Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it has finalised preparations to launch flights to Moroni, Comoros, on October 30th. The carrier will use the latest B737-800 New Generation with Sky Interior on the route. Moroni is the largest city, the federal capital and seat of the government of the Union of the Comoros, a sovereign archipelago nation in the Indian Ocean.
Ethiopian Airlines will launch a three times weekly flight between Addis Ababa and Durban on December 16th. The launch will be airline’s third destination in South Africa, after Johannesburg and Cape Town. Durban is the second largest metropolitan city and the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa.
Ethiopian Airlines is enhancing its offering to the UK business travel market with an improved business class product and the introduction of two new programmes designed to win loyalty among corporates and individual business travellers flying with the airline on business. UK business travellers who regularly fly with Ethiopian are invited to join the new ‘Corporate Bonus Program’.
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest and most profitable airline in Africa, has secured a UD$41.4 million seven-year junior loan facility from ING Capital LLC for the acquisition of two Boeing 777 freighter aircraft. The senior debt is supported by Ex-Im Bank and was provided by another financial institution with ING as their co-arranger.
Ethiopian Airlines has finalised preparations to commence flights to Dublin and Los Angeles starting from June 2015. Ethiopian flights to Dublin and Los Angeles will be operated three times a week with the ultra-modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which offers unparalleled on-board comfort to passengers. The flights will be the only direct service connecting Africa with Ireland and the West Coast of the United States.
Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines have announced an order for 20 737 MAX 8s. The order, previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is worth more than $2.1 billion at list prices and also includes options and purchase rights for a further 15 737 MAX 8s. The order represents the largest single Boeing order by number of airplanes from an African carrier.
Ethiopian Airlines, the first carrier to debut the advanced Boeing 787 Dreamliner to London Heathrow, has moved to its new UK home at Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal. It will join a host of Star Alliance members at the brand new £2.5 billion state-of-the-art terminal formally opened by Her Majesty the Queen in June.
Ethiopian Airlines has partnered with payment leader Worldpay to streamline its business transactions and meet the needs of its global customer base. Ashna Bhawan at Worldpay worked with Ethiopian Airlines to implement a customised payment solution that integrates with Ethiopian Airlines’ sales channels and Sabre Reservation System to process payments on behalf of Ethiopian.
Ethiopian Airlines has announced a codeshare agreement with United Airlines, effective August 30th, 2014. Ethiopian, the largest airline in Africa, currently flies to 83 international destinations across five continents.
Ethiopian Airlines has added its ninth Boeing 787 Dreamliner to its expanding fleet. The new aircraft which was received earlier and has been named ‘Great Wall of China’. This latest additional aircraft will support the route to Hong Kong from Addis Ababa.
Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing African airline, has started daily flights from London Heathrow to Addis Ababa with the additional service departing London Heathrow on Tuesday evenings. The new departure mirrors the existing schedule with departure from London Heathrow at 21:00 arriving into the Ethiopian capital’s Bole International Airport at 07:00 the next day.
Ethiopian Airlines has become the largest African carrier by revenue and profit according to the International Air Transport Association’s latest airline ranking – published in the 58th edition of World Air Transport Statistics. With revenue topping $2.3 billion in 2013, this is the first time Ethiopian Airlines has achieved such a ranking in its 69-year operating history.