Ethiopian Cargo is to start a Boeing 777-200 Freighter service from Avinor Oslo Airport to Guangzhou in China in September this year.
The route will be in addition to the five weekly belly services connecting Addis Ababa and Oslo with Guangzhou in China.
Ethiopian Cargo will with the new route join in on the largest air cargo market in Northern Europe from Norway, which in 2018 is expected to generate over 230,000 tonnes of seafood as airfreight.
Avinor Oslo Airport director of cargo, Martin Langaas said: “We are pleased that our partners in Ethiopian Airlines will offer new freight capacity from Oslo airport. This is important for the development of the Norwegian seafood industry and will contribute to employment and economic growth.
“China and Guangzhou is picking up rapidly on seafood imports from Norway. Ethiopian Cargo will with this new route increase the competitiveness of Norwegian Seafood to China.”
Ethiopian Cargo is looking forward to take part in a fast growing market and director of global cargo sales, Solomon Begashaw said: “We look forward to take part in one of the fastest growing airfreight markets globally, and look forward to offering the Norwegian market new cargo capacity to China.
“With our new freighter service from Oslo Airport to Guangzhou, our Norwegian customers will experience our quality and expertise in shipping of seafood, which requires cooling throughout the journey to ensure the quality of this perishable commodity.”
To prepare for the startup, Ethiopian Cargo and Avinor will host a two-day workshop at Oslo Airport for the route in the end of August and will be inviting freight forwarders and other relevant partners in the supply chain.