Africa : Ethiopian Airlines orders four B777 Freighters
Ethiopian Airlines has announced an order for four Boeing 777 Freighters, making Ethiopian Airlines the first African carrier to order the twinengine freighter. The order is valued at approximately US$1.1 billion at list prices and was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s website. “As the largest African cargo carrier operating in some of the fastest growing trade lanes of the world – between Africa and Europe, Middle East and Asia – the new 777 Freighter fleet will significantly enhance our tonnage and range capabilities,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. “The proven operational and economical efficiency of these airplanes will reposition Ethiopian Cargo in a stronger place to continue winning in this hypercompetitive market.”
Kenya Airways adds China freighter
Tapping the growing trade between Africa and China, Kenya Airways has launching a B747-400 freighter service between Guangzho in China’s Pearl River manufacturing region and the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. The airline will link the service to its growing regional cargo business across Africa and to its expanding partnerships in Europe, Sauda Rajab, general manager for cargo Kenya Airways said recently at the China Air Cargo Summit in Shenzhen. “The idea is to connect the three continents – Asia, Africa and Europe,” she said. “We believe we are suitably placed to increase trade between China and Africa, and felt this would work both for us and our partners.” Those partners include the Air France-KLM group, which has an equity stake in the African carrier, along with other members of the Skyteam Alliance. Rajab said the routing of the widebody freighter would include Amsterdam and Lagos, Nigeria and the airline will use two B737-400 freighters joining Kenya Airways’ fleet next year to connect with cargo traffic with other cities across Africa.