Ethiopian Airlines receives new cargo plane

Ethiopian Airlines today receives its first B737-8 Freighter, the first of its kind in the Ethiopian Cargo fleet mix.

“The arrival of this new freighter is a significant addition and propels both our capacity and Frequency,” said Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.

“The B-737-800 Freighter will give us a new capability to serve short haul destinations in African and the Middle East more economically which includes the export of Ethiopian meat, fruits and vegetables to the Gulf Region. As per our strategic roadmap, Vision 2025, we will keep introducing new systems and technologies and play an indispensable role to the socio-economic development of Ethiopia and Africa at large,“ he said.

Developed with the industry’s most efficient and reliable technology, the new B737-800 freighter aircraft is the newest member of the freighter family and offers greatest efficiency for the standard-body freighter market. The freighter has a carrying capacity of more than 23 metric tons of payload with excellent operating economics to maximize efficiency for cargo operations.

Operating ten next generation dedicated freighters and with Africa’s largest trans- shipment terminal, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services delivers cargo services spanning across 44 international destinations. The destinations are in Africa, the Gulf, Middle East, Asia, the Americas and Europe, according to the press statement from Ethiopian Airlines.

By 2025, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services envisions to become a full-fledged profit center of Ethiopian Airlines Group with annual revenue of $2 Billion, 19 dedicated aircraft, annual tonnage of 820,000, and 57 international destinations.