#AfriTravel: Ethiopian Airlines adds 6th gateway to the Americas

2017-11-09 09:32 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Ethiopian Airlines delivery of first 787-9 Dreamliner. (Photo: Ethiopian Airlines)

Cape Town - Days after making history when Africa’s first Ethiopian B787-9 landed at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, Ethiopian Airlines, has announced that it has finalized preparations to start five weekly flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina, come March 8, 2018.  

Buenos Aires is the world’s capital of Tango, home of centurion old buildings and a vibrant cultural scene. Argentina is one of the largest economies in Latin America and  Buenos Aires is the 2nd largest city in South America with a population of over 13 million.

As the largest airline in Africa, Ethiopian services Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, São Paulo, and Buenos Aires will become its 6th destination in the Americas.  

Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam says, "Our new flight to Buenos Aires will provide efficient connections to our network in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, including Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, Mumbai, Delhi, Dubai, Beirut, Nairobi, and Cairo.

"We are all the more happy that the flights will be launched on 8 March, International Women’s Day. To mark this important occasion and as part of our commitment of mainstreaming gender into our core business, the inaugural flight on 8 March will be an all women-operated flight," says GebreMariam.

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Expansion of Zanzibar flights

The airline expanded its state-of-the-art fleet to Zanzibar as part of what it says is its "commitment to serving Africa, its home market, with the most advanced and latest technology aircraft the industry has to offer". 

Currently, Ethiopian Airlines is operating daily flights to Zanzibar via Kilimanjaro. As of December 2017, it will commence thrice weekly direct flight, every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. 

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