History was made on 29 August when Ethiopian Cargo touched down in Miami, creating the first-ever cargo route between the African continent and the Florida city.
The twice-weekly scheduled flights to Addis Ababa will operate on a route including intermediate stops in Spain, Colombia and Belgium on inbound and outbound services, all utilising a Boeing 777-200LR Freighter.
Miami-Dade county mayor, Carlos A. Gimenez says: “We proudly welcome Ethiopian Airlines and its new cargo service to Miami-Dade County. We look forward to the additional revenue, jobs and business ties these new flights will bring to our community.”
Ethiopian Airlines group chief executive officer, Tewolde GebreMariam says: “We are very pleased to see Zaragoza, Miami, and Bogota joining our fast expanding freighter network in the Americas. With the new service, Ethiopian will carry Inditex high-end textile products from Zaragoza to the Americas.
“In line with our strategic roadmap, Vision 2025, we will keep on expanding our cargo destinations worldwide, thereby facilitating trade and economic growth among different regions of the world.”
Ethiopian Cargo’s announcement is the latest addition to Miami International Airport’s freighter network, having gained four flights a week operated by TACA Peru to five South American cities, Mexico’s Aeronaves TSM flying to Cancun 10 times a week, and Qatar Airways launching two flights a week from Doha with stops in Luxembourg, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Quito and Liege.
In 2018, Southern Air began weekly services from Hong Kong via Anchorage, Turkish Cargo added a second flight to Istanbul, and Polar Air Cargo started flying directly to Tokyo.