Etihad has withdrawn its entire A332F cargo fleet from service and placed the aircraft in storage. The move seems to be part of a mahor company restructure as the airline continues to suffer financial issues from its aborted Strategic Partnership programme, now seen as total disaster. Its main investments, Alitalia and AirBerlin are either in bankruptcy or have completely collapsed, along with Darwin in Switzerland.
Removing the five A330-200Fs – one of which is known to be leased from Altavair AirFinance – has left the Abu Dhabi-based carrier with just five 777F’s active.
A6-ACA,B, D & E are all in storage with three of the planes are being stored at Abu Dhabi International, the other two at Al Ain International.
The carrier has been operating A330Fs since late 2010, with the last one of the fleet coming into service only 11 months ago. The aircraft were removed from service between 28th December and 11th January.
The only 744F was returned to Atlas Air in February 2017, and the only 748F before that.