Monday, May 21, 2012

Ethiopian Airlines to launch non-stop flight to Toronto

Ethiopian Boeing 777-200LR
Ethiopian  Boeing  777-200LR

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, announced new flights from Addis Ababa to Toronto, the only regular scheduled non-stop flights from Toronto to Africa.
The first flight will operate on 16 July 2012, according to a press release from Ethiopia’s flag carrier.

This new flight will be the only regularly scheduled non-stop flights from Toronto to the African continent. Operated with its brand new B777-200LR aircraft, configured with 321 seats, the airline will fly twice a week to Toronto.

“Ethiopian was unable to start with more than 2 flights per week due to bilateral limitations, but plans to immediately increase the frequency once approval is obtained,” the statement said.

“It has been our vision to connect Toronto with our hub, Addis, and to the rest of the world. Now, Ethiopian is committed to start services to the exciting market of Toronto twice a week, introducing a new route between Africa and Canada,” Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said.
He said the flight will reinforce the ties between Canada and Ethiopia enhancing trade and investment.

Toronto will be Ethiopian’s 67th international destination, and second in the Americas. With this new flight, Toronto will be connected to dozens of cities in Africa via Ethiopian’s hub at Addis Ababa, including Johannesburg, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Kigali, Lusaka, Bujumbura, the Seychelles, Douala, Kinshasa, and Harare.
Recently, Ethiopian joined Star Alliance, the leading global airline network. Passengers traveling from cities such as Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Boston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and San Francisco will find convenient connections via Toronto using Ethiopian’s partner Air Canada on the new flightAs member of the Star Alliance, members of Air Canada’s Aeroplan program will be able to earn miles on this and any flight operated by Ethiopian Airlines, the statement said. 

Ethiopian won Gold in the African Airline of the Year 2011/2012 Awards organized by the African Aviation News Portal.

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