With delivery dates of June 2018 and January 2019, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services, a division of the Ethiopian Airlines Group, is leasing the first Aeronautical Engineers Inc.(AEI)-converted Boeing 737-800 freighters (737-800SF) from GE Capital Aviation Services.
“In line with our Vision 2025 Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics strategic roadmap, we are expanding our cargo fleet and network to support trade within Africa and with the rest of the world by facilitating the export of perishables and the import of high value goods into the continent,” says Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group.
Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics provides airport–to–airport services across a network of more than 91 destinations on both freighter and belly hold services, including direct service and arranged connection flights. It is also the largest network cargo operator in Africa. With six 777 and two 757 freighters serving 39 cargo destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Americas and Europe, Ethiopia’s state-of-the-art cargo terminal delivers an annual capacity of one million tons with services that range from general cargo to special cargo–including perishable, valuable or dangerous goods, live animals, and mail and courier.
The AEI-converted freighter accommodates 11 full height containers plus one AEP/AEH, and a main deck payload of up to 52,000 pounds. It also offers key features for cargo operators, such as a hydraulically operated cargo door.