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September 26, 2018 - by Jon Ostrower for The Air Current
The surprisingly fast growth of the Africa-China airlink
On a sparkling summer day in 2012, Ethiopian Airlines took delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner from Boeing. In the months leading up to the handover, the largest carrier in Africa had earmarked its new long-range airliner for the route between Ethiopia and Guangzhou.
At the last minute, Ethiopian changed its mind. Washington-Dulles, home to the large Ethiopian diaspora community, would get the first long distance hop for Ethiopian's 787 fleet, not China.
The late reversal, explained Ethiopian's chief executive Tewolde GebreMariam, was because "the China route is very dense." GebreMariam told the Wall Street Journal the airline's larger 777-200LR, with its higher cargo and passenger capacity, kept it the priority on the route to China.
The next decade is slated to make the airlink between Africa-China the fastest growing on the planet, according to one key forecast. The expansion is...