Etihad Cargo launches luxury car service for summer 2016
Etihad Cargo has launched a unique, new travel offer for guests who want to travel with their luxury car over the Summer period.
Drivers can enjoy up to 20% off air cargo rates and their seat, when they book in First or Business Class. The cargo section for the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates is also offering additional services this year, arranging hotel accommodation and having the car delivered straight to the driver’s doorstep.
The offer is now available from Abu Dhabi to European destinations including Amsterdam, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris and Zurich.
David Kerr, senior vice president of Etihad Cargo, said: “Through our use of a mixed fleet of aircraft, we have a range of options that enable us to transport cars in the hold including some of the new additions to our fleet such as the Airbus 380s.
“We have several years of experience in transporting vehicles for manufacturers to luxury car markets around the world and will aim to provide a first class service for those clients who are looking to take their vehicles with them to Europe during the Summer.”
With upgrades and expansions having been made to the passenger fleet, it is possible to move vehicles in the belly-hold of Etihad’s aircraft such as the Airbus 380. This also provides guests with access to The Residence, the world’s first three-room private suite on a commercial aircraft, which is served by a personal Butler.
For cities such as Dusseldorf and Zurich, guests are able to experience the Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which also features the airline’s highly acclaimed next-generation interiors with Business Studios and Economy Smart Seats.
The number of cars transported has been steadily rising over the last few years and Etihad Cargo carried hundreds of automobiles during 2015. With additional aircraft and supporting services being added to the fleet this year, the cargo team is aiming to increase those numbers during 2016.
The category of cars being transported has included F1 cars, Super Sport cars as well as luxury car brands such as Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini. The airline’s links to Formula 1 are extensive and are underscored by the company’s sponsorship of the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.