Ethiopian Airlines celebrates anniversaries of inaugural flights to 14 destinations in the
month of November. Notable among them is the inaugural flight to Beijing operated
with Boeing 720 on November 7, 1973, thus marking 40 years of uninterrupted service
A pioneer in African aviation, Ethiopian was the first African carrier and the fourth in
the world to fly to China. Since the first flight 40 years ago, China has been a key market
and continues to be one of the most important destinations for Ethiopian. Currently,
Ethiopian has non-stop daily flights to Beijing and Guangzhou. In total, Ethiopian serves
25 weekly flights to four destinations in China, which will grow to 28 weekly flights at
the end of the month.
"The start of flights to China 40 years ago marks an important milestone in the history
of the airline. We were there at the very beginning when China started opening up to
the world and have ever since been providing reliable services to the country. With the
exponential growth in overall ties between China and Africa in recent years, we have
significantly scaled up our operations to the country. China-Africa relations are
forecasted to grow significantly in the coming years, and Ethiopian Airlines will be
there to cater to the needs of the travelling public by availing the best possible
connections to Africa, using the most modern aircraft", said CEO Tewolde
The month of November is also significant in Ethiopian Airlines’ history with the largest
number of flight inaugurals, including Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Brazzaville, Bujumbura,
Brazzaville, Entebbe, Guangzhou, Juba, Kuwait and Maputo.
Flights to Bujumbura were inaugurated 35 years ago on November 14, 1978, and to
Brazzaville 30 years ago, on November 1, 1983. Since its humble beginning in 1945,
Ethiopian has always been dedicated to "Bringing Africa Together," "Connecting Africa
to the World" and now embodies "The New Spirit of Africa", a continent confident in its
ability and promising future.
Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, made its maiden international flight to Cairo in
1946 and now the Airline provides dependable services to 70 international destinations spanning four
Ethiopian is proud to be a Star Alliance Member. The Star Alliance network is the leading global airline
network offering customers convenient worldwide reach and a smoother travel experience. The Star
Alliance network offers more than 21,555 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries.
Ethiopian is a multi-award winner for its commitment and contributions towards the development and
growth of the African aviation industry and in recognition of its distinguished long-haul operations
enhanced by the introduction of new routes and products. Recently, Ethiopian won Gold in the African
Airline of the Year 2011/2012 Awards organized by the African Aviation News Portal. Ethiopian also
received the 2011 AFRAA award for being consistently profitable over the years and has won the
"AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR 2011 Award" for its excellence in air cargo. Ethiopian also
won the 2012 "African Airline of the Year Award" from Air Transport Quarterly Magazine.
With its acquisition of and firm orders for several new modern fleet, the airline is well positioned to
pursue aggressively the implementation of its Vision 2025 strategic plan to become the leading aviation
group in Africa.
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