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Etihad takes Airbus cargo jets out of service


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The UAE’s Etihad Airways has grounded its Airbus freighter fleet as the Gulf carrier works on a new strategy following its biggest loss of $ 1.87 billion in 2016, its first loss since 2010, said a report.



The carrier has been reviewing its business since 2016 after billions of dollars spent buying stakes in other airlines failed to deliver substantial returns, said a report in Reuters. Etihad has grounded five A330F jets and has opted to operate an all-Boeing 777 Freighter fleet, the report said. The Abu Dhabi-based airline is considering selling or leasing the Airbus freighters, it said. Reuters also reported that pilots were asked to take unpaid leave on a voluntary basis, for periods as short as one week or as long as 18 months as it reviews its fleet requirements.


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