Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services, the multiple award-winning and largest cargo network operator in Africa, has adapted its operations to the evolving global demand for air cargo services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to the current situation, Ethiopian Cargo has extended its reach to 74 destinations globally, and caters to charter flight needs anywhere in the world boundlessly, carrying much needed medical supplies in the ongoing fight against COVID-19.
A statement issued in Accra by the Airline said in the month of March alone, Ethiopian transported a total uplift of over 45,848 tonnes of cargo to different parts of the world, deploying both its freighters and passenger fleet.
The shipments include pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and healthcare products carried with 86 charter flights using B777 freighters, each with a capacity of 100 tonnes, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The statement quoted, Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, the Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines, as saying, “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.”
“We are carrying medical supplies in both scheduled and charter flights using the cabin and belly hold of our passenger aircraft besides our cargo fleet,” it added.
It said despite the grim situation the world was grappling with, the Airline feel heartened by the small contribution they were making to curb further loss of lives by carrying critical medical supplies where they were needed the most.
It said it would 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.