Ethiopian Airlines has appointed Freight-In-Time (FIT) – the East African member of the EGSAC network - as its cargo GSSA for Kenya with effect from October 1st, following its decision to outsource cargo sales in the country. FIT will handle sales and marketing, and also deal with customer service matters.
FIT will feed Ethiopian’s daily B767 flights from Nairobi to Addis Ababa, which have a cargo capacity of up to 15 tonnes.
Says FIT CEO Amit Shah: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious contract with one of Africa’s leading carriers; this is a very important addition to our client base.
“Ethiopian has excellent potential, and we expect strong support for the airline’s network in Europe, as well as its comprehensive coverage of other African markets - particularly for fish, cut flowers, horticultural produce, pharmaceuticals and personal effects.”
Ethiopian Airlines was founded in 1945, and today serves 57 international destinations, of which 36 are in Africa - with Mombasa, Conakry and Monrovia as recent additions.
Ethiopian has six dedicated cargo aircraft consisting of two B757-200, two B747-200 and two MD-11F. The airline also provides cargo services using the belly-hold capacity of its scheduled passenger aircraft and charter services to various destinations. Ethiopian has the largest cargo operation of any African carrier, in support of its drive to encourage and promote Africa’s export business to Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The airline’s cargo business has been growing substantially, providing air cargo services to and from various points in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Ethiopian also provides dedicated cargo services to 19 cities in Africa.
Ethiopian Cargo operates from its own state-of-the-art cargo terminal which has a capacity to handle 350,000 tonnes of cargo per annum. The terminal incorporates cold room storage with a capacity of 130 tonnes, a holding area for perishables, fully automated cargo system, elevated transfer vehicles (ETV), dedicated storage for dangerous goods and radioactive materials, and computerised work stations.
Currently, Ethiopian is making large investments in fleet- and network expansion. The airline has 35 new airplanes on order direct from the manufacturers, including recent orders for five B777-200LR and twelve A350-900, which will enable the airline to operate one of the newest and most environmentally-friendly fleets in Africa.
FIT, launched in 1998, employs 160 staff and has offices at Kenya’s major airports of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. In addition to export sales, FIT also provides import services for most of its airline clients, including collection from airline shed, customs clearance, and delivery to final destination. FIT also has operations in neighbouring Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda, and is EGSAC’s exclusive member in all four countries.
The EGSAC network comprises 31 members with 130 bases in 32 countries, collectively representing 150 airlines.