News Release Ethiopian Airlines
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sept. 22, 2012
Africa’s 1st B777 Freighter landed at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on Thursday, 20 September 2012. The aircraft was welcomed at the airport in the presence of high government officials, representatives of horticulture industry, exporters, other invited guests and the media.
A colorful celebration was organized at Ethiopian Cargo Terminal at Addis Airport in honor of Ethiopian 1st B777F. Upon landing, the aircraft received the traditional water canon shower. The guest of honor, His Excellency Mr. Deriba Kuma, Minister of Transport of the Ethiopia and Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, cut the symbolic ribbon marking the introduction of the B777F into Ethiopian fleet.
The invited dignitaries, guests and media had the opportunity to visit the aircraft and to familiarize themselves with its unique capabilities. In his remarks, H.E. Minister Deriba Kuma said: “Due to its range and uplift capabilities, the new B777F would enable Ethiopian to greatly enhance its cargo services for the benefit of the country’s flower exporters.” CEO Tewolde Gebermariam gave a presentation on why the B777F is the obvious choice to support the fast growth of Ethiopia’s exports as well as cargo traffic between Africa and the rest of the world. Ethiopian Cargo is already the largest cargo operator in Africa with 6 dedicated freighters and 181,000 tons transported in 2011 –’12.
It has a vast and fast expanding cargo network of 15 destinations in Africa, 7 in Middle East and Asia and 2 in Europe. In 2012-’13, Ethiopian is planning to add Moscow and Istanbul, as new cargo points. In the long term, it envisions 820,000 tons of cargo uplift by operating 19 freighters, per its 15 year strategic roadmap, Vision 2025.
The B777F is the obvious choice for taking Ethiopian Cargo to new heights as envisaged in Vision 2025. Ethiopian has ordered 6 B777F, with 2 aircraft arriving this year, 2 in 2014 and a further 2 in 2015. He explained The B777F offers much better economics with a much lower operating cost (less fuel consumption and commonality with the passenger B777-200LR aircraft, which Ethiopian has already phased-in 5); a payload of 103 tons, a capacity consisting of 27 upper deck and 10 lower deck pallets and a range of 4,900 nautical miles at full load.
It is also much cleaner and has less noise than all current large freighters, highlighting Ethiopian as a socially responsible business. For the horticulture industry in Ethiopia, the B777F means more reliable schedule and service, fast delivery of flowers and better temperature control, as low as 4° C.
Ethiopian is also investing heavily not just on fleet but on its facilities as well as in order to improve and expand its cargo services. A new temporary perishable store with an extra capacity of 65,000 tons per year has broken ground and is expected to be completed in January 2013. This will give temporary relief to the current congestion of the perishable store at Addis Ababa Airport. However, as a long term solution, a new cargo terminal with a capacity of 1.2 million tons will be built in 2 phases. The design work is already completed. The perishable warehouse of the new cargo terminal will be the biggest in the world.
Ethiopian 1st B777F commenced scheduled operation on September 22, 2012 to destinations such as Liege, Lagos, Hong Kong, Madras and Johannesburg.
About Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, made its maiden international flight to Cairo in 1946 and now the Airline provides dependable services to 69 international destinations spanning four continents. Ethiopian is proud to be a Star Alliance Member. The Star Alliance network is the leading global airline network offering customers convenient worldwide reach and a smoother travel experience. The Star Alliance network offers more than 21,555 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries.
Ethiopian is a multi-award winner for its commitment and contributions towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry and in recognition of its distinguished long-haul operations enhanced by the introduction of new routes and products. Recently, Ethiopian won Gold in the African Airline of the Year 2011/2012 Awards organized by the African Aviation News Portal. Ethiopian also received the 2011 AFRAA award for being consistently profitable over the years and has won the "AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR 2011 Award” for its excellence in air cargo. Ethiopian also won the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009 and "the Airline of the Year 2009 Award" from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA).
With its acquisition of and firm orders for several new modern aircraft and its fast expanding network, the airline is well positioned to become the leading aviation group in Africa, per its Vision 2025 strategic roadmap.
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