Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services, one of the major business units of the Ethiopian Airlines Group, has started two weekly freighter flights last week connecting Xiamen with São Paulo and Santiago via Addis Ababa.
Ethiopian also plans to commence two weekly freighter flights between Shenzhen and Liège as of February 17, 2023.
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The airlines will deploy B777 Freighter on the new cargo routes.
CEO: new flights key in facilitating cargo shipments
“We are glad to expand our reach in China adding Xiamen and Shenzhen in the our global freighter network,” Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew said announcing the new flights.
The new cargo flights, the CEO said, will be “instrumental in facilitating cargo shipments across the world” by improving air connectivity among China, Africa, Europe and South America.
“As the largest cargo network operator in Africa and a key air cargo service provider globally,” Mesfin noted, “Ethiopian Airlines will continue expanding its services around the world.”
The push includes not only opening new routes but also increasing flight frequencies “so as to facilitate global trade and the flow of goods,” the CEO stated.
Ethiopian’s increasing Chinese Destinations
Ethiopian is launching the new freighter flights as it marks the 50th anniversary of the start of its passenger service to China back in 1973.
The airlines currently flies to four passenger destinations namely, Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Shanghai
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The new freight Xiamen and Shenzhen will also take Ethiopian’s cargo destinations in China to eight, including Guangzhou, Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Changsha, Wuhan and Chengdu.
Globally, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services covers more than 130 international destinations with both belly hold capacity and 68 dedicated freighter services.