Ethiopian Airlines transports over 95 mln stems of flowers for Valentine's Day season from Ethiopia, Kenya

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ADDIS ABABA, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopian Airlines Group, Africa's largest airlines, has transported more than 95 million stems of flowers for Valentine's Day season from Ethiopia and Kenya to other destinations, according to corporate sources.

Ethiopia's flag carrier shipped 1,600 tonnes from Nairobi, capital of Kenya, and 3,000 tonnes from Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, to destinations including Belgium, Cote d'Ivoire, Germany, Italy, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United States, the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa, the airlines said.

The Ethiopian Airlines Group was also the leading African airlines transporting historical parcels under the new intra-Africa agreement.

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement, which was launched in March 2018 in the Rwandan capital city of Kigali, took effect on Jan. 1 this year, eventually expanding business opportunities of African airline companies, including the Ethiopian Airlines.

The Ethiopian Airlines in December announced its partnership with Cainiao Smart Logistics Network, the logistics arm of China's Alibaba Group, to launch a cold chain air freight service for transporting temperature-controlled medicines.

Temperature-controlled medicines will be distributed twice a week from China's Shenzhen to countries via Dubai and Addis Ababa, according to the Ethiopian Airlines.

Noting that the end-to-end transportation process requires a highly effective cold chain management, the Ethiopian national carrier said that during the flight, the entire cold chain cabin will be equipped with a temperature control system that monitors the cabin's temperature in real-time.

The cargo terminal in Ethiopia, occupying an area of 54,000 square meters, is outfitted with compartmentalized cold storage facilities, the airlines has announced. Enditem

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