A new air cargo service linking Xiamen with São Paulo in Brazil was launched last Friday.
The first Ethiopian Airlines flight carrying 96 tonnes of cargo took off from Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, bound for São Paulo, the largest city in South America.
The cargo route will be operated by a Boeing B777F freighter, and has scheduled flights every Friday in February and every Monday and Friday from March.
Exports are mainly medical products, high-tech products and integrated circuits, while imports include seafood and fruits.
Tekle Yohannes, chief representative of Ethiopian Airlines Greater China and Mongolia, said the new freight transport route will promote the development of aviation logistics between the two BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries.
Ethiopian Airlines hopes to cooperate more with the Xiamen airport in the future, and open more routes to facilitate trade and personnel exchanges, he said.
Xiamen, the host city of the 9th BRICS Summit in 2017, launched the BRICS Partnership on New Industrial Revolution Innovation Centre in 2020.