Original news was published 08 March, 2018
Envirotainer has signed a global Master Lease Agreement (MLA) with Ethiopian Airlines, the first time that the cool chain ULD specialist has partnered with an airline based in Africa.
Fitsum Abady, managing director of Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services, said: "In this highly lucrative market the application of active temperature controlled containers play vital role for the protection and safety of time & temperature sensitive healthcare products both onboard and on the ground throughout the supply chain.
"This commercial partnership with Envirotainer significantly fuels our aim on providing superior protection and seamless connectivity through our sales networks stretched across the five continents."
Bourji Mourad, head of global partner management at Envirotainer, said: "This newly signed global MLA with Ethiopian Airlines is very welcomed, particularly since it is our first with an African based airline that has invested so much in newly built facilities and services for the safe handling of pharmaceutical and life sciences products."
Jörg Krings, global partner manager at Envirotainer, said: "The on ground training for how to handle our Envirotainer units went really well. It's a key element to guarantee the correct process implementation."
The recently inaugurated Cargo Terminal 2 at Ethiopian's Addis Ababa hub, together with the existing terminal, will give the carrier a total annual capacity of around 1m tonnes, the largest in Africa.
The new terminal is fitted with a cold chain facility will boost the airlines' capacity for storage and handling of temperature sensitive and life science products.
In February this year, Ethiopian Airlines signed up to use DoKaSch Temperature Solutions Opticooler pharma ULDs.