Published on : Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Ethiopian Airlines is expanding its air cargo fleet with the acquisition of four new Boeing 777-200 LR freighter aircraft, according to a report in the latest issue of the industry publication, Aviation Today.
The purchase will be made under a pre-delivery payment loan financing agreement with the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank) and delivery is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2014.
Ethiopian Airlines already operates the largest cargo fleet in Africa, using six dedicated freighter aircraft to 24 destinations in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East at present.
Tewolde Gebremariam, the chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines, was quoted as saying that the new aircraft will help support the carrier’s newly established cargo hub in Lome, Togo, with its partner airline, ASKY Airlines.
“We are phasing in the latest technology cargo aircraft with the aim of supporting Ethiopia’s exports and the booming trade between Africa and the rest of the world. The B777-200 LR freighters have proven capabilities that are ideal for the transport of perishables,” said Tewolde.
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