Ethiopian Airlines to reconfigure 5 Q400s to serve neighbouring regions; 4 A350s, 4 787s conversion in pipeline
Fitsum Abadi, MD of Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services has revealed that the reconfiguration of 5 Q400s, 4 A350s, and 4 787s is under process.
May 06, 2020: Fitsum Abadi, MD of Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services has revealed that the reconfiguration of 5 Q400s, 4 A350s, and 4 787s is under process. Ethiopian Airlines has recently reconfigured four B777-300ERs, three B737-800s, and two B767-300s to boost its capacity in response to the growing demand for cargo shipment.
During a webinar hosted by air cargo Africa in association with STAT Media Group on 'Flying cargo and touching lives - air cargo's critical role in Africa amid the Covid-19 pandemic' on May 5, Abadi shared this news.
Abadi said, "Q400s will be used to deliver medical supplies to neighbouring countries like Juba, Mogadishu, and Djibouti. It can carry between 5-8 tonnes."
Ethiopian has 12 freighter aircraft operating in full capacity. However, as the need for cargo shipment increases for timely delivery of medical supplies in the wake of the pandemic, additional cargo capacity has become essential.
Ethiopian has been transporting vital supplies across Africa to support the fight against Covid-19. It is also loading cargo in the cabins as well as the belly of the passenger aircraft without the removal of seats to enhance its operation.