Posted : 2013-06-18 19:47
Updated : 2013-06-18 19:47

Ethiopian Airlines starts flights from Incheon Wednesday

By Kim Jae-won

Ethiopian Airlines will begin flights between Incheon International Airport to the country's capital city, Addis Ababa, from Wednesday using the B787 Dreamliner, one of the most advanced commercial aircraft.

It said it will provide four weekday services ― Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

"With the economic boom of Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular and the growing ties with South Korea, we are pleased to provide the critically essential air connectivity using the 1st African B787 to Seoul", said CEO Tewolde Gebremariam of Ethiopian Airlines in a statement.

It said that the B787 Dreamliner is one of the most technologically advanced commercial aircrafts, offering unparalleled on-board comfort to passengers with high ceilings, the biggest windows in the sky, greatly reduced noise, a unique lighting system and a higher level of humidity.

Its inaugural flight coincided with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. To celebrate it, over hundred delegates comprising ministers, ambassadors, high-level officials, members of the business community and an Ethiopian cultural troupe were aboard the inaugural flight.

Joint high-profile events such as government, business, trade, tourism, cultural and academic forums highlighting the great potential of the relations between the two countries are scheduled to take place in Seoul from today to Friday.

With the new flights to Seoul, Ethiopian Airlines promises to offer easy and convenient connections through its main hub in Addis Ababa for passengers travelling either for business or leisure between Africa and Korea.

From today, Seoul will be connected to dozens of cities in Africa via the Ethiopian main hub in Addis Ababa such as Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos, Accra and Dar-es-Salaam.

Seoul is the 73rd international destination of the African airline. The inclusion of Seoul into the Ethiopian network is part of the company's Vision 2025 of connecting Africa with the major world economic and financial hubs.

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