Developing African shipping routes ,The new route will be encrypted to three flights per week in the future

On the afternoon of August 31st, the inaugural ceremony of the Chengdu Addis Ababa all cargo route and the signing ceremony of the cargo development cooperation agreement were held. This marks the opening of the first full cargo aircraft route between Chengdu and Africa, which not only aims to open up the air freight channel from Chengdu to Africa, but also extends its target market to South America.

Developing African shipping routes


The new route will be encrypted to three flights per week in the future


The first all cargo route from Chengdu to Africa is operated by Ethiopian Airlines. The inaugural flight took off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the afternoon of August 31st, heading to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. It will depart from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport the next morning and return to Addis Ababa.


In addition to the highly anticipated maiden flight, Ethiopian Airlines has also signed a cargo development cooperation agreement with Shuangliu International Airport. According to the agreement, the "Chengdu Addis Ababa" full cargo route will be encrypted to three flights per week, operated by Boeing B777F cargo planes. The route mainly exports various cross-border e-commerce products and intelligent electronic products, and the return cargo mainly includes aircraft accessories.

Ethiopia is located in northeastern Africa and is known as the "Roof of Africa". Ethiopian Airlines has the youngest and most powerful fleet on the African continent, and is also the African airline with the most cargo planes. After holding hands with Chengdu Shuangliu, the two sides plan to engage in deep cooperation in promoting the construction of a cargo aviation hub at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, supporting the development of Ethiopia's air cargo route network, and accelerating the strategic layout of the 'Chengdu Addis Ababa' dual hub, to build a global cargo route network.


BRICS cooperation


African Airlines Engine Arrived for Shuangliu Maintenance

It is worth noting that on the first inbound flight from Addis Ababa to Chengdu Shuangliu, an African Airlines aircraft engine was transported to Sichuan International Aviation Engine Maintenance Co., Ltd. in the Shuangliu Comprehensive Protection Zone for maintenance.

Now Ethiopia has joined the BRICS cooperation mechanism, and good news about BRICS economic and trade cooperation continues. Ethiopian Airlines will continue to build an air bridge for BRICS economic and trade cooperation, promote more personnel exchanges, and promote high-quality common development of BRICS. "Samuel Girma, General Manager of Transportation and Sales of Ethiopian Airlines Southwest Region, said on site, riding the east wind of BRICS cooperation, Promote the smooth supply chain, industrial chain, and economic and trade export channels of BRICS countries.

It is reported that on August 24th, the 15th special press conference of BRICS leaders announced the invitation to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Iran, and Ethiopia to officially become members of the BRICS family. With the expansion of the "BRICS countries", enterprises with sharp business acumen have taken the lead in layout. The African Airlines engine took the inaugural cargo flight to Shuangliu for maintenance, which fully confirms that Chengdu has the capabilities of aviation maintenance, aviation operations, and aviation business. Chengdu has achieved significant results in building an aviation and aerospace industry ecosystem.

Aircraft maintenance is an important part of Shuangliu's aviation economy. Currently, Shuangliu has gathered more than 20 aviation maintenance enterprises, including COMAC's domestic civil aircraft maintenance base, Ameco Chengdu branch, SVW, Sichuan International, etc. It has the ability to undertake project complete machine maintenance, engine maintenance, accessory maintenance and repair, and customer to cargo conversion. It basically covers the main links of the aviation maintenance industry and is gradually forming a national third-party industry landmark, The repaired aircraft are distributed throughout major airlines. In 2022, the scale of Shuangliu aviation maintenance industry exceeded 6 billion yuan.

It is reported that Ethiopian Airlines entered the Chinese market in 1973 and has transported over ten million passengers and over one million tons of goods in the 50 years since its launch in China. As the first African airline to open a Chinese route, Ethiopian Airlines has the largest cargo network in Africa. With dedicated 9 Boeing 777-200LRFs and 4 Boeing 757-800F cargo planes, as well as an average daily cargo volume of 2000 tons and a daily increase of over 611 tons, it provides efficient global cargo services to customers.

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