Norwalk - Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services, a subsidiary of the Ethiopian Airlines Group to lease the first two Boeing 737-800 freighters (737-800SF) from GECAS that are converted by Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI). The first delivery is expected in summer of 2018, followed by a second at the beginning of 2019.
We are excited to take delivery of these first-ever AEI-converted 737-800SFs,said Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO.
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,he added.
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 growth,said Richard Greener, SVP & Manager Cargo Aircraft Group at GECAS.
Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics provides cargo services through a network over 91 destinations. The company is the largest cargo operator in Africa with six 777 and two 757 Freighters and a capacity of one million tons that range from general cargo to special cargo.
The AEI converted freighter has eleven full height containers plus one AEP/AEH, the main deck payload of up to 52,000 lb (23,587 kg) and the AEI's hydraulically-operated cargo door, providing some key features to cargo operators.