Ethiopian Cargo has added a new weekly Boeing 777F service to Chongqing in Southwest China.
The service will have a full rotation of: Shanghai – Chongqing – Delhi – Addis Ababa – Lagos – Sao Paulo – Quito – Miami.
Ethiopian said the service connects “the main destinations of three continents which cover a population of more than 3bn people”.
“Located in Southwestern China adjacent to Hunan, Hubei, Guizhou, Shaanxi and Sichuan provinces, Chongqing serves as a node of China’s Belt and Road initiative linking the country to its western neighbors,” the airline added.
Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, added: “We are excited to have launched a freighter service to Chongqing, Southwest China. We are among the veteran carriers that started serving the People’s Republic of China back in the early 1970’s, a long-standing and multi-faceted ties which has translated into a flourishing trade and investment, cultural and bilateral cooperation between Africa and China.
“Our new cargo service augments the development of China-Africa bilateral trade and expands on China’s already growing ‘Belt and Road’ initiative, while supporting our strategic initiatives to expand our global cargo operations.”
As part of the airline’s Vision 2025 strategic plan, Ethiopian Cargo has the target of annual revenues of $2bn, 19 dedicated aircraft, annual tonnage of 820,000 tonnes and 57 international destinations.