MIAMI: August 29, 2018. Ethiopian Airlines has begun Africa’s first freighter service to Miami with a twice-weekly roundtrip B777-200 freighter operation from Addis Ababa via Spain and Colombia.

MIA AIRPORT“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,” commented airline CEO Tewolde GebreMariam.

Inditex, the world’s largest fashion group, refreshes its physical and online collections twice a week and can deliver to 7,200 stores in 93 markets worldwide within 48 hours “and often sooner” via 10 Spanish logistics centres.

“We applaud Ethiopian Airlines for bringing us MIA’s first cargo destination in Africa,” added Miami-Dade Aviation director Lester Sola. “Our unrivaled position as the international cargo capital of the US and the gateway of the Americas continues to attract new service from key markets in Europe, the Middle East, and now, one of the busiest air cargo hubs in Africa.”

Ethiopian Cargo adds to a growing network of all-cargo flights linking Miami to Latin America and the Caribbean. Last year TACA Peru began four flights a week from five South American cities; Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM commenced 10 flights from Cancun; and Qatar Airways launched two weekly cargo flights from Doha, with intermediate stops in Luxembourg, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Quito, and Liege. This year Southern Air began a weekly all-cargo service from Hong Kong via Anchorage; Turkish Cargo launched a second weekly frequency from Istanbul; and Polar Air Cargo launched a direct freighter service to Tokyo.

In a related announcement, Royal Air Maroc (RAM) is to begin a three times a week B787-8 service from Casablanca to Miami on April 03 next year. It will be MIA’s first passenger link with Africa since 2000 and Florida’s only nonstop service to the continent.