Ethiopian Airlines is set to begin operating flights between Addis Ababa and Los Angeles via Dublin in June 2015.
The carrier will schedule its Addis Ababa-Dublin-Los Angeles round trips three times a week with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner wide bodies.
Ethiopian Airlines took delivery on August 14, 2012 of the first of 10 Boeing 787-8s it had on order
According to Ethiopian Airlines, its flights will represent the only direct service connecting Africa with Ireland and the West Coast of the United States. Similarly, the flights will be the only non-stop service between Dublin and Los Angeles, the airline says.
Travelers from Los Angeles and Ireland will be able to connect at Ethiopian’s Bole International Airport hub in Addis Ababa to and from the 49 destinations the airline serves in Africa.
“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, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group.
Ethiopian Airlines’ first Boeing 777-200LR was delivered in November 2010, As of 2014, the carrier had six 777-200LRs in service
“As these flights will be the first and only direct air route linking Africa with Ireland and the West Coast of the U.S., 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,” added Gebremariam.
With the addition of Dublin, the airline’s 11th European city, and Los Angeles, its fourth destination in the Americas, Ethiopian international network will cover 85 destinations across 5 continents.
Ethiopian Airlines claims to operate the youngest fleet in Africa, its aircraft having an average age of less than seven years. It currently serves 83 international destinations in five continents, operating more than 200 daily departures.
On September 20, 2014, Ethiopian Airlines was revealed as the customer for a firm order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, the carrier also securing options and purchase rights for a further 15 737 MAX 8s. The order represents the largest single Boeing order from an African carrier in terms of the number of aircraft involved. This computer graphic image shows a Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Ethiopian Airlines’ livery
Ethiopian airline is the fastest-growing and most profitable airline in Africa. In 2014, IATA ranked Ethiopian as the largest airline in Africa in terms of revenue and profit.
Over nearly 70 years of operation, Ethiopian airline has been a technology leader in African aviation. It operated the first jet service in the continent in 1962.
In 1984 Ethiopian airline became the first African carrier to operate the Boeing 767; it became the first African airline to operate the Boeing 777-200LR, in 2010; and became the first African airline and third carrier overall to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, in 2012.
Ethiopian Airlines to launch direct flights to Los Angeles