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Press article fom  08.09.2010

Airbus A330-200F lands at hahn-airport for the first time

58.8 metres long x 60.3 metres wide (ca. 193 x 198 ft) are the vital statistics of the new freight version of the modern and efficient A300-200F Airbus. The first owner of this new type of aircraft is the cargo airline Etihad Crystal Cargo from the United Arab Emirates who first landed this impressive aircraft at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport on 8th September. Hahn is also the first European airport to which the A300-200F is operating scheduled flights

"We are proud to not only be the first German but also the first European airport privileged to welcome this modern Airbus on a regular basis from today," says Udo Preißner, the marketing and sales manager of Hahn Airport, of the aircraft's maiden flight to Germany. "We are looking forward to working with Etihad," he continues. The twin-engine Etihad A300-200F can transport up to 64 metric tons of cargo, flying up to 7,400 kilometres (4,000 miles) non-stop. The new freighter thus has a slightly higher payload than the previous A300 cargo model and also a longer range and lower operating costs. Its maximum take-off weight (MTOW) is 233 metric tons. Etihad Crystal Cargo has been flying its fleet of A300-600Fs and MD-11Fs regularly to Hahn since 2007, carrying high-quality automobile and machine components to and from Germany, for example. As the launch customer of this new type of cargo aircraft, Etihad took delivery of the first of its two ordered planes at the Farnborough Airshow in Great Britain in July, flying them to Abu Dhabi from their place of manufacture Toulouse in France in the middle of August. In adding to its fleet of freighters Etihad Crystal Cargo hopes to boost its cargo business. With its additional capacities the United Arab Emirate airline aims to increase its activities in both Europe and Asia in particular.

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