Thursday, 18 May 2017

ETHIOPIA: Ethiopian Airlines Routes 2017

Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it will move up the start date of its Addis Ababa-Chengdu service. Originally scheduled for June 6, this route will now launch on May 22 using a Boeing 787-8 three times a week.

Chengdu is the capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan province with its history dating back to at least the 4th century BC. At that time, it was the capital for the Shu Kingdom. Artifacts from that dynasty can be seen at the Jinsha Site Museum.

The city is also home to the world-famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a conservation center where visitors can view endangered giant pandas in a natural habitat.

Addis Ababa, is the sprawling Ethiopian capital bordering the Great Rift Valley. It’s National Museum exhibits Ethiopian art, traditional crafts, and prehistoric fossils, and includes replicas of the famous early hominid, “Lucy.”

Ethiopian is a Star Alliance member.

Ethiopian Airlines has added an Addis Ababa-Frankfurt route to its schedule, which will go into effect on June 1, delayed from the originally scheduled March 26 start date. The route will be operated on an Airbus A350.

Most service for the period March 26 – May 31 will be operated by 777-200LR, with some dates operated by a 787-8.

On its Addis Ababa-Mumba route, the airline has changed its plans for the Airbus A350-900XWB, as this aircraft will now see more destinations added to its schedule. For the added departure, an A350 will fly on one of the 2 daily flights.

Over the next six months, Ethiopian Airlines will add seven new destinations in what will make 2017 probably a record year of new cities served out of Addis Ababa.

From the beginning of February to the end of June will Ethiopian launch new services to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Antananarivo (Madagascar), Conakry (Guinea), Oslo (Norway), Chengdu (China), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Singapore (Singapore). With the

addition of these stations, Ethiopian will have service from Addis Ababa to 98 different international cities across the world.

Said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of the airline group: ‘Africa’s share of the Global Aviation is the smallest which is only around 3%. As the largest airline group in the continent, we are highly concerned on the low base of air connectivity in the continent and we are setting record expansion to enable Africans enjoy safe, reliable and economical air connectivity both within the continent and between the continent and the rest of the world.

Looking beyond the current economic slowdown especially in the oil export dependent economies of Africa, we firmly believe that the continent will become the magnet for foreign direct investment, trade and tourism, which are the engines of air travel growth and in turn efficient air connectivity also drives socio economic development and we are happy to contribute our share in the 21st Century African Transformation’.

In 2016 Ethiopian Airlines did launch flights to Moroni (Comoros), Windhoek (Namibia) and Newark (United States) as well as adding three more cities in Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Airlines is getting ever closer to reaching 100 worldwide destinations, when on the 28th of March this year Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, will become the carrier’s 95th destination.

Initially will the world’s largest island, located in the Indian Ocean, be served three times a week with a Boeing B737-800NG, leaving Addis Ababa every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and returning directly to the Ethiopian capital.

Said Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, earlier today when making the announcement: ‘Ethiopian, as a flagship carrier of Africa, is pleased to add Madagascar to its wide route network. Having started serving Africa seven decades ago with our motto “Bringing Africa Closer”, we are now continually enhancing our services and working to “Connect Africa to the World”. As air connectivity is an essential cause and driver of a nation’s socio-economic integration, our new service will certainly contribute for a growing business and bilateral cooperation with other sisterly African cities. Moreover, travelers from Madagascar will be seamlessly connected with Ethiopian ever-expanding network across five continents. I would like to thank all who made this route possible‘.

Connectivity to Madagascar and for flights from Antananarivo via Addis Ababa into the global network is said to be extensive offering early onward flights both ways.

Ethiopian Airlines will in February commence flights from Addis Ababa to Conakry, serving the Guinean capital initially five times a week. As announced in November last year will Ethiopian return to Conakry after some absence and use a Boeing B787 for the flights which will launch on the 01st of next month. From Conakry will Ethiopian be able to offer onward flights into the region through ASKY, a partner airline which is part owned by Ethiopian and assisted with management support.

No sooner had Ethiopian Airlines announced flights to Singapore is the next South East Asian destination set for launch in 2017.

Effective 02nd of June next year will Ethiopian Airlines commence thrice a week services to the Indonesian capital, with a stop in Bangkok each way.

The Boeing B787 Dreamliner used will offer a two class configuration of Business and Economy and leave Addis Ababa every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, returning from Jakarta the next morning to Addis.

Said the airline’s CEO Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam: ‘As the fastest growing airline in Africa, Ethiopian is pleased to offer the opportunity to business people as well as tourists to explore Jakarta’s potential both for investment and leisure. This move will further increase our presence in Asia, connecting Africa to the Asia region and in turn strengthening the tourism and trade ties between the peoples of Africa and Asia. Moreover, pilgrims and the West African community residing in Indonesia will be enjoying hassle-free connections to Ethiopian’s vast African network via its hub at Addis Ababa. Ethiopian Airlines is working very hard to connect Africa with the major trading centers of the world and Jakarta, Indonesia is one of them‘.

Ethiopian Airlines will launch nonstop flights from Addis Ababa to Singapore, one of the South East’s most important commercial, financial and even aviation hubs, on June 2, 2017.

The flights will be operated with a two class Boeing B787 Dreamliner and leave Addis Ababa every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, returning to Ethiopia the following day.

Both departure from ADD and return to ADD are timed to open up the almost entire African network of Ethiopian Airlines with connections into Eastern, Western, Central and Southern Africa.

The airline’s CEO, Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam said when making the announcement: ‘In our continuous effort of connecting the continent of Africa with its major trading partner around the world through direct services and with the youngest fleet of modern airplanes, we are glad that we are able to offer a direct and non-stop services to the Lion City, Singapore, a global aviation center and a preferred gateway to Asia and Australia.

Our direct and non stop flights will serve the growing traffic between Africa and Singapore, giving the best possible connectivity options to passengers traveling between most points in Asia and Africa, in partnership with fellow Star member, Singapore Airlines.

Moreover, our customers can now enjoy the ultimate travel experience on board Ethiopian Dreamliner; unparalleled comfort with less noise, biggest windows in the sky, higher ceiling, unique lighting and higher humidity.

Ethiopian flights to Singapore will also greatly contribute to the strengthening of trade, investment, and tourism ties between a booming Africa and a highly developed, innovative, and business-friendly Singapore.

Ethiopian Airlines, the erstwhile Pan African carrier, serves 50 destinations across the continent and continues expanding both in Africa as well as across the world.

Ethiopian Airlines, has just confirmed that it will start four weekly flights to Victoria Falls – the site of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The airline will use its latest Boeing 737-800 New Generation with Sky Interior on the new route.

Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, said when making the announcement: ‘It is a continuation of our efforts to achieve the goal of connecting Africa to the world, by adding multiple points in Africa and serving air connectivity needs of the continent.

Tourist travelers and vacationers from major cities in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa will enjoy hassle-free connections to Victoria Falls via our strategic hub at Addis Ababa.

Looking forward, we shall continue to expand our network in Africa to better promote and facilitate growth in the business and tourism sectors, as clearly outlined in our fifteen years growth strategy, Vision 2025’.

Ethiopian Airlines, by far the fastest growing airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it will commence scheduled five weekly flights to Oslo, Norway via Stockholm with the ultra – modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner effective March 26, 2017.

Oslo is the capital, most populous city and governmental center in Norway, a hub to the Norwegian trade, banking, industry, and shipping.

Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked: “With Africa’s economic boom and its growing trade, investment, business and tourism ties with Europe in general and Norway in particular, Ethiopian is pleased to provide the essential air connectivity that will serve as the engine for the continued growth of these relations.

In addition to serving the growing travel needs between Oslo and Africa, we will be able to offer efficient connections between Africa and Central/Eastern Europe in cooperation with our Star Alliance partners.

The inclusion of Oslo in the Ethiopian network is part of Ethiopian Vision 2025 of connecting Africa with the major world economic and financial hubs. I would like to thank all who worked hard towards making this route possible.”

Ethiopian will be deploying the most modern aircraft in the world on this flight, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which not only offers unparalleled on-board comfort to passengers, but is also the world’s most environmentally friendly aircraft with its lower fuel usage and noise emissions.

Ethiopian’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner is configured with 24 business class and 246 economy seats, all of which are equipped with on-demand video monitors featuring a variety of entertainment options.

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