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Ethiopian Airlines to fly Addis Ababa – Dublin – Los Angeles


ETHIOPIAN Airlines has announced that it has finalized preparations to commence flights from Addis Ababa to Dublin and Los Angeles, starting from June 2015. This new route was revealed earlier by Irish Travel Trade News on July 1 last year. Ethiopian’s flights to Dublin and Los Angeles will be operated three times a week with the ultra-modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which offers unparalleled onboard comfort to passengers. The flights will be the only direct service connecting Africa with Ireland and the West Coast of the United States. Travellers from Los Angeles and Ireland will be able to enjoy seamless and convenient connectivity options thanks to Ethiopian’s extensive network in Africa covering 49 destinations. Similarly, as the flights will be the only direct service between Dublin and Los Angeles, the Irish and US travelling public between the two cities will greatly benefit from the opening of the route.

“Our new flights connecting Addis Ababa, Dublin and Los Angeles will play a critical role in the expansion of trade, tourism investment between the fast growing continent of Africa, and the United States and Ireland,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive, Ethiopian Airlines Group. “As these flights will be the first and only direct air route linking Africa with Ireland and the West Coast of the USA, they will bring these two seemingly far away cities much closer to Africa and will facilitate mobility and connectivity for businesses and the large African diaspora community living in the West Coast of the United States. “In line with our Vision 2025 strategic roadmap, we are expanding our network and deploying the most technologically advanced aircraft as part of our commitment to our customers to provide them the best possible travel experience and connectivity options. Our flights to Dublin and Los Angeles will be operated with the B787 Dreamliner, which offers unmatched onboard comfort, especially for such a very long-haul route, with its unique features such as greatly reduced noise, higher cabin air humidity, biggest windows in the sky, and spacious cabin interior.”

Ethiopian Airlines to Fly ex-Dublin with Dreamliner

Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive of Ethiopian Airlines, paid a flying visit to Dublin to brief the media on the airline’s new service that will link the three continents; Africa, Europe and North America. The carrier will be the first airline to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner into Dublin when it commences its Addis Ababa-Dublin-Los Angeles service on 19th June 2015. The aircraft will be in a two-class configuration of 24-J  and 246-Y.

Gebermariam said that he had got tremendous support from the daa for the route and that Vienna Airport had a made a similar proposal – but they favoured the daa proposal in the end. Ethiopian will be targeting Irish business travellers and NGOs for both sectors, with J class fares of €2,500 from Dublin to Addia Ababa and €3,000 from Dublin to Los Angeles. 

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