Mar 02, 2019: Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of its first B737-800 freighter, the first of its kind in the Ethiopian Cargo fleet mix, on March 01, 2019.

Tewolde GebreMariam, group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines, stated, "The arrival of this new freighter is a significant addition and propels both our capacity and frequency. The B737-800 freighter will give us a new capability to serve short haul destinations in African 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."

Developed with the industry's most efficient and reliable technology, the new B737-800F aircraft is the newest member of the freighter family and offers the greatest efficiency for the standard body freighter market. The freighter has a carrying capacity of more than 23 metric tonnes of payload with excellent operating economics to maximise efficiency for cargo operations.

Operating ten next generation dedicated freighters and with Africa's largest transshipment terminal, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services delivers cargo services spanning across 44 international destinations in Africa, the Gulf, the Middle East, Asia, the Americas, and Europe, augmenting the export of perishables from Africa and import of high-value goods.

By 2025, Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services envisions to become a full-fledged profit centre of Ethiopian Airlines Group with annual revenue of $2 billion, 19 dedicated aircraft, annual tonnage of 820,000, and 57 international destinations.

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