ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services has connected Chongqing, the largest municipality in Southwest China, with Africa and South America with a weekly cargo flight as of 26 June 2019, the airlines announced on Tuesday.
Located in Southwestern China adjacent to Hunan, Hubei, Guizhou, Shaanxi and Sichuan provinces, Chongqing serves as a node of China’s Belt and Road initiative linking the country to its western neighbors.
The route passes through Shanghai – Chongqing – Delhi- Addis Ababa – Lagos – Sao Paulo – Quito – Miami, connecting the main destinations of the three continents which cover a population of more than 3 billion people.
Ethiopian, the Largest Cargo Operator in Africa, will be operating B777-200F freighter on the route and initially fly once in a week.
Group CEO of Ethiopian, Tewolde Gebremariam, expressed his delight that the airlines “launched freighter service to Chongqing, Southwest China”.
“We are among the veteran carriers that started serving the People’s Republic of China back in the early 1970s, a longstanding and multi-faceted tie which has translated into a flourishing trade and investment, cultural and bilateral cooperation between Africa and China,” he said.
“Our new cargo service augments the development of China-Africa bilateral trade and expands on China’s already growing ‘Belt and Road’ initiative while supporting our strategic initiatives to expand our global cargo operations,” Tewolde added.
Operating next-generation freighters and with Africa’s largest trans-shipment terminal, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services 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.
Setting overarching goals under its 15- year strategic plan, Vision 2025, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services envisioned to become a full-fledged profit center of Ethiopian Airlines Group with annual revenue of US$ 2 Billion, 19 dedicated aircraft, the annual tonnage of 820,000, and 57 international destinations.
However, the airlines said, eight years into the roadmap, Ethiopian Cargo has reached 57 international destinations with award-winning cargo and logistics services.