Press Release


Ethiopian Announces New Flights to Riyadh

Ethiopian will launch three weekly flights to Riyadh effective June 02, 2009, operating with a mix of B737-800 and B737-700 aircraft. The three weekly flights will be operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays with return flights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, is a major business centre and one of the world's fastest growing cities.

With these new flights, passengers from cities throughout Africa – including Lagos, Johannesburg, Nairobi, and Dar es Salaam – will enjoy the fastest connections to Riyadh offered by any carrier.

Operation to/from Riyadh (RUH)

Flight Origin Depart Arrive Destination Via Effective Days
ET412 Addis Ababa 2310 0210 + 1 Riyadh Nonstop 02 Jun 09 Tue/Thu/Sun
ET413 Riyadh 0410 0710 Addis Ababa Nonstop 03 Jun 09 Mon/Wed/Fri

In line with its growth strategy, Ethiopian is committed to expand its fast, seamless and convenient network connectivity of African cities with the major capitals of the world. Accordingly, the flight services we are introducing to Riyadh will provide more choices and convenient connections for our passengers between Saudi Arabia and 34 stations in Africa.

To celebrate these new flights, Ethiopian announces special bonus mileage offers in its ShebaMiles program for a limited time. For each roundtrip flown on Ethiopian’s new flights to or from Malabo, earn 2000 bonus miles in economy class and 4000 miles in Cloud Nine business class. Use earned ShebaMiles to earn free trips or upgrades on Ethiopian Airlines or our partner Lufthansa. This offer is valid through 30 November 2009, and other restrictions apply. If you’re not already a member of the ShebaMiles program, sign up at www.ethiopianairlines.com/en/shebamiles/signup.aspx.

About Ethiopian

In August 2008 Ethiopian won the 2008 Corporate Achievement Award of Aviation & Allied Business for setting the pace and continued contribution towards the growth of African aviation industry.

In addition, Ethiopian is the first African carrier to win the 2008 Brussels Airport Company Award in recognition of its distinguished long haul operations which have been manifested through the development of new routes, new products and close cooperation with Brussels Airport in marketing activities.

Ethiopian was also named the winner of the 2008 Best Airline in Africa Award at the African Travel Award in Lagos, Nigeria for its excellent network and convenient connections in Africa.

Ethiopian Airlines, www.ethiopianairlines.com, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946. With the addition of flight services to Riyadh and Malabo, Ethiopian will provide dependable services to 34 cities in Africa and a total of 55 international destinations spread across the globe with the summer season.


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