|Ethiopian Launches First Direct Flight Between Shanghai and Africa - 01 April, 2014|
Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and most profitable Airline in Africa,
is pleased to announce the commencement of daily services to Shanghai, China as
of 29 March 2014. Ethiopian operates the Shanghai flight using its B787 Dreamliner
with 24 Cloud Nine Business Class and 246 Economy Class seats.
Shanghai is the largest city in China, and the country’s economic and financial
hub with growing ties with Africa. Ethiopian passengers traveling between Shanghai
and Africa will enjoy direct flights with the B787 Dreamliner, which offers the
best on-board comfort of any aircraft with greatly reduced noise, biggest windows
in the sky, higher ceiling, higher humidity, unique lightening and extra leg space.
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Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, said "We are very proud of
our continuous service to China for over 40 years. Ethiopian was one of only
four international airlines to operate to the country back in 1973. Today, with
28 weekly direct flights operated with latest technology airplanes and multiple
awards winning customer service, we offer the best connectivity from 4 major
cities in China to 48 cities in Africa and 2 cities in Brazil. It is really
fascinating for us to see that our network in China is growing very fast along
with the growth of trade, investment and tourism between China and Africa.
Shanghai is the economic and financial hub of a booming Chinese economy, and our
direct flights will promote increased mobility of people and goods, which is
critically important for the socio-economic development of an expanding
Shanghai will be Ethiopian 80 th international destination.
With this new flight, Shanghai will be connected to 66 cities across Africa via
Ethiopian main hub in Addis Ababa. Convenient connections will be available to and
from major African cities such as Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Entebbe, Lagos, Johannesburg,
Abuja, Libreville, Luanda, Lusaka, Harare, Maputo, and Douala among others.
A multiple award winner in 2013, Ethiopian was voted as the Best Airline in Africa
by the African Airlines Association and by Passenger Choice Awards. It was also
recognized by SKTRAX as Best Staff Service in Africa and Best Business Class Airline
in Africa by Chinese travelers.
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 80 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 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 registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.
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