing hub for international trade thanks to its foreign-trade zone status. It provides an ideal gateway for importers and exporters, with approximately half of the US, including the East Coast, California and Texas, and one-third of Canada’s populations within a one-day truck drive.
Trinity Logistics president, David Pereira said: “We are happy to extend our agreement with a likeminded partner in Etihad. Our combined efforts to build a long term sustainable solution for our clients has proved to be a success.”
Etihad Cargo has recently refreshed its strategy, gearing its fleet and network towards key trade lanes that leverage Abu Dhabi’s strategic geographical location, as well as increasing focus on high yielding segments with products like FlightValet (automotive), FlyCulture (arts and music) and TempCheck (pharmaceutical).