Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa is launching the much anticipated new service to Manila, in the Philippines from July 09, 2015. Ethiopian 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. The new flight to Manila will bring the total number of international destinations to 88.
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Manila, the economic and political capital of the Philippines, is home to extensive commerce and to some of the most historically and culturally significant landmarks in the country. Ethiopian 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.
Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian 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 neighboring countries by availing excellent connectivity options. Our 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."
Ethiopian Airlines operates the youngest fleet in the continent with an average of less than seven years and currently serves 85 international destinations across five continents with over 200 daily departures.
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing and most profitable airline in Africa. In 2014, IATA ranked Ethiopian as the largest airline in Africa in revenue and profit. In its operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has been a pioneer of African aviation as an aircraft technology leader providing the first jet service in the continent in 1962, and availing the first African B767 in 1984, the first African B777-200LR in 2010 and the first African and second only to Japan B787 Dreamliner in 2012.
Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 83 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200LR Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.
Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading airline group in Africa with seven strategic business units: Ethiopian International Passenger Service; Ethiopian Regional Service; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Service and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning, including SKYTRAX and Passenger Choice Awards in 2013 and has been registering an average growth of 25% per annum in the past seven years.
Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam Group Chief Executive Officer