African airline will deliver Inditex textile products to the Florida airport.
The scheduled flights will operate on a route that includes intermediate stops in Spain, Colombia and Belgium on inbound and outbound services. All flights will utilize B777-200LRF freighter aircraft.
Founded in 1945, Ethiopian Airlines is the largest airline group and largest cargo operator in Africa, serving more than 92 international destinations across five continents.
“With the new service, Ethiopian will carry Inditex high-end textile products from Zaragoza to the Americas. In line with our strategic roadmap, Vision 2025, we will keep on expanding our cargo destinations worldwide, thereby facilitating trade and economic growth among different regions of the world,” said Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam.
Ethiopian’s announcement is the latest milestone in MIA’s strategic plan to expand into new global markets. During 2017, TACA Peru began four weekly freighter flights from five South American cities; Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM commenced 10 weekly freighter 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 weekly all-cargo service from Hong Kong via Anchorage; Turkish Cargo launched a second weekly frequency from Istanbul; and Polar Air Cargo launched direct Tokyo freighter service.
In 2017, MIA secured its best year ever for freight tonnage, with more than 2.2 million tons moving through the airport.