Ethiopian Airlines celebrates 40 years of service to London

From left: Patrick Campbell, MC for the evening, presents a 40th Anniversary cake to Rahel Assefa, regional manager of UK and Ireland for Ethiopian Airlines, His Excellency Berhanu Kebede, Ethiopia ambassador to the UK, and a group of cabin crew from Ethiopian Airlines

From left: Patrick Campbell, MC for the evening, presents a 40th Anniversary cake to Rahel Assefa, regional manager of UK and Ireland for Ethiopian Airlines, His Excellency Berhanu Kebede, Ethiopia ambassador to the UK, and a group of cabin crew from Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, celebrated 40 years of uninterrupted service to London Heathrow and the launch of its new Boeing-787 Dreamliner with a special event for the UK travel trade at Kensington Roof Gardens.

Guests from the UK travel trade industry were treated to traditional music and dance performances from Ethiopian Group and a barbecue buffet. During the event, Ethiopian Airlines also launched its new Boeing-787 Dreamliner on its London Heathrow route from 16 June 2013, offering six non-stop weekly flights to Addis Ababa.

Rahel Assefa, regional manager for UK and Ireland from Ethiopian Airlines spoke at the event. He said: “The UK has always been a strategically important market for us and we are very excited to announce the launch of our Boeing-787 Dreamliner on the Heathrow route. As a result of this increase in airlift, we will now be in a position to offer the UK market around 20 per cent more capacity, with our six weekly flights from London Heathrow to 43 destinations in Africa via our hub Addis Ababa.

“Our 787 is a 2 class product with a total of 246 economy and 24 sleeper business class seats offering passengers a high-quality travel experience. Currently we operate a fleet of 57 Aircraft serving 71 international and 17 domestic destinations which will shortly grow to 75 International points with the addition of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Manila, Seoul and Ho Chi Minh City. This is an exciting time for us and we look forward to welcoming even more passengers from the UK on Ethiopian Airlines.”

Rahel Assefa, regional manager of UK and Ireland for Ethiopian Airlines, with Nick Wickers, commercial manager air for ebookers (left), and John Farrugia, air contracts manager for Explore Worldwide Ltd

Rahel Assefa, regional manager of UK and Ireland for Ethiopian Airlines, with Nick Wickers, commercial manager air for ebookers (left), and John Farrugia, air contracts manager for Explore Worldwide Ltd

Ethiopian Airlines is the first airline to resume the operation of the Boeing-787 Dreamliner, which is the world’s first major airliner to use composite materials as the primary material in the construction of its airframe and designed to be 20 per cent more fuel efficient. The aircraft offers passengers the ultimate on-board comfort with high ceiling, wider leg space, reduced engine noise, higher level of humidity, and most importantly, warm Ethiopian hospitality.

As well as the Dreamliner, Ethiopian Airlines has also taken delivery of a new next generation Boeing 737-800 with Sky Interior featuring new cove lighting and curving architecture that create a distinctive entry way. Passengers on Ethiopian 737s will enjoy a more open cabin and a soft blue sky overhead simulated by light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, which is controlled by a touch screen control board. The aircraft’s features also include modern overhead bins, advanced aerodynamics, maximum reliability, efficiency, passenger appeal and optimised engine design that adds up extra comfort to passengers.

Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian, said: “Ethiopian Airlines has always been committed to introducing industry best practices and acquiring the latest technology. The addition of this brand new aircraft is a continuation of our fleet renewal and growth to ensure a mix of the youngest and most modern aircraft.”

For more information on Ethiopian Airlines visit www.ethiopianairlines.com