Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, is expected to begin new service to Manila in the Philippines from July 9, 2015. The airline will be offering the service thrice weekly to Manila.
The new flights to Manila will be operated with Ethiopian Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 24 seats in Cloud Nine and 211 seats in Economy class.
This will bring the total number of international destinations to 88.
The company, in a statement, said Ethiopian Airlines will serve the growing traffic between Africa and Asia, and is perfectly timed to give the best possible connectivity options to passengers travelling between most points in Asia and Africa by giving access to the industrial and manufacturing development zones of both continents.
‘With the start of Ethiopian flights, passengers from neighboring countries such as Brunei and Taiwan will be able to enjoy smooth and seamless connection between all the major cities in Africa such as Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Lagos, Accra, Luanda and Johannesburg with minimum layovers,’ the statement said.
Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ethiopian Airlines said, ‘We are very happy to start this historic flight to the capital of Philippines. Manila will be our strategic point of access to the Southeast Asian neighbouring countries by availing excellent connectivity options.
He said Ethiopian Airlines flights to Manila will also greatly contribute to the strengthening of trade, investment and tourism ties between the booming African continent and the highly developed, innovative and business-friendly states of Asia.’
Manila, the economic and political capital of the Philippines, is home to some of the most historically and culturally significant landmarks in the country.
Ethiopian Airlines operates the youngest fleet on the continent, and currently serves 85 international destinations across five continents with over 200 daily departures.
By Cephas Larbi
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