News Release Ethiopian Airlines
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, August 09, 2012
Ethiopian Airlines, which will be the first airline in the world outside Japan to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, is pleased to announce rotating destinations, primarily in Africa, for its 1st Dreamliner.
The 1st Ethiopian Dreamliner will touch down in Addis Ababa at Bole International Airport on 17 August 2012. The first flight of Ethiopian Dreamliner dubbed "The Dream Tour," will be on August 18, 2012, with a sightseeing flight to Mount Kilimanjaro for around 270 invited guests, consisting of Ministers, Ambassadors, other VIPs, Ethiopian ShebaMiles Gold Members and media.
Thereafter, starting from 19 August 2012, the 1st Ethiopian Dreamliner will be operating on rotation basis to African destinations such as Kilimanjaro, Mombassa, Harare, Lusaka, Nairobi, Entebbe, Lagos, Johannesburg, Abuja, Malabo, Douala, Lomé, Accra, Maputo, Luanda as well as to Dubai, Mumbai, Rome, London and Frankfurt.
Passengers from and to the above destinations will enjoy the first and best possible on-board travel experience with Ethiopian Dreamliner. Our esteemed customers are encouraged to book with their local Ethiopian office or travel agency.
Mr Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian, said, "Ethiopian Airlines is a truly indigenous African airline, which has been pioneering the African aviation for the last 67 years and it is only natural for us to deploy our first B787 in Africa. In affirmation of its commitment as Africa’s flagship carrier, we are naming our 1st B787 Dreamliner as "Africa First" ".
Once the airline takes delivery of its 2nd Dreamliner, the aircraft will operate on an assigned scheduled route, which will be announced in near future.
Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, made its maiden international flight to Cairo in 1946 and now the Airline provides dependable services to 69 international destinations spanning four continents.
Ethiopian is proud to be a Star Alliance Member. The Star Alliance network is the leading global airline network offering customers convenient worldwide reach and a smoother travel experience. The Star Alliance network offers more than 21,555 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries.
Ethiopian is a multi-award winner for its commitment and contributions towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry and in recognition of its distinguished long-haul operations enhanced by the introduction of new routes and products. Recently, Ethiopian won Gold in the African Airline of the Year 2011/2012 Awards organized by the African Aviation News Portal. Ethiopian also received the 2011 AFRAA award for being consistently profitable over the years and has won the "AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR 2011 Award" for its excellence in air cargo. Ethiopian also won the NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009 and "the Airline of the Year 2009 Award" from the African Airlines Association (AFRAA).
With its acquisition of and firm orders for several new modern aircraft and its fast expanding network, the airline is well positioned to become the leading aviation group in Africa, per its Vision 2025 strategic roadmap.
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