Ethiopian Airline, the largest cargo operator in Africa, has won the African Cargo Airline of the Year Award during the 2017 Air Cargo Africa Conference held in Johannesburg.
Air Cargo Africa 2017 has been organized by STAT Media Group in celebration of excellence in the industry while supporting Africa’s steady growth.
A statement issued in Accra by Mrs. Hanna Atnafu, Manager Corporate Communications, Ethiopian Airlines said winners have been selected through two rounds of online polling by worldwide readers of the magazine.
Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, said: “Readers of STAT Trade Times across the globe have spoken and voted Ethiopian as ‘African Cargo Airline of the Year’.”
He thanked the voters for their strong vote of confidence, which reiterates Ethiopian efficient global cargo service, the credit for this prestigious recognition goes to their strong workforce, especially, their cargo team for the job well done.
“Ethiopian Cargo has been growing at a very fast pace and will continue to do so,” he added.
He said in order to support the fast growth that we are planning and to make Addis Ababa as one of the best Cargo hubs between Africa, Europe, The Americas, Middle East and Asia, the company has built a new Cargo Terminal which could accommodate 600,000 tons per annum at a total cost of 115 million dollars.
He said the new Terminal 2 combined with the existing Terminal 1 would give a total tonnage capacity of 1 million per annum. Moreover, this year alone, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Orlando will join the global cargo network.
Ethiopian Cargo serves 36 freighter destinations operating the longest range twin-engine freighter aircrafts in the world, 6 B777-200 LR freighters as well as 2 B757F with a capacity of 103 and 35 tons each respectively.
Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline. Ethiopian was recently named Airline of the Year, for the fifth consecutive year, by African Airlines Association (AFRAA), SkyTrax.
World Airline Award for Best Airline Staff in Africa, Best African Cargo Airline of the Year Award, and Passenger Choice Award for Best Airline in Africa.