There’s something special about travelling with a loved one – especially if your loved one happens to be a supercar. That’s why Etihad Cargo, the freight division of the UAE’s national carrier, is making a noise about its special summer offer. Drivers are now entitled to 20% off air cargo rates and their seat, when they book in First or Business Class and send their beloved motor to the same destination. The airline is also offering additional services this year, arranging hotel accommodation and having the car delivered straight to the driver’s doorstep at various A380 destinations, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris and Zurich.
“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,” said David Kerr, Senior Vice President of Etihad Cargo. “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.”
Once the passenger has booked the car and flight package, a customer agent will collect the car and flight details as well as offer an array of services; from door to door delivery to export, custom clearance and hotel accommodation. The special offer is running until September 30 2016. With upgrades and expansions having been made to the passenger fleet, it is possible to move vehicles in the bellyhold 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. Etihad announced that the number of cars transported has been steadily rising in recent years with Etihad Cargo carrying hundreds of luxury automobiles in 2015 alone.