operator, reports that July 2011 saw a record operational month for the Airbus A300-600RF,
operated under an ACMI ( Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance & Insurance) agreement by Etihad Crystal
The aircraft, operated by the award-winning carrier since June 2009, reached an unprecedented
level of 638 hours during July 2011. This represented a fourteen per cent increase over other recent
months, primarily due to the airline increasing its charter requirement and the aircraft flying to new
destinations such as Vienna, Damascus, Baghdad and Khartoum.
Maximus Air Cargo President and CEO, Fathi Hilal Buhazza says this was the highest ever aircraft
utilization from Etihad in a single month and gave Maximus’ resourcing capabilities a stern test –
which the company was more than up to.
“The fourteen per cent over- utilisation of the aircraft is fantastic news for Etihad and confirms
that the freight market is showing strong signs of recovery,” he said. “The ability of Etihad to cost
effectively and effortlessly meet the increased demand is testimony to the excellent working
relationship we have together.
“Already the Middle East’s largest all-cargo operator, Maximus is also a pioneering ACMI leasing
“In this instance we were able to call on our extensive crew and Air Operating Certificate, to ensure
Etihad retained its high dispatch reliability, supported by a comprehensive maintenance and spare
parts service, while at all times focusing on reducing operating costs so as to deliver to Etihad
operational reliability and optimum profit margins.”