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Etihad boosts cargo division

Etihad boosts cargo division

Etihad Airways has made a number of key appointments within its Cargo division.

The appointments, all based in Abu Dhabi, come against the backdrop of what has been a very successful year for Etihad Cargo, as tonnage, revenues, routes, product innovation and new fleet arrivals have pushed the UAE flag carrier forward at an impressive pace.

Robert Fordree has been promoted from senior network performance manager to head of cargo handling.

Fordree joined Etihad Cargo’s European operations in 2009 and prior to that worked for well known industry players such as Menzies and Lufthansa Cargo.

He will be responsible for the carrier’s global cargo handling operations and will also work closely with the Abu Dhabi Cargo Company to enhance hub capabilities.

Rory Black has been appointed head of cargo commercial planning and joins Etihad Cargo from Gulf Air.

Black has more than 22 years experience in the aviation industry, both cargo and passenger divisions.

He will lead development of Etihad Cargo’s strategy and manage implementation of key initiatives in product development, e-freight and customer service.

Roberto Casabianca joins Etihad Cargo from British Airways and takes up the role as head of cargo sales.

Casabianca is a seasoned industry professional with 16 years international experience in the cargo business.

He will be responsible for Etihad Cargo’s expanding global sales team, including the Key Account Programme, the industry vertical segment (pharmaceuticals, valuable goods, perishable commodities) as well as independent forwarder networks.