Ethiopian signs Southern ACMI

ETHIOPIAN Airlines has become the first customer of Southern Air’s new 747-400 freighter fleet after signing a multiple-year ACMI [aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance] agreement.

Operations are scheduled to begin in early January 2012.

“Our future fleet will be comprised of Southern Air wet-leased 747-400 freighter aircraft and 777F aircraft leased/owned and operated by Ethiopian. This investment in both wet lease and dry lease/owned aircraft by Ethiopian is a strategic plan that will position us as one of the premier cargo operators in the world,” Ethiopian Airlines’ chief executive officer Tewolde GebreMariam stated.

The 747-400SF marks the second milestone of Southern Air’s fleet enhancement following the initiation of 777F service in 2010. Southern Air is the only carrier to offer the 777F for ACMI services.

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