Ethiopia: Ethiopian Airlines wins cargo award for network expansion

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Africa’s largest cargo operator, Ethiopian Airlines, has won the Cargo Airline Award for Network Development at the Brussels Airport Aviation Awards held on 9 March, the company's CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said on Monday.

Network Development Awards are presented to airlines that have developed new routes or achieved a remarkable growth in passengers or cargo, according to a press statement issued by the airline in Addis Ababa.

As a result, the ‘Network Development Award Cargo Airline’ title was awarded to Ethiopian Cargo in recognition to the rapid expansion of its network and for becoming the largest cargo airline at Brussels Airport in just six months period, it said.

“With the inauguration of the largest and the most modern cargo terminal in Africa, with annual cargo capacity of 600,000 tons, in the coming couple of months; we will transform Addis Ababa as one of the best cargo hubs in the air cargo industry” said Tewolde.

Ever since the airline's first cargo charter operation was launched from Addis Ababa to Nairobi in 1946 and the boom in agricultural products export from Ethiopia, Ethiopian Cargo Services has been steadily growing.

With six Boeing 777- 200LRF freighters and two Boeing 757-260 freighters, Ethiopian currently serves 36 cargo destinations in Africa, the Gulf, the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

"In line with the [airline's] Vision 2025, Ethiopian Cargo is building one of the largest and modern cargo terminals in the world with an annual capacity of 1.2 million tons and planning to serve 47 destinations using 18 freighter aircrafts.

"Ethiopian Cargo is also automating its entire cargo business process with one of the best Cargo IT systems (SITA Champ Cargo Spot) with the aim of providing the most efficient air cargo services within, to and from Africa," the statement added.
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13 march 2017 17:11:05

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