Ethiopian Airlines will start a B777-200 freighter operation between Norway’s Avinor Oslo Airport (OSL) and China’s Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) from September, targeting the growing perishables trade between the two countries. The route will be in addition to the five weekly passenger services to Addis Ababa and connecting Oslo with Guangzhou.
The new Ethiopian Cargo service will connect with the largest air cargo market in Northern Europe, which in 2018 is expected to generate over 230,000 tonnes of Norwegian seafood as airfreight, of which China has a growing appetite for.
“This is important for the development of the Norwegian seafood industry and will contribute to employment and economic growth, says Martin Langaas, director Cargo at Avinor Oslo Airport.
China in general and Guangzhou specifically are picking up rapidly on seafood imports from Norway and Ethiopian Cargo and this new route will increase the competitiveness of Norwegian seafood to China, Langaas added.
“We look forward to take part in one of the fastest growing airfreight markets globally, and look forward to offering the Norwegian market new cargo capacity to China. With our new freighter service from Oslo Airport to Guangzhou, our Norwegian customers will experience our quality and expertise in shipping of seafood, which requires cooling throughout the journey to ensure the quality of this perishable commodity, says Solomon Begashaw, director Global Cargo Sales in Ethiopian Cargo.
To prepare for the startup, Ethiopian Cargo and Avinor will host a two-day workshop for freight forwarders and other relevant partners at Oslo Airport for the route in the end of August.