Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, is pleased to announce
that it has added South America, the fifth continent in its route network, with
the launching of new services to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as of today
- July 1, 2013.
The inaugural flight to these destinations is operated using Ethiopian B787 Dreamliner,
the most technologically advanced commercial aircraft offering unparalleled on-board
comfort to passengers with high ceiling, the biggest windows in the sky, greatly
reduced noise, unique lighting system and higher level of humidity.
Ethiopian flight to Brazil is operated through its second hub in Lomé, Togo,
three times a week. The addition of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro will bring the
number of its international destinations across five continents to 75. The flights
will be the only connection between West Africa and Brazil.
Ethiopian and its partner airline in West Africa, ASKY, coordinate their schedules
to give short, seamless and convenient connections to West Africa passengers travelling
to and from Brazil.
Brazil has one of the fastest growing economies and the fifth largest in the
world. Sao Paulo is the biggest city in the country and the southern hemisphere.
It is the economic and financial hub of the country, hosting the headquarters of
numerous major corporations.
Rio de Janeiro, its second largest city, is the most visited city in the southern
hemisphere and is known for its natural beauty, beaches and carnivals. It is also
home to the famous statue of Christ the Redeemer, which is listed as one of the
New Seven Wonders of the World.
"We are very pleased to announce to our customers that Ethiopian is spreading
its wings to South America. The China-India-Africa-Brazil trade lane is the fastest
growing in the world. Our new Brazil flights will provide efficient connections
with 28 weekly flights to 4 destinations in China, 14 weekly flights to the 2 major
cities in India, daily flights to Lebanon, five weekly flights to Tel Aviv and almost
daily flights to 45 cities across Africa. The various communities throughout the
world with strong ties to Brazil will be able to enjoy smooth and convenient connections.
Our customers on this new route will also enjoy the unique cabin products and features
of the global technology leader aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner." said CEO Tewolde
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its
operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s
leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.
Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network
operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 75 international destinations
across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally
friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, 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 aviation group in Africa with seven business
centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger
Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight
Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service.
Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline and a member of Star Alliance since
2011 registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.
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