Ethiopian Airlines Furthers Expansion Efforts with First-Ever B737-800 Freighter
Ethiopian Airlines announced the addition of the first ever B737-800 freighter this week. The freighter addition will help support global capacity efforts in the near future. Boasting more than 23 metric tons of payload, the B737-800 will also assist in streamlining cargo operations while supporting the airliner’s goal for 2025.
“We are excited to have taken delivery of the newest freighter a few days after being crowned with ‘African Cargo Airline of the Year’ and ‘Air Cargo Brand of the Year in Africa’ Awards for the fourth year in a row,” said Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam.
“The arrival of this new freighter is a significant addition and propels both our capacity and frequency. The B-737-800 Freighter will give us a new capability to serve short haul destinations in Africa and the Middle East more economically which includes the export of Ethiopian meat, fruits and vegetables to the Gulf Region.”
“As per our strategic roadmap, Vision 2025, we will keep introducing new systems and technologies and play an indispensable role to the socio-economic development of Ethiopia and Africa at large,” he concluded.
Vision 2025 aims to create a full-fledged profit centre of Ethiopian Airlines Group, inclusive of a $2 billion annual revenue. Additionally, Vision 2025 outlines 19 dedicated aircraft, annual tonnage of 820,000, and 57 international destinations.
Source: Ethiopian Airlines