Ethiopian Airlines has become the first airline in Africa to establish a Boeing 767 Passenger-to-Freighter conversion site at its MRO centre in Addis Ababa, in partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).
The cargo conversion center will provide solutions for the rising demand for cargo aircraft of Boeing 767 models. It will expand its services to all airlines in Africa and the wider region.
The new passenger-to-freighter conversation facility will commence first business by converting three Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767-300 passenger aircraft to dedicated cargo aircraft.
The conversion line in Ethiopia will join existing conversion sites IAI operates at its campus in Ben Gurion International Airport and in Mexico.
Ethiopian Airlines cargo and logistics services is already the largest and leading cargo network in Africa. The capacity building will help the airline expand its MRO services with cutting-edge technology and knowledge transfer.
In line with Ethiopian Airlines' diversified aviation business model of Vision 2025, the airline has been increasing its cargo capacity in fleet, ground service infrastructure, and cargo connectivity network.
It is to be recalled that Ethiopian MRO, with its internal capacity, temporarily converted 25 of its passenger aircraft to freighter to boost its cargo capacity as demand to transport COVID-19 medical supplies soared.