Ethiopian Airlines Announces Major Expansion in East Asia

It is going to add three new destinations: Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Seoul, as of June 18, 2013.And Hong Kong will now be served via daily nonstop service from Addis Ababa instead of the current four-times-a-week flights routed through Bangkok.


March 21, 2013 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, announced an expansion of its Asian network, adding three new destinations: Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Seoul, as of June 18, 2013.

In addition, flights from Addis Ababa to Hong Kong will no longer need to stop in Bangkok; Hong Kong will now be served via daily non-stop service from Addis Ababa instead of the current four-times-a-week flights routed through Bangkok. Also effective June 18, the daily Bangkok services will extend to Kuala Lumpur and to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The Addis Ababa-Bangkok-Kuala Lumpur service will increase from three to four weekly flights. Three of the daily flights to Bangkok will extend to Ho Chi Minh using a 246-seat 767-300ER aircraft.

“We are proud to add Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, and Seoul to Ethiopian Airlines’ wide-reaching route network. The expansion to these three new gateways is a continuation of our efforts to achieve the goal of connecting Africa to the world, by adding multiple points in Asia and serving the air connectivity needs of the continent,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.

The move will give the airline two gateways in Asia: Bangkok will serve mainland Southeast Asia and Hong Kong will serve East Asian cities.

About Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, made its maiden international flight to Cairo in1946 and now provides dependable services to 73 international destinations spanning four continents.

Ethiopian Airlines is proud to be a Star Alliance member. The Star Alliance network is the leading global airline network offering customers convenient worldwide reach and a smoother travel experience. The Star Alliance network offers more than 21,555 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries.

Ethiopian is a multi-award winner for its commitment and contributions toward the development and growth of the African aviation industry and in recognition of its distinguished long-haul operations enhanced by the introduction of new routes and products. Recently, Ethiopian won the “Airline Reliability Performance Award” from Bombardier Aerospace; “African Airline of the Year Award” from Air Transport Quarterly Magazine; “Transformation Award 2012” from Planet Africa Network; and the “International Diamond Prize for Excellence in Quality” from the European Society for Quality Research (ESQR). Also Captain Desta Zeru, Vice President of Flight Operations for Ethiopian, won an “Africa Legend of Travel” award from African Travel Quarterly (ATQ) magazine and Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam won “African CEO of the Year” from the African CEO Forum as well as “African Business Leader of the Year” from the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA).

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