Increasing its presence in the Middle East, Ethiopian Airlines has begun three-times-weekly services linking Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa with Muscat, the capital of the...

Increasing its presence in the Middle East, Ethiopian Airlines has begun three-times-weekly services linking Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa with Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman.

Oman, located on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, is a popular Middle East tourism destination. The country boasts a wide variety of beaches along its 1,700-kilometer (1,050-mile) coastline; popular activities include scuba diving, rock climbing, surfing, sailing, cave exploration, and camel races. There are many shopping malls, mainly in Muscat, and souqs (traditional Arab markets) can be found in many towns throughout the country.

“We are pleased that Ethiopian is starting the service at the time the Arab League Tourism Ministers nominate Muscat as ‘Arab Tourism Capital 2012’,” said Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. “The Sultanate offers popular tourist attractions such as the Wadis (valleys), parks, beaches and mountains to be explored and experienced with its timeless traditions.”

Ethiopian Airlines has 15 Boeing 737-800s in service and on order. The Addis Ababa carrier operates the type with cabins configured for 16 business-class seats and 138 economy-class seats

Muscat is Ethiopian Airlines’ seventh destination in the Middle East and 63rd worldwide.

Ethiopian Airlines’ flight schedule on the rotue sees flight ET624 leave Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport (IATA code ADD) at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and arrive at Muscat International Airport (MCT) at 4:10 a.m. the following morning, local time.

In the other direction, flight ET625 departs MCT at 5:10 a.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and touches down at ADD at 7:50 a.m. local time.

Ethiopian says that, with this new flight, Muscat will be connected to dozens of cities in Africa via Ethiopian’s hub at Addis Ababa. Convenient connections will be available to and from cities such as Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos, Accra, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Entebbe, and Lusaka.

Until it receives the first of 12 Airbus A350-900s it has on order, Ethiopian Airlines' medium- and long-haul fleet is entirely comprised of Boeing aircraft. The carrier operates Boeing 737-700s, 737-800s, 757s, 767-300ERs (like the one seen here taking off from Boon its delivery flight from Boeing's Everett facility in 2003) and Boeing 777-200LRs. Ethiopian also has 10 Boeing 787-8s on order and additionally operates eight Bombardier Q400 turboprops on domestic and regional routes

The airline is offering a promotional fare from Addis Ababa to Muscat starting from US$240 one way and US$428 for a round-trip ticket excluding tax. The introductory fare is valid for travel until March 31, 2012. To book, visit

One of Africa’s largest and fastest-growing carriers, Ethiopian Airlines made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946. With the addition of new flight services to Muscat, Ethiopian provides dependable services to 63 international destinations spanning four continents.

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