News Release Ethiopian Airlines
Tigrai Online Nov. 07, 2012
Ethiopian Airlines celebrates anniversaries of inaugural flights to 14 destinations in the month of November. Notable among them is the inaugural flight to Beijing operated with Boeing 720 on November 7, 1973, thus marking 40 years of uninterrupted service to China.
A pioneer in African aviation, Ethiopian was the first African carrier and the fourth in the world to fly to China. Since the first flight 40 years ago, China has been a key market and continues to be one of the most important destinations for Ethiopian. Currently, Ethiopian has non-stop daily flights to Beijing and Guangzhou. In total, Ethiopian serves 25 weekly flights to four destinations in China, which will grow to 28 weekly flights at the end of the month.
“The start of flights to China 40 years ago marks an important milestone in the history of the airline. We were there at the very beginning when China started opening up to the world and have ever since been providing reliable services to the country. With the exponential growth in overall ties between China and Africa in recent years, we have significantly scaled up our operations to the country. China-Africa relations are forecasted to grow significantly in the coming years, and Ethiopian Airlines will be there to cater to the needs of the travelling public by availing the best possible connections to Africa, using the most modern aircraft, said CEO Tewolde Gebremariam.
The month of November is also significant in Ethiopian Airlines’ history with the largest number of flight inaugurals, including Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Brazzaville, Bujumbura, Brazzaville, Entebbe, Guangzhou, Juba, Kuwait and Maputo.
Flights to Bujumbura were inaugurated 25 years ago on November 14, 1978, and to Brazzaville 20 years ago, on November 1, 1983. Since its humble beginning in 1945, Ethiopian has always been dedicated to “Bringing Africa Together,” “Connecting Africa to the World” and now embodies “The New Spirit of Africa”, a continent confident in its ability and promising future.
Ethiopian, the fastest growing airline in Africa, is set to increase frequencies on its Abidjan route by offering daily flights, effective November 25, 2012. Ethiopian currently operates thrice weekly services to Abidjan.
Traffic to and from Abidjan, the commercial capital of Côte d’Ivoire and the most important economic hub in French speaking West Africa, has shown tremendous increase recently, due to the robust economic growth the country has been registering. To meet this increasing demand and to improve flexibility for its esteemed customers, the airline will add four additional flights to and from Abidjan. The new frequencies are already available for booking.
Ato Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian said: "The daily service to/from Abidjan will now enable Ethiopian to connect the fast growing city to Asian, Middle East, European, and other African countries"
Ethiopian inaugurated its maiden flight to Abidjan on November 1, 1980 and has been serving the city uninterruptedly ever since.About Ethiopian Airlines
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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