Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and the largest cargo operator in Africa, has won the Rising Star Carrier of the Year Award, for the second year in a row, at the 5th Payload Asia Awards 2016 held in Hong Kong on 29th September 2016. Payload Asia 2016 honours the very best in the air cargo industry; confronting and overcoming the manifold challenges in the air cargo sector by creating innovative products and services and delivering real value to customers. Ethiopian has pulled off a repeat performance by winning the Industry Choice Awards, where 90 nominees competed with over 31, 500 online votes cast in 20 award categories.
Ethiopian Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked, “We are proud that Payload Asia has once again recognised our cargo services. Ethiopian Cargo is one of the seven strategic business units of the Ethiopian Group, established to progress as an independent profit centre as per our 15 years growth map, Vision 2025. To pursue our position of being the largest cargo service provider in Africa, we have been investing millions of dollars on our cargo services; deploying the best freighter fleet in the world, the B777-200 LR freighters; expanding our cargo destinations across the globe; building one of the largest cargo terminals in the world with 1.2 million annual capacity; and automating our entire cargo business process with one of the best cargo IT systems (SITA Champ Cargo Spot) with the aim of providing one of the most efficient air cargo services within, to and from Africa.”
Ethiopian Cargo currently operates to 35 destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe using six B777 and two B757 freighters. The Airline also carries freight in the belly of wide body passenger aircraft, B777/B787, to 94 destinations across the globe. Some of the major cargo destinations are: Belgium (Brussels and Liege), Hong Kong, Shanghai, Bombay, New Delhi, Dubai, South Africa, Lome and Lagos.
Meanwhile, Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and most profitable African airline, has said would add a 5th weekly flight to Seychelles as of 16th December 2016. Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. GebreMariam, said, “Air transport being a vital component of the tourist appeal and the driving factor for economic growth in general, we have been serving our beloved continent for seven decades, offering convenient connectivity options to more than 52 African cities.
seychelles being Africa’s premier tourist destination, with the natural attractions of the archipelagos, we have now added a fifth weekly service to provide more options for passengers flying from any part of the world to the Seychelles and vice versa through our strategic hub at Addis Ababa. As per our growth strategy, vision 2025, we shall continue to increase our presence in Africa, so as to better promote and facilitate growth in the business and tourism sectors.”