Ethiopian Airlines pushes into Africa
Ethiopian Airlines has announced an expansion of its Asian network, adding three new destinations: Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Seoul, as of June 18th, 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.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are proud to add Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, and Seoul to Ethiopian AirlinesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ wide-reaching route network.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“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,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Tewolde Gebremariam, chief executive, 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.