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Ethiopian vaccine airlift exceeds 50 million doses

2021-09-06  Staff Reporter

Ethiopian vaccine airlift exceeds 50 million doses

The Ethiopian Airlines Group has transported 50 million doses of vaccines to more than 28 countries across the globe and became the only African carrier to reach such a milestone, playing a crucial role during these difficult Covid-19 times. 

Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services, Africa’s largest cargo service provider, has successfully distributed the vaccines to different countries with its technologically equipped facility called ‘Pharma Wing’. 

Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines said; “I am very much delighted to see such a great humanitarian achievement due to our concerted and determined lifesaving efforts. In fact, Ethiopian Airlines has played its irreplaceable role in responding to the dire need of global cargo transportation amidst the pandemic. By this, the airline has proved to be the pioneer and an epitome of continental and global solidarity”. 

Being at the forefront of the combat field against Covid-19, Ethiopian has transported the most-needed medical supplies to over 80 countries since the outbreak. 

Ethiopian was one of the few airlines that didn’t quit operations despite border closures and travel restrictions by countries due to the pandemic. As a result, the airline reunited more than 63 000 stranded citizens of different countries with their families and loved ones. 

According to the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) World Air Transport Statistics’ report, Ethiopian Airlines has been ranked among the top 25 leading global cargo transporters. In addition, it has been ranked 21st in scheduled Cargo Tonne Kilometres (CTKs) and 19th by scheduled freight tonnes carried. 

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest-growing Airline in Africa. In its 75 years of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success. Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the Pan-African passenger and cargo network, operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 130 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents. 

Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 through which it aims to become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business units: Ethiopian International Services; Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services; Ethiopian MRO Services; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian ADD Hub Ground Services, Ethiopian Airports Services and Ethiopian Express Services (Domestic). 

2021-09-06  Staff Reporter

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