Ethiopian Cargo to fly solo

The Ethiopian carrier is following a model utilised by a number of other global carriers in which strategic business segments like the Passenger Airline Group, Logistics, MRO, Catering or IT Services are spunoff and then act on their own under the umbrella of the overall Group.


Ethiopian Cargo to fly solo


The Ethiopian carrier is following a model utilised by a number of other global carriers in which strategic business segments like the Passenger Airline Group, Logistics, MRO, Catering or IT Services are spunoff and then act on their own under the umbrella of the overall Group.

At Ethiopian the air freight department has become a pilot for gathering experience that other units should benefit from when named next for hiving off from the parent company, confirms VP Cargo Daniel Mebrate. States the manager: “Currently, there are still an awful lot of items to be solved and questions to be answered before this mission will be accomplished. But we are working hard to execute this highly ambitious plan.”

Although the project is still in its infancy it becomes apparent that ET Cargo after having been outsourced is going to rent the cargo compartments of the carrier’s 42 aircraft comprising passenger fleet. In addition Mebrate and his team will be solely responsible for managing the main deck capacity of the airline’s six freighters – two MD-11Fs, two B757Fs, plus two leased B747Fs.

Freighter renewal

Concerning the freighters, however, there are major changes waiting around the corner as well. Instead of operating different Boeing variants the airline decided to replace them by utilising six B777Fs. The first two aircraft will be delivered in October and November