Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it will become the first African carrier to operate scheduled flights to Seoul, the Republic of South Korea effective Wednesday June 18, 2013 using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.The B787 is 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 will fly four weekly services (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) to Incheon International Airport in Seoul and its inaugural flight will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and South Korea.Various ministers, ambassadors, high level officials, members of the business community and an Ethiopian cultural troupe will be on-board the inaugural flight. Joint high profile events such as government, business, trade, tourism, cultural and academic forums highlighting the great potential of the relations between the two countries are scheduled to take place in Seoul from 19 to 21 June 2013.
"With the economic boom of Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular and the growing ties with South Korea, we are pleased to provide the critically essential air connectivity using the 1st African B787 to Seoul", said CEO Tewolde Gebremariam of Ethiopian Airlines.With the new flights to Seoul, Ethiopian will be able to offer easy and convenient connections thru its main hub in Addis Ababa to passengers travelling either for business or leisure between Africa and South Korea. As of 18 June 2013, Seoul will be connected to dozens of cities in Africa via Ethiopian main hub in Addis Ababa such as Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos, Accra and Dares-Salaam.
Seoul will be Ethiopian 73rd international destination. The inclusion of Seoul into Ethiopian network is part of Ethiopian Vision 2025 of connecting Africa with the major world economic and financial hubs.