Ethiopian’s Pharma Wing responds to Covid-19 Globally

Ethiopian Airline has been deploying its massive cargo capacity to facilitate the flow of essential cargo such as medical supplies wherever they are needed, In response to the growing demand for air cargo services following the spread of Covid-19. The Pharma Wing of Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services, which is housed within the largest trans-shipment terminal in Africa, has been central to the airline’s effective handling and shipping of medical supplies across Africa and beyond.

Currently, Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services is transporting an average 1.4 million kg of temperature-sensitive healthcare products monthly including medicines, biologicals, bio-technologies, diagnostics, vaccines and medical devices among others.

Equipped with temperature controlled pharma handling storage covering an area of 54,000 sq. m, the Pharma Wing is suitable for handling medical supplies in different temperature ranges through the use of active containers and real-time temperature monitoring system.

Dedicated and trained staff stationed at the facility ensure that all operations are carried out in line with the rules and regulations of IATA and other regulatory bodies throughout the supply chain.

Commenting on the critical role of Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services and its facilities amidst the pandemic, Ethiopian Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam remarked, “Ethiopian Airlines has been a key enabler in the global effort to conquer COVID-19 by facilitating the shipment of life-saving medical supplies to different parts of the world. We feel privileged to serve the world in this difficult time deploying our state-of-the-art Pharma Wing as well as our cargo and passenger fleet. Now that Addis Ababa is designated as Humanitarian Air Hub by WFP and WHO owing to our advanced facilities, vast network of 127 international destinations and fleet, we will further bolster our efforts as the leading air cargo service provider in Africa.”

It is to be recalled that different UN Agencies, donor governments and philanthropists are using Addis Ababa as a hub to distribute medical supplies across Africa as part of the global effort to contain Covid-19.

Read more

Ethiopian To Pick Tanzania Fresh Produce

Addis Ababa, April 20, 20200 (FFBC) – Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) will now fly three times a week to the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) to pick fresh produce destined for the European Markets.

The arrangement is the result of a joint initiative by the Tanzania Horticulture Association (Taha) and the Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (Kadco), which manages the airport and one of the leading carriers in Africa.

One of the jets from the Horn of Africa country was at the second busiest airports in the country on Friday and ferried tone’s of fresh horticulture produce abroad.

Export of horticulture products from Tanzania has been negatively impacted by the outbreak of coronavirus, which has forced major world carriers to suspend flights to KIA.

Read more

Ethiopian turns nine passenger aircraft into freighter to raise cargo capacity

Ethiopian has reconfigured passenger cabins of four B777-300ER, three B737-800 and two B767-300 aircraft to boost its capacity in response to the growing demand for cargo shipment. Ethiopian has 12 freighter aircraft operating in full capacity. However, as the need for cargo shipment increases for timely delivery of medical supplies in the wake of the pandemic, additional cargo capacity has become essential.

With conversion of its A350, B787 and Q400 passenger aircraft in the pipeline, nine of Ethiopian aircraft have been modified to provide cargo service only. Ethiopian has been transporting vital supplies across Africa to support the fight against COVID-19. It is also loading cargo in the cabins as well as the belly of the passenger aircraft without removal of seats to support its operation.

Regarding the increase in cargo service, Ethiopian Airlines GCEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said, “We are demonstrating the knowledge and skill at our Africa’s largest MRO center with our flexibility in times of unprecedented circumstances. The conversion of passenger aircraft into freighter is one of our strategies to meet the increasing demand in cargo shipment to help us get through this hard time. This will enable us strengthen our capacity and reach as many customers as possible in this unprecedented difficult time. People all over the world are in a dire need of necessities and emergency medical equipment that help them in the fight against the pandemic. We are happy to be active players in the battle against this global pandemic. We are also mulling over various possibilities to enhance our cargo service.”

Raise in Cargo CapacityAs part of its effort to serve the global public amidst this challenging time, Ethiopian has continued to deliver medical supplies donated by Jack Ma to Africa. Ethiopian has demonstrated highly commendable efficiency in the distribution of the medical supplies as result of which the WFP and WHO designated Addis Ababa as Africa’s Humanitarian Air Hub.

Read more

Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of B737F

Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 Freighter today (1 March) – the first of its kind for cargo arm Ethiopian Cargo.

The B737-800F aircraft has a capacity of more than 23 metric tonnes and will be used to increase capacity and frequency of its freighter network.

Group chief executive officer, Tewolde GebreMariam said: “The arrival of this new freighter is a significant addition and propels both our capacity and frequency.

(more…)

Read more

Ethiopian Receives Award

Ethiopian Receives “Fastest Growing International Cargo Airline of the Year” Award

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services has also been awarded as “Fastest growing International Cargo Airline of the Year” at Air Cargo India International conference held in Mumbai on February 21, 2018. The biennial awards ceremony was held in conjunction with the seventh edition of Air Cargo India exhibition and conference, recognizing cargo carriers with immense progress and leading innovations in the air freight industry while enhancing customer experience. The winners of the prestigious award were selected through online voting system by STAT Times readers.

(more…)

Read more

Ethiopian Starts Thrice Weekly Service to Bahrain

Ethiopian Starts Thrice Weekly Service to Bahrain

Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest airline in Africa, marked commencement of a thrice weekly service to Bahrain at a reception ceremony held at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on August 17, 2017.
(more…)

Read more

Guangzhou Area Office Cargo Section holds Air Cargo Product Seminar

Guangzhou Area Office Cargo Section holds Air Cargo Product Seminar

The Cargo section of Ethiopian Airlines Area Office in Guangzhou held Air Cargo Product Seminar on August 11, 2017 with the aim of introducing the freighter service LGG-CAN and the outbound service CAN-ADD and CAN-BOM-ADD to freight forwarders. The seminar was attended by Ato Yared Berta, Asia Pacific Director and Ato Mehari Assefa, Guangzhou Regional Manager as well as representatives of major freight forwarders including DHL, SCHENKER, EI, KUEHNE+NAGEL, BOLLORE, APEX, etc. Local freight forwarders were also present at the seminar.
(more…)

Read more

Why is Ethiopian Airlines so successful?

“Why is Ethiopian Airlines so successful?” That was a question Ethiopian Group CEO, Ato Tewolde Gebremariam, addressed when he sat with the BBC’s Alastair Leithead, for the African Business Report program aired every week on BBC World. During the interview, Ato Tewolde said:

(more…)

Read more

Ethiopian Airlines on the up

Ethiopian Airlines on the up

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, has ordered 10 additional Airbus A350-900s and set in motion a $345m airport expansion project to raise the annual passenger capacity at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport from 7m to 22m.
(more…)

Read more

China Airlines Wins Air Cargo Excellence Award

China Airlines Wins Air Cargo Excellence Award

China Airlines has been recognized for the quality of its cargo service again at the “2017 Air Cargo Excellence Awards” hosted by Air Cargo World, a leading publication in the cargo industry. This is the third time that China Airlines has won the award and reflects the professionalism of cargo services. China Airlines has transported everything from ordinary cargo to precision instruments, art exhibitions and even the musical instruments of the band Coldplay. If you need something moved by air then China Airlines is the carrier to choose.
(more…)

Read more