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Old June 4th, 2017, 10:42 AM   #2281
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Not to be a party pooper, but does Ethiopia currently have the cargo volume that justifies building the largest cargo terminal in the world ?? Couldn't they have phased the project? Also the size of construction in the video doesn't look at all like the largest anything in the world ...
AM2 ..your concern is true.....but currently they are finishing (what's on the video) only the phase one that can serve cargo volume of 600 metric tone. the 1.2 million is the total volume of the plan with ease I & II. To my view better to build the 2nd phase in the next 5 years following the trend of cargo volume build up in the country.
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Old June 4th, 2017, 11:37 AM   #2282
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Why build all this cargo capacity in a temporary airport. It would be better to build it at the new airport planned to be erected outside of Addis Ababa.
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Old June 4th, 2017, 12:12 PM   #2283
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Why build all this cargo capacity in a temporary airport. It would be better to build it at the new airport planned to be erected outside of Addis Ababa.
Temporarily? I doubt Bole will ever be shutdown. We have two airports in Stockholm, with a much smaller population. One near the city and the main one 40 km from the city center. Bole could continue to handle cargo, domestic and VIPs.
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Old June 4th, 2017, 09:54 PM   #2284
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My concern has to do more with service quality as impressive as the video is.

I recently had a chat with a friend on FB who sent a cargo shipment for a show where ET could not track it for more than 10 days and falsely reported as delivered multiple times while in actuality the item was still stuck in their Belgium cargo center making the customer look for non existent shipment at the destination country. Even local ET agent was misled according to him. What made it worse was once the issue was identified ET initially refused to return the item to the originating city for service not rendered but insisted taking it to Addis and leaving it there and asking my friend to pay for it to return it back to him. A legal threat and exposing what they did online was the only thing that got them to return his item and even that took two month. They also did not bother refund him but only offered apologies after being asked. So it is great to have the largest of something but if service is not upto par with others it is useless. Ethiopian Airlines better pay attention to quality of service while upgrading their equipment and systems.
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Old June 5th, 2017, 03:06 AM   #2285
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My concern has to do more with service quality as impressive as the video is.

I recently had a chat with a friend on FB who sent a cargo shipment for a show where ET could not track it for more than 10 days and falsely reported as delivered multiple times while in actuality the item was still stuck in their Belgium cargo center making the customer look for non existent shipment at the destination country. Even local ET agent was misled according to him. What made it worse was once the issue was identified ET initially refused to return the item to the originating city for service not rendered but insisted taking it to Addis and leaving it there and asking my friend to pay for it to return it back to him. A legal threat and exposing what they did online was the only thing that got them to return his item and even that took two month. They also did not bother refund him but only offered apologies after being asked. So it is great to have the largest of something but if service is not upto par with others it is useless. Ethiopian Airlines better pay attention to quality of service while upgrading their equipment and systems.
Very true insight...service is SO SO poor...that originates from mentality. Choice is not customary from household to the country's institutions services. We grew up with one choice...either you will eat what's provided or leave, buy what is given or not.....use Ethiopian or don't fly...monopolistic mind is bad
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Old June 6th, 2017, 08:42 AM   #2286
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Ethiopian Airlines Transporting Relief Cargo

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Addis Ababa June 05/2017 Ethiopian Airlines has reportedly flown 6.5 tons of humanitarian relief cargo from Seattle to Ethiopia on behalf of Conscience International, Horn of Africa Neonatal Development Services and Seattle Alliance Outreach.
According to Air Cargo News website, the carrier transported the shipment bound for St Paul’s Hospital and Bahir Dar University College of Medicine and Health Sciences, when it took delivery of another Boeing 787 aircraft – its 18th – from the Seattle-based manufacturer, as part of its fleet modernization program.
It quoted Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam as saying that “this round of our humanitarian delivery is a continuation of our commendable collaboration with Boeing that has served as a source of vital service for our community and neighboring countries as well.”
The website stated that the carrier’s 19th B787 is due for delivery by the end of June 2017 and will carry medical equipment and supplies for St Paul’s Hospital.
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Old June 8th, 2017, 04:29 PM   #2287
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The Fifth ET A350 undergoing deliver test flight. Named MSN 120 ET #5 has been named "Gheralta Mountains".

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Old June 13th, 2017, 12:29 AM   #2288
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Ethiopian Airlines sets late June date to open new cargo termina

Ethiopian Airlines sets late June date to open new cargo terminal JUNE 12, 2017
BY LEWIS KING

Ethiopian Airlines has set this year’s ICAO Global Air Cargo Development Forum, hosted by Ethiopia, as the date for the inauguration of its Cargo Terminal-II. The event takes place from 27th to 29th June 2017.

The new 150,000 square meter Cargo Terminal includes facilities such as the dry cargo terminal warehouse, the perishable cargo terminal with cool chain storage, and an apron area that can accommodate five large freighter aircraft.

The new cargo terminal will also be equipped with climate chambers for storage and handling of temperature sensitive products such as fresh agricultural products, pharmaceuticals, life science products.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam, explained that as part of a US$150 million investment in cargo facilities, the new terminal, combined with the existing Terminal-I, would bring total tonnage capabilities up to around one million per annum, “the largest in the continent of Africa.”

GebreMariam added that, “upon completion of the second phase, which adds 600, 000 tones annual uplift capacity, Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services will have one of the world’s largest cargo terminals; a capability equivalent to cargo terminals in Amsterdam Schiphol, Singapore Changi, or Hong Kong. This investment and the resulting massive cargo facilities along with the 6 modern B-777F fleet and 2 B-757F will create adequate air cargo transporting capacity for the fast-growing export and import demand of the continent which is critically essential in the socio-economic development of the African countries.”
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Old June 14th, 2017, 06:10 AM   #2289
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Temporarily? I doubt Bole will ever be shutdown. We have two airports in Stockholm, with a much smaller population. One near the city and the main one 40 km from the city center. Bole could continue to handle cargo, domestic and VIPs.
The land that Bole Airport occupies is in the middle of Addis Ababa''s built up area thus it can be better used for the city''s future development. Unlike Stockholm, it will not be feasible to operate two airports for Addis Ababa specially since the new airport will be several.times larger than Bole with a much lower altitude and other operational advantages.
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Old June 19th, 2017, 02:30 AM   #2290
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Ethiopian Air Said to Plan $3 Billion Deal for Airbus A350s

Ethiopian Air Said to Plan $3 Billion Deal for Airbus A350s



An Airbus A350-900 aircraft, manufactured by Airbus SAS, flies overhead during an aerial display on the second day of the 14th Dubai Air Show at Dubai World Central (DWC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. The Dubai Air Show is the biggest aerospace event in the Middle East, Asia and Africa and runs Nov. 8 - 12. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise plans to buy 10 of Airbus SE’s newest A350 wide-body jets in a transaction worth more than $3 billion at advertised prices, according to people familiar with the plan.
The deal is set to be announced this week at the Paris Air Show, according to the people, who asked not to be named as the order negotiations are private. Ethiopian will take the mid-sized A350-900 version of the plane, which has a list price of $311 million, according to one person.
Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest carrier already has an order for 12 -900 variants, though it has also been looking at the stretched -1000, as well as Boeing Co.’s rival 777-8, Chief Executive Officer Tewolde Gebre Mariam said last year.
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Ethiopian Air wants more wide-body aircraft to help extend a hub-based business model that relies on transferring lucrative inter-continental travelers via its home base in Addis Ababa to and from destinations across Africa.
The airline didn’t respond to repeated calls and emails seeking comment. A spokesman for Airbus said it doesn’t comment on discussions with customers.
Ethiopian is separately weighing an order for Bombardier Inc.’s Q400 turboprop and C Series single-aisle jet against models from Embraer SA, it said in May .
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Old June 19th, 2017, 06:03 AM   #2291
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Wow! ET is unstopable!
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Old June 19th, 2017, 07:25 PM   #2292
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Wow! ET is unstopable!
Current ratio (total assets/total liability) for 2014/2015 was .84. This probably pushes it down even further. I hope they are not miscalculating by buying so many planes. It is a cut throat business that can turn on a dime and one wrong move can put them in bankruptcy. A 7% net profit, while still good especially compared to other African airlines, is not a very comfortable margin. I doubt the government will be willing to bail them out.
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Old June 19th, 2017, 07:46 PM   #2293
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Current ratio (total assets/total liability) for 2014/2015 was .84. This probably pushes it down even further. I hope they are not miscalculating by buying so many planes. It is a cut throat business that can turn on a dime and one wrong move can put them in bankruptcy. A 7% net profit, while still good especially compared to other African airlines, is not a very comfortable margin. I doubt the government will be willing to bail them out.
In order to forecast the next 50 years, one has to look at only the last 50 years. With this formula, ET is more than safe as it has proven time and again that it can withstand various types of storms.
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Old June 20th, 2017, 01:59 AM   #2294
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In order to forecast the next 50 years, one has to look at only the last 50 years. With this formula, ET is more than safe as it has proven time and again that it can withstand various types of storms.
You can't forecast the next 5 years much less the next 50 years. If 50 years history was good enough to predict the future, we would still have Pan AM and TWA around. Too much debt is not good. They have 45 planes on order plus the existing debt they are servicing. I just hope they know what they are doing.
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Old June 20th, 2017, 02:07 PM   #2295
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PARIS: Ethiopian set to take 10 A350s and 10 Max 8s

PARIS: Ethiopian set to take 10 A350s and 10 Max 8s

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Ethiopian Airlines is set to disclose orders for additional aircraft at the Paris air show, including 10 Airbus A350-900s and 10 Boeing 737 Max 8s.
The African carrier is also intending to acquire another five Bombardier Q400s.
Ethiopian chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam confirmed the order plans to FlightGlobal during the show.

The order for the A350s could come as early as 20 June.
Ethiopian already has direct orders for a dozen A350s and already operates several of the Rolls-Royce Trent-powered type.
Airbus has yet to confirm whether the 10 additional A350s for Ethiopian are the same 10 which had been assigned to an undisclosed customer towards the end of April.
The overall A350 order total, according to Airbus's latest backlog data, stands at 851 – including 632 of the -900 variant and 211 A350-1000s.
Airbus had delivered a total of 86 A350-900s by the end of May this year.
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Old June 20th, 2017, 03:51 PM   #2296
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Wow 25 planes at once. They will soon need a bigger HQ then Bole, hopefully that is in the works also.
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Old June 20th, 2017, 07:01 PM   #2297
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Ethiopian signs up for two more B777Fs at Paris

Ethiopian signs up for two more B777Fs at Paris

http://www.aircargonews.net/news/air...-at-paris.html


Ethiopian Airlines orders 10 more A350s, 737 MAX 8s
http://atwonline.com/paris-air-show-...50s-737-max-8s
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Old June 20th, 2017, 07:05 PM   #2298
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AIRSHOW-Ethiopian Airlines in jet deals with Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier

(Adds orders from Boeing, Bombardier)

By Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA, June 20 (Reuters) - Ethiopian Airlines has placed an order for 10 Airbus A350-900 passenger jets, it said on Tuesday, in addition to at least another 10 it already has on order.

Separately, Boeing and Bombardier said the airline had also ordered aircraft from them.

The A350-900s will be deployed on Ethiopian's long haul routes connecting Addis Ababa with destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Chief Executive Tewolde GebreMariam said in a statement.

The state-owned carrier is ranked the largest in Africa by revenue and profit by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global industry body.

Boeing said Ethiopian had signed a commitment to buy two 777 freighters in an order valued at $651.4 million at list prices.

It added the airline had also ordered another 10 737 MAX 8 planes, exercising options from a 2014 order, bringing Ethiopian's total orders for 737 MAX 8s to 30.

Bombardier, meanwhile, said Ethiopian had signed a purchase agreement for an additional five of its Q400 turboprop aircraft.

In February, Tewolde told Reuters that Ethiopian's revenue rose 10.3 percent to 54.5 billion birr ($2.43 billion) in the 2015/16 fiscal year, while passenger numbers climbed 18 percent to 7.6 million. Net profit was up 70 percent at 6 billion birr.

Ethiopian wants to increase revenue to $10 billion by 2025 and expand its fleet to 140 aircraft from less than 90 now, with sights set on Asia. (Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Mark Potter)
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Old June 20th, 2017, 07:12 PM   #2299
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Wtf ... has anybody heard of this chinese hotel before?

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GSHM to manage Ethiopian Airlines hotel

Grand Skylight Hotel Management (GSHM), a hospitality company based in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province of China, is to manage an Ethiopian Airlines 4 star hotel that is currently under construction.

The statement was made to Xinhua on Monday by Wang Wenhui, Vice General Manager of GSHM at the sidelines of China (Shenzhen) Trade and Investment Promotion Meeting and Shenzhen Products show, June 19-20 being hosted in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.

Focused on mid to high end hotel sector, GSHM specializes in 4 star and 5 star hotels management, but also gives services on hotel development, construction and pre-opening.

Ethiopia’s flagship carrier Ethiopian Airlines plans to inaugurate it’s four star hotel to coincide with the 30th African Union summit which will be held in January 2018.

Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam says the 373 room hotel plans in particular to attract some of the 120 million Chinese tourists that travel across the world.

The 4 star hotel project is being built by Chinese firm Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) at a cost of 65 million U.S. dollars.

The hotel will also have what the Ethiopian Airlines calls Africa’s largest Chinese Restaurant to cater for the thousands of Chinese living in Ethiopia and Chinese travelers who are transiting through Ethiopia.

“GSHM as a famous brand will send our team consisting of about 50 people to manage the hotel to our standards for the hotel owner Ethiopian Airlines,” says Wang.

GSHM won the management contract after beating other international brands like the French multinational group Accor hotels and the UK-based multinationals hotel company Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG).

According to Gebremariam, when the 4 star hotel lying on 40,000 square meters of land is completed it will be one more addition to Ethiopia’s ambition be a global tourist destination.

Expecting large scale tourist inflows, Ethiopia’s immigration authorities and Ethiopian Airlines have launched an e-visa service for international visitors from 39 countries including China. The service will only be available for those wanting tourist visas.

Ethiopian Airlines currently flies to five cities in China, flying 35 times a week. The destinations are China’s capital Beijing, China’s commercial hub Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chengdu and Guangzhou.

Ethiopian Airlines is embarking on an ambitious expansion drive in its catering facility, cargo facility, airplane fleet increment and expansion of international flight destinations currently at over 95. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh
https://www.newsghana.com.gh/gshm-to...irlines-hotel/
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Old June 20th, 2017, 07:15 PM   #2300
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PARIS: Ethiopian studying how A350-1000 would cope at Addis

Ethiopian Airlines is evaluating the A350-1000 to see how the type would perform under the demanding high-altitude conditions of its Addis Ababa base.

Chief executive Tewolde Gebremariam, speaking at the Paris air show as he confirmed an agreement to take 10 more A350-900s, said the airline was still examining the -1000's capabilities.

He points out that Ethiopian is in the "unique situation" at Addis Ababa, some 2,400m above sea level. The city typically reaches its highest temperatures, up to 25C, around March-May.

"We have to see how [the -1000] performs at that altitude," says Gebremariam.

Airbus has already conducted high-elevation testing with the -1000 in South America, with take-off and landing trials at Cochabamba and La Paz.

Gebremariam points out that the A350-900 is "doing very well" under Addis Ababa's conditions. The airline operates four of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered type and is set to take a fifth in the next few days.

Ethiopian had previously ordered 14 A350s – two leased and 12 directly from Airbus – and the airframer describes the follow-on order for 10 more as an "endorsement" of the twinjet.

Airbus has confirmed that the net order book for the A350 will remain unchanged, as the 10 jets had already been listed in the backlog during April and attributed to an unidentified customer.

"We're very happy with th e A350," says Gebremariam. "It's been close to a year that we've been operating the aircraft. It's exactly up to the specification, if not a little bit more."

He says the carrier is a "very satisfied customer" of the twinjet. "This is the main reason why we've decided to order more," he adds.

Gebremariam indicates that the A350 is being deployed on routes including London and destinations in China, and that the "next step" is an A350 service to Washington.
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...cope-a-438555/
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