Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is set to sign cooperation agreements with Chongqing and Zhengzhou airports this month to start cargo flights between Ethiopia and China.
Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told Xinhua that the agreement will be signed on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) forum, scheduled to take place later this month in the Chinese capital Beijing.
Ethiopian currently operates daily passenger flights from Addis Ababa to Guangzhou and Beijing, and three-times-a-week passenger flights to Chengdu, as well as daily passenger and cargo flights to Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Ethiopian airline, which started flight services to China in 1973, has developed a “unique opportunity” to observe the economic transformation of China in the last four decades, which helped China lift hundreds of millions of its people out of poverty.
“Ethiopia, with its own economic development program, is already aiming to emulate China’s unprecedented economic development over the last several decades,” the CEO told the news agency.
In its seventy plus years of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivaled in efficiency and operational success.
It commands the lion’s share of the Pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 119 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents.