Tuesday January 9, 2024 will mark an important milestone for Ethiopian Airlines, with the launch of its cargo service at Casablanca – Mohamed V Airport. This inaugural flight, departing from its main base in Addis Ababa Bole, symbolizes not only a significant expansion for the Ethiopian airline, but also represents a historic milestone, being the first service of its type in North Africa.
Casablanca is thus destined to become one of Ethiopian Airlines Cargo’s many Moroccan stopovers, marking an ambitious expansion in the region. Mesfin Tasew, CEO of the Ethiopian Airlines Group, underlines this intention by saying: “The ambitions of the national airline have no limits. The company continues its rise and will continue to expand its services around the world, targeting in particular large markets such as Morocco.”
As part of this expansion, Ethiopian Airlines has placed a significant order with the world’s two largest aircraft manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing, including the acquisition of eighty-four aircraft.
This development comes against a backdrop where the Central African country’s airline has already proven itself in the air cargo sector, with an impressive record of 723,000 tonnes of goods transported during the previous financial year. This initiative towards Casablanca, and more broadly in Morocco, only strengthens the company’s position as a key player in air freight transport, not only in Africa but also on a global scale.