AirlinesEthiopian Airlines establishes a global standard cargo conversion programme

Ethiopian Airlines establishes a global standard cargo conversion programme

Ethiopian Airlines has established a global standard cargo conversion programme to convert

the B767-300 ER to dedicated freighter services in partnership agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

The global standard cargo conversion Centre will operate from the Ethiopian MRO Centre in Addis Ababa and provide solutions for the rising demand for cargo aircraft of B767 models.

Ethiopian has been increasing their cargo capacity in fleet in line with the diversified aviation business model of Vision 2025.

The first business at the cargo conversion center will commence with three Ethiopian Airlines owned B767-300 aircraft.

Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines Tewolde GebreMariam is very happy that they are able to collaborate with IAI to enable them expand their cargo and logistics services.

Logistics Update Africa quotes Tewolde GebreMariam the Ethiopian Airlines Group chief executive officer saying, ’In line with our diversified aviation business model of Vision 2025, we have been increasing our cargo capacity in fleet, ground service infrastructure and cargo connectivity network. Accordingly, we are partnering with IAI, one of the global technology leaders in the aerospace industry, in building a cargo conversion center in our MRO facilities in Addis Ababa Airport. We are very happy that we are able to collaborate with IAI to enable us to expand our cargo and logistics services, which is already the largest and leading cargo network in Africa. The capacity building will also help us expand our MRO services with cutting edge technology and knowledge transfer.”

IAI has an excellent reputation as a conversion center of passenger-to-freighters aircraft; it is constantly receiving requests to open such conversion centers in more and more locations around the world according to Yossi Melamed, IAI’s executive VP and general manager of Aviation Group.

Logistics Update Africa quotes Yossi Melamed saying, “We are witnessing a sharp rise in the demand for cargo aircraft as a result of the rise in ecommerce, which has peaked to record levels during the Covid-19 pandemic. IAI has an excellent reputation as a conversion center of passenger-to-freighters aircraft, and we are constantly receiving requests to open such conversion centers in more and more locations around the world.”

The conversion line in Ethiopia will join existing conversion sites IAI operates at its campus in Ben Gurion International Airport and in Mexico.

Joan Kifuko
Joan Kifuko is a communications enthusiast that is currently working as a writer at The Aviator magazine where you find your aviation news in one place. She is a journalist that has previously worked as a sales associate, guest relations officer, brand ambassador hence, the love for new adventures and roles. Joan graduated with a Bachelors degree of science in journalism.
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