Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ethiopian Airlines Dominate AFRAA Freight Carriers

Investment in Cargo Facilities Reap Rewards
Shipping News Feature

AFRICA – ETHIOPIA – There are currently 32 members of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and this week the report of the Secretary General to the organisation’s 42nd Annual General Assembly confirmed that Ethiopian Airlines, appropriately, carried the lion’s share of the 44,000 tonnes of freight cargo moved by its members. The air carrier shipped 87% of the total making it a considerable force to be recognised in the African airfreight industry.

According to local press a survey of twenty two airlines carrying freight in Africa showed that 560,000 tonnes were carried during 2009 with almost three quarters being carried by four main operators, Kenya Airways, EgyptAir , South African Airways and Ethiopian Airlines who managed over 38,000 tonnes of this total.

Ethiopian Airlines say they have invested heavily in cargo handling facilities, particularly at Bole International Airport, the company’s home base and they have recently taken delivery of the first of the five 777-200LR’s that the airline ordered from the Boeing Company. CEO Girma Wake doubles as the current President of AFRAA and the company currently serves over forty destinations throughout Africa but also into Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Photo: Bole airport