Ethiopian Cargo is operating a new weekly cargo schedule between Addis Ababa, Bangkok and Hanoi, tapping growing cargo flows between Africa and Southeast Asia.
Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Group CEO says: “Our new cargo service to Bangkok and Hanoi will supplement the daily belly hold cargo capacity on passenger aircraft and will create better connectivity for cargo transport not just between Ethiopia and Thailand and Vietnam but also to over 60 destinations we serve in Africa.
“The commencement of these flights makes Ethiopian the first African carrier to operate cargo flights from Bangkok, and will also create better opportunity for Thai and Vietnamese exporters to have a one-stop access to the 60 plus African destinations Ethiopian serves. The freighter flight will also link Bangkok and Hanoi to Europe, Asia, Middle East and the Americas.”
The carrier – officially known as Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services – notes its B777 freighter fleet combined with Africa’s largest transhipment terminal, facilitates the export of perishables, garments, mining products, and the import of high value industrial products and inputs, pharmaceuticals, among others across its global network.
By 2025, the carrier envisions becoming a “full-fledged profit centre of Ethiopian Airlines Group” with annual revenue of USD 2.0 billion, 19 dedicated aircraft with an annual uplift of 820,000 tonnes. Eight years into its strategic roadmap – Vison 2025 – Ethiopian Cargo has reached 57 international destinations with what it says is award-winning cargo and logistics services.