Ethiopian Announces Service to Seven New Destinations Ethiopian Announces Service to Seven New Destinations
Ethiopian Airlines is planning to launch seven new destinations within five months during the first half of 2017. The addition of the seven destinations... Ethiopian Announces Service to Seven New Destinations

Ethiopian Airlines is planning to launch seven new destinations within five months during the first half of 2017.

The addition of the seven destinations will be one of the largest expansions in Ethiopian’s history, according to the airline.


The Boeing 787-8 is the workhorse of Ethiopian Airlines’ long-haul fleet, the carrier’s orders and leases for the type having grown to 19 aircraft

In the five months from February through June, Ethiopian will launch new services from its Addis Ababa hub to Victoria  Falls in Zimbabwe; Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo; Guinea’s capital Conakry; Norway’s capital Oslo; Chengdu in China; Indonesia’s capital Jakarta; and Singapore.

With the addition of these new destinations, Ethiopian Airlines will offer services from Addis Ababa to 98 cities internationally.

“Africa’s share of the global aviation [market] is the smallest … only around 3%,” says Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO. “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.”

Ethiopian Airlines’ first Airbus aircraft, a new A350-900 leased from AerCap, arrived at the carrier’s main base at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport on June 29, 2016

Adds GebreMariam: “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. 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 launched new routes to Moroni in the Comoros Islands, Namibia’s capital Windhoek, and Newark, as well as to three cities in Ethiopia ‒ Hawassa, Kebridahar and Dembidolo.

On December 29, 2015, Ethiopian Airlines signed a firm order for two additional Bombardier Q400s, increasing its fleet of the type to 19 aircraft

Ethiopian’s route-development plans call for it to be serving 120 destinations internationally by 2025. This means the carrier expects to add another 22 international destinations in the seven years from 2018 through 2024.

Based at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport, Ethiopian Airlines operates a diverse fleet which includes Bombardier Q400s, Boeing 737-700s, 737-800s, 757-200PCFs, 767-300ERs, 777-200LRs, 777-300ERs, 777Fs, 787-8s and Airbus A350-900s.

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