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Ethiopian Airlines celebrates 45 years of service to London

Posted 9 July 2018 · Add Comment

Ethiopian launched its inaugural flight from London to Addis Ababa in June 1973 with just four flights per week stopping in Rome, Frankfurt and Cairo operating just two Boeing 720 aircraft.

 

Now, Ethiopian is the continents leading airline, having grown extensively over 45 years. It now operates 10 weekly non-stop flights between Heathrow to Addis Ababa using state of the art Airbus A350 and has announced 4 x weekly services between Manchester to Addis Ababa commencing 11th December 2018.  Its expanding international network now spans to 110 destinations across 5 continents including the largest African network of 54 destinations.  Last month it took delivery of their 100th aircraft a Boeing 787-900.

The event was held in the great conservatory at this beautiful London venue where over 120 guests enjoyed a night of true Ethiopian hospitality which included delicious Ethiopian food, excellent Ethiopian wines, traditional Ethiopian dancers and some fabulous prizes to give away.

Among the guests were H.E. Hailemichael Aberra, Ethiopian Ambassador to the UK, airline staff, old and new, partners form the travel and tourism industry, the media and many of the airlines valued supporters over the last 45 years.

Country manager for the UK, Michael Yohannes said “We are very proud to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Ethiopian Airlines operating from London. We offer our passengers from the UK a fantastic service with the chance to connect to over 54 countries in Africa through our hub in Addis Ababa. We would like to thank all those that have supported us in the last 45 years and we are excited about the future.”

Attending guests watched Ethiopian Airlines new video highlighting its historical achievements over the last 45 years, from its humble beginnings operating from a small corner of the main car park at Heathrow, to its advancements in aviation, increased number of new fleet, additional services and new plans for Manchester airport in December this year this airline is really going from strength to strength.

Michael continues: “our airline was the first in the UK to operate many new aircraft into London Heathrow including the Boeing 767and Boeing 787. We were also the first Star Alliance member to operate an Airbus A350 so we look forward to celebrating many more milestones.”

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