Air Cargo Management

Coronavirus: Ethiopian Cargo transports emergency medical supplies to Africa

Ethiopian cargo coronavirus

Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services, Africa’s largest cargo operator, has transported emergency medical supplies from Jack Ma, the founder of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba, to support the fight against covid-19.

ET’s freighter flight carrying 108 tonnes of test kits and other healthcare products took off from Guangzhou, China and arrived at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on 22 March.

Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services started to distribute the medical supplies to African countries earlier this week, with the first group of recipients of the medical supplies due to be Djibouti, Eritrea, Egypt and Sudan.

The medical supplies have been delivered to Africa following Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed’s discussion with Jack Ma regarding the distribution of the supplies to combat the spread of the pandemic.

Ethiopian Cargo also recently transported around 1,000 tonnes of medical kits to China to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The African carrier operated 10 chartered flights from a number of cities around the world, including Liege, São Paulo, Durban, Accra, Diass, Khartoum and Dar es Salaam, to three Chinese cities: namely, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Chongqing.

The medical kits include face masks, nose masks and protection suits. Ethiopian plans to transport additional medical kits to China, deploying five more chartered flights.

Operating next-generation freighters, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services can facilitate the export of perishables, garments, mining products, and the import of high value industrial products and inputs, pharmaceuticals, among others across its global network.

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services is planning to become a fully-fledged profit centre of Ethiopian Airlines Group by 2025, with an annual revenue of $2bn, 19 dedicated aircraft, annual tonnage of 820,000, and 57 international destinations.

Eight years into the aviation group’s strategic roadmap, Vison 2025, it has reached some 57 international destinations.

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