Ethiopian Airlines Takes Delivery of the Converted B757-200 Freighter
Ethiopian has been very encouraged by the fast growth of the national export and it has been focusing on availing the necessary capacity to develop the export sector. Besides constructing the state-of-the-art Cargo Terminal with cold storage facilities and total annual storage capacity of 250,000 tonnes, Ethiopian has been leasing in freighter airplanes to support the export demand. Before 2004 ET has been deploying its own B757 aircraft to cater for the export demand. Still recognizing the high growth in demand, again in 2005 the airline has leased in DC-8 aircraft and has been uplifting 40 tones of cargo daily. Despite the high fuel cost, Ethiopian has leased a bigger capacity aircraft (DC-10-30F) with a daily coverage of 65 tonnes during January to May 2006 peak horticultural export season.
For the coming horticultural export season Ethiopian has placed all the necessary arrangements to lease in an even bigger aircraft (MD-11F) for a daily operation to Brussels with a capacity of 85 tonnes. More over, Ethiopian’s two B757 freighter aircraft will also be deployed on this route if the horticultural demand exceeds the 85 tonnes daily capacities.
“In this way Ethiopian is not only supporting the country’s export but also creates job opportunity to many Ethiopian nationals,”says the CEO, Ato Girma Wake. He also expressed his appreciation for the co-operation and cordial working relationship established with Ethiopian Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables exporters' associations.
With the support of the Ethiopian Government, the relentless efforts made by the exporters and focused attention by the national carrier and the enormous support of other stakeholders, the horticultural export sector has recorded a growth of 173% from 2005 to 2006. During the mentioned year ET has carried over 7.5 million kg meat which shows a 27.9% growth when compared with the same period of 2004/05. In addition, a total of 5 million kg beans was uplifted at the end of the 2005/06 budget year which shows a 6.73% growth in comparison with the same period of the previous year. In its national obligation, Ethiopian not only actively supports the development of the export sector but also saves the country from huge payment of hard earned foreign currency.
Ethiopian Airlines very recently has won the African Aviation Award as “African Airline of the Year” for the year 2006. The key criteria for Ethiopian Airlines to have won the African Aviation Award from African Aviation Journal include its financial performance and overall profitability, passenger growth, route network expansion, fleet modernization, in-flight services, and overall customer care.
One of the largest airlines in Africa, Ethiopian - www.ethiopianairliness.com – made its maiden flight to Cairo on April 8, 1946. Ethiopian provides seamless connections to 47 destinations spread around the globe including 28 in Africa via its Addis Ababa hub. Major destinations served include: Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Bahar Dar, Bamako, Bangkok, Beijing, Beirut, Brazzaville, Brussels, Bujumbura, Cairo, Dakar, Dar Es-Salaam, Delhi, Dire Dawa, Djibouti, Douala, Dubai, Entebbe, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Harare, Hargiesa, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Khartoum, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kinshasa, Lagos, Libreville, Lilongwe, Lome, London, Luanda, Lusaka, Mumbai, Nairobi, N'djamena, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Tel-Aviv, and Washington.
PR & Public Relations
October 01, 2006
Source: Ethiopian Airlines
Brave Warriors Aim to Win
The Namibian (Windhoek)
October 4, 2006
THE Brave Warriors are hungry for success and determined to beat Ethiopia in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Windhoek on Saturday.
National coach Ben Bamfuchile told Namibia Sport yesterday that the players were devastated after last month's 3-2 loss to the DR Congo and are now determined to make amends against Ethiopia.
"They came to me and said, coach, this is the last game of the year and we want to make it a must-win.
So the players are yearning to win, which also makes my life easier.
"They already started saying that after the DR Congo game, because I think it was painful for them to lose there.
If they feel the pain, I like it, because it shows that they don't like to lose," he said.
Bamfuchile said that five foreign-based players had already joined the squad by Monday, while four more were expected to arrive yesterday afternoon.
Richard Gariseb arrived on Sunday, while George Hummel and Henrico Botes of Moroka Swallows and Athiel Mbaha, Hartman Toromba and Costa Khaiseb arrived on Monday.
"At least this time we had about five professionals who already arrived on Monday.
Richard Gariseb was the first one to come in and arrived on Sunday.
That's the commitment we really need from these guys, because we want to have at least five days' training with the professionals," he said.
The other foreign-based players who arrived yesterday are goalie Zico Paulus from Jomo Cosmos, Quinton Jacobs from Bryne FC in Norway, Heini Isaacs from Danish club Soenderjyske, Robert Nauseb from South African club Santos and Collin Benjamin of Hamburg SV from Germany.
"So far we've been training mostly with the local players and the training has gone well, except for Letu Shatimwene, who took a slight knock.
We have given him three days' rest as a precautionary measure, but that's the only major worry we have," Bamfuchile said.
The national Under-23 coach, Bobby Samaria, has meanwhile returned from a coaching clinic in Germany and took over the reins of the Under-23 squad from Bamfuchile yesterday.
Bamfuchile said they might have a practice match between the two sides on Thursday.
"But we also don't want to bring in too much competition between the two sides - we'll try and have a practice match to see who is ready and who is not ready," he said.
Meanwhile, Bamfuchile has confirmed that they are trying to organise a friendly match for Namibia against either Zambia or Zimbabwe on November 14, which is a universal date set aside by Fifa for international friendly matches.
"This match still has to be arranged and we will have to see if it will be at home or away, but we are keen to make use of this opportunity.
I've already contacted the Zambian Football Association to see if they can accommodate us," he said.
Bamfuchile said he hoped to call up Danzyl Bruwer for the friendly match.
"I've not had an opportunity to see him, but I thought of calling him up for the friendly match, along with two other local goalies to take a look at them," he said.
Ethiopian Football News
Justice now! CIVICUS urges a swift and fair trial in Ethiopia
4 October 2006 – CIVICUS, joined by voices from over 20 countries, today wrote to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia Meles Zenawi, urging him to fulfil his promise of a swift and fair trial for civil society activists detained since November 2005.
On 5 October, the mass treason trial within which Daniel Bekele and Netsanet Demissie, both Global Call to Action against Poverty coordinators, are charged will resume after a two-month court recess. Their trial began on 2 May 2006, together with over 100 opposition members and journalists.
“We urgently appeal to the government of Ethiopia to use this moment for an urgent and thorough review of their cases, and to consider dropping the hefty charges levelled against these two courageous activists,” said Clare Doube, Manager of CIVICUS’ Civil Society Watch programme.
Daniel and Netsanet are highly respected throughout the civil society sector in Ethiopia for their tireless advocacy on human rights, poverty reduction and social justice. Despite their peaceful work, they currently face the charge of “outrage against the constitution or constitutional order,” which carries a possible sentence of death or life imprisonment. Both have repeatedly been denied bail, even after appealing to the highest court.
While emphasising the separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary, the government of Ethiopia has consistently assured the international community of a quick and legitimate trial for Daniel and Netsanet. In its letter of appeal, CIVICUS urged the Prime Minister to live up to this promise.
“Civil society in Ethiopia is actively engaged in development and poverty reduction work,” said Doube. “There is no doubt that the continuing detention of these courageous civil society activists discourages work vitally important to the welfare of the people of Ethiopia.”
CIVICUS also reminded the government of its commitments to freedom of association and expression, as guaranteed to the people of Ethiopia in their national constitution, and the numerous international and regional conventions to which Ethiopia is a signatory.
For more information on CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, please visit www.civicus.org or www.civilsocietywatch.org, or contact the CIVICUS Civil Society Watch programme at email@example.com or +27 11 833 5959 x. 127.
Addis Ababa, October 04, 2006 - European Commission President has declared the commission will provide 155 million Euros for the implementation of Ethiopia’s road sector development program.
The commission will enhance its cooperation with Ethiopia. After talks with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on Monday, the visiting EC Commissioner Jose Manuel Barroso told journalists the commission will also further its assistance in other development sectors in Ethiopia.
Barroso said the multifarious cooperation between the European Commission and Ethiopia has been gathering momentum. The commission has been providing significant support for development activities in Ethiopia, he said.
Describing the development cooperation between the commission and Ethiopia as exemplary, Barroso indicated that Ethiopia takes the lion’s share of the European Development Fund’s development aid in Africa.
“I strongly support Prime Minister Meles’ efforts to bring democracy to Ethiopia,” says Barroso, describing his talks with Meles as open and positive.
The two sides discussed on the cooperation between Ethiopia and the commission as well as on topical issues in the Horn of Africa region.
Barroso also pledged that the European Commission will contribute to the success of the Ethiopian Millennium celebrations.
Prime Minister Meles said the cooperation between Ethiopia and European Commission is being stepped up. He expressed hope that the Commission would enhance its support to Ethiopia in particular and Africa in General.
Meles briefed Barroso at length about the topical issues in Sudan and Somalia, according to a senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who attended the meeting.
EC President to Visit Ethiopia
Source: Kinijit International
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