Ethiopian Airlines Group has partnered with MailAmericas to develop cross-border e-commerce services within Africa and the Middle East using Addis Ababa as a hub.

In the partnership, Ethiopian Airlines will offer air transport services to carry the goods and MailAmericas will provide its market expertise it gained in Latin America and Africa, where it has networks in over 40 countries.

The airline will gain access to all bilateral agreements and private networks of MailAmericas across the regions, allowing it to offer competitive services to customers in Africa, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and other parts of the world.

Mesfin Tasew, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group, says, “As the leading air cargo service provider in Africa, we are glad to team up with MailAmericas in launching ecommerce logistics services across Africa and Latin America. So far, we have jointly served more than 20 countries in Africa and Latin America, and we are keen to further expand our reach going forward. The partnership enables us to serve our customers better by leveraging the expertise, bilateral agreements and private networks of MailAmericas.”

Tomas Miguens, President of MailAmericas, adds, “It’s our pleasure to be able to work side by side with the leading airline in Africa. This will grant every customer a better shopping experience, improving delivery time and traceability of their packages. We will continuously look to strengthen this partnership and develop new businesses to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship with Ethiopian Airlines Group.”

Ethiopian Airlines is building an e-commerce hub in Addis Ababa capable of handling 150,000 tonnes of cargo a year.

It will be equipped with an Automated Sortation System and Electronic Transfer Vehicles to ensure the smooth handling of shipments ranging from small parcels to boxes, skids and built-up units.