Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services, the largest cargo network operator in Africa, is adapting its operations to meet the evolving global demand for air cargo services following the Covid-19 pandemic. In response to the current situation, Ethiopian Cargo has extended its reach to 74 destinations globally in order to cater for charter flights carrying medical supplies.
In March alone, Ethiopian says it transported a total uplift of over 45,848 tons of cargo around the world using both freighters and its passenger aircraft fleet. The shipments included pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and healthcare products, carried on 86 charter flights using B777 freighters, each with a capacity of 100 tons.
“Agility being a key part of our competencies, we have recalibrated our cargo operations and networks in light of the current demand in air cargo business,” explained Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Group CEO. “We are carrying medical supplies in both scheduled and charter flights, using the cabin and belly hold of our passenger aircraft as well as our cargo fleet. Despite the grim situation the world is grappling with, we feel heartened by the small contribution we are making to curb the further loss of lives by carrying critical medical supplies where they are needed the most. I would like to thank my colleagues at Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services who are working 24/7 to provide air cargo service the world needs critically in this difficult time.”
It is to be recalled that Ethiopian recently delivered medical supplies – including testing kits, masks and protective suits – donated by Jack Ma and Alibaba Group to African countries with the initiative of Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed.