|Ethiopian Starts flights to Tokyo, the only Air Service between Japan and Africa - 23 April, 2015|
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that
it has started new services to Tokyo Narita International Airport in April 21, 2015,
in codeshare partnership with fellow Star Alliance member, All Nippon Airways, Japan’s
The thrice weekly flight, the only direct connection between Africa and Japan,
will be operated through Hong Kong with the ultra-modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft,
which offers customers the best on-board comfort with the biggest windows in the
sky, high ceiling, less noise than any aircraft with less carbon footprint, and
higher cabin humidity ideal for long haul travel.
The flight schedule in local times is as follows:
Departure days & time
Arrival days & time
||Tue, Thur, Sat 22:15
||Wed, Fri, Sun 19:30
||Wed, Fri, Sun 20:45
||Mon, Thu, Sat 06:00
Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines Group, Ato Tewolde Gebremariam,
said: "As the only direct service between Africa and Japan, our flights to Narita
will give our customers the best possible connectivity options and will be critical
role in enabling greater people-to-people, investment, trade and tourism ties between
a rising Africa, the second fastest growing region in the world, and a highly industrialized
Japan, the third largest economy in the world."
Tokyo is one of the world’s most populous metropolis and serves as Japan’s political,
economic and cultural hub. Japan is the world’s third largest economy and one of
the main financial and economic centers with growing investment, trade and tourism
ties with Africa. Ethiopian flights to Tokyo will enable the strengthening of investment,
trade, tourism and people-to-people ties between Africa and Japan.
Ethiopian is a Pan-African global carrier voted by Passenger Choice Awards as
the Best in Africa for two consecutive years, in the most comprehensive survey in
the industry. The airline operates the youngest fleet in the continent with an average
of less than 7 years and currently serves 84 international destinations across 5
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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