Etihad Airways will deploy its newly delivered Airbus A330-200 Freighter on routes to Africa and China from its Abu Dhabi base from September.

The airline, which is launch customer for the A330-200F, received the first of two Rolls-Royce Trent 700-powered aircraft it has on order during the Farnborough air show.

Chief executive James Hogan says Etihad may order additional A330-200Fs further down the line as Etihad's cargo division evolves. A rebound in the Asia-Pacific freight market has helped the airline lift its freight volume in the first half of 2010 by 12%. The airline also has a Boeing 777F on order as part of a larger deal for passenger versions of the twinjet.

Etihad A330-200F
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Source: Flight International