Published On 11 Jan, 2018


A division of the Ethiopian airlines group, (Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services) has devoted it’s time to sublet their first two Boeing 737-800 freighters (737-800SF) to Aeronautical Engineers from GECAS. The freighters which would be used for delivery would make its first delivery in June of 2018, while the second delivery would be in January 2019.

The Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, expressed his excitement on the project

“We are excited to take delivery of these first-ever AEI-converted 737-800SFs; the aircraft will be a great complement to our existing fleet of B777 and B757 freighters. In line with our Vision 2025 Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics strategic roadmap, we are expanding our cargo fleet and network to support trade within Africa and with the rest of the world by facilitating the export of perishables and the import of high value goods into the continent.”

“We have been working with AEI on this program since 2015 and look forward to delivering the first AEI converted 737-800SF to Ethiopian Airlines. The airline is joining a growing number of combination carriers planning to operate this aircraft either for replacement of aging freighters or for growth,” said Richard Greener, GECAS SVP and manager of the Cargo Aircraft Group.”

The AEI converted freighter would accommodate 11 full height containers plus one AEP/AEH, a main deck payload of up to 52,000 pounds (23,587 kilograms) and would come along with AEI’s hydraulically-operated cargo door.

Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics provides airport–to–airport services across a network of more than 91 destinations on both freighter and belly hold services (including both direct service and arranged connection flights). It is also the largest network cargo operator in Africa. With six 777 and two 757 Freighters serving 39 cargo destinations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Americas and Europe, Ethiopian’s art cargo terminal delivers an annual capacity of one million tons with services that range from general cargo to special cargo.


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