|Ethiopian 787 Flies into Dublin ahead of new direct flights from Dublin to Addis Ababa and Los Angel - 20 March, 2015|
The first service linking three continents
A little piece of history was made today as Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner B787
made a scheduled first visit to Dublin Airport. Earlier this year the largest airline
in Africa announced that it would commence three times weekly flights direct from
Dublin to Addis Ababa and Dublin direct to Los Angeles on the Dreamliner 787.
Dreamliner B787 Flight Number touched down at Dublin Airport on a short visit
ahead of its inaugural flight to Los Angeles on June 20th next. Ethiopian
Airlines Chief Executive Tewolde Gebremariam travelled on the aircraft from London
Heathrow with crew and a number of African journalists and were welcomed by Kevin
Toland, Chief Executive, of the Dublin Airport Authority.
This is the first time a Dreamliner 787 has made a scheduled stop in Dublin Airport.
The ultra-modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner offers unparalleled on-board comfort to passengers
especially for long haul routes with its unique features such as greatly reduced
noise, higher cabin air humidity, biggest windows in the sky and spacious cabin
These new flights commencing in June will be the only direct services connecting
Africa with Ireland and the West Coast of the United States, following Ireland’s
move to grant Ethiopian fifth freedom rights, enabling the airline to sell tickets
on all sectors of the new Addis Ababa to LA route.
Passengers from Ireland and Los Angeles will be able to enjoy seamless and convenient
connectivity options thanks to Ethiopian’s extensive network in Africa, spanning
49 destinations. Similarly, as the flights will be the only direct service between
Dublin and Los Angeles, the Irish and U.S. travelling public between the two cities
will greatly benefit from the opening of the route.
Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe welcomed
The Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner B787 into Dublin Airport for the first time: ‘This
is a very exciting day for Dublin airport and for Irish tourism.
“I very much look forward to the start of Ethiopian Airlines’ new Addis Ababa-Los
Angeles service via Dublin Airport in June, using the very impressive Dreamliner.
The new routes will strengthen Ireland’s connectivity to the west coast of the United
States and will provide the first direct link to Ethiopia and other points in Africa
and beyond from the Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa hub, offering additional choice
and convenience for passengers.”
daa Chief Executive Kevin Toland said he was delighted to welcome Ethiopian’s
Dreamliner to Dublin in advance of the official launch of the new Addis Ababa-Dublin-Los
Angeles service in June.
“Ethiopian’s Dublin route will be the only direct service connecting Africa with
Ireland and the west coast of the US. The new service will reconnect Dublin with
Los Angeles and bring unrivalled connectivity in Africa, opening up opportunities
from its Addis Ababa hub to almost 50 African destinations.
"The Dreamliner is a magnificent aircraft and the essence of comfort for any
long haul flight. We are very much looking forward to welcoming the inaugural direct
flight from Addis Ababa on June 20," he added.
Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group: "We are proud to
be the first airline to link Africa and Ireland and bring the ultra-modern 787 aircraft
to Dublin airport. I wish to thank the Government of Ireland and the airport authority
for their tremendous support, which has enabled the start of our flight in June.
Our flights connecting Addis Ababa, Dublin and Los Angeles will play a critical
role in the expansion of trade, tourism and investment between the fast growing
continent of Africa and Ireland".
Ethiopian Airlines also announced special promotional launch fares today for
the new routes, valid for travel from June 20th to November 31st
2015. You can fly direct to Addis or direct to Los Angeles from just €499.00 return
on the Dreamliner. This offer can be booked from March 20th to 30th
With the addition of Dublin, the airline’s 11th European city and
Los Angeles, its fourth point in the Americas, Ethiopian’s international
network will cover 85 destinations across 5 continents.
Ethiopian is a Pan-African global carrier voted by passengers as the Best
in Africa for two years in a row by Passenger Choice Awards, the most comprehensive
survey in the industry.
The airline operates the youngest fleet in the continent with an average of less
than seven years and currently serves 83 international destinations across five
continents with over 200 daily departures.
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing and most profitable airline
in Africa. In 2014, IATA ranked Ethiopian as the largest airline in Africa in revenue
and profit. In its operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has
been a pioneer of African aviation as an aircraft technology leader providing the
first jet service in the continent in 1962, and availing the first African B767
in 1984, the first African B777-200LR in 2010 and the first African and second only
to Japan B787 Dreamliner in 2012.
Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network
operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 83 international destinations
across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally
friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing
777-200LR Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. In fact, Ethiopian is
the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.
Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025
that will see it become the leading airline group in Africa with seven strategic
business units: Ethiopian International Passenger Service; Ethiopian Regional Service;
Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight
Catering Service and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning,
including SKYTRAX and Passenger Choice Awards in 2013 and has been registering an
average growth of 25% per annum in the past seven years.
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