Ethiopian to Start Flights to Goma- 6 July, 2015

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, is pleased to announce the commencement of direct flights to Goma, the Democratic Republic of Congo as of July 10, 2015.

Ethiopian flights to Goma will be operated three times a week using Q-400 Bombardier aircraft. The flights to Goma will be Ethiopian 3rd destination in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in addition to Kinshasa and Lubumbashi, and will be operated as per the following schedule.

ET0811MON/WED/FRIAddis AbabaGoma13:0014:55
ET0810MON/WED/FRIGomaAddis Ababa15:3519:30

“As a truly indigenous Pan-African carrier, we consider our flights to the Democratic Republic of Congo and elsewhere in our great continent as part of our responsibility to contribute to the development of Africa and to serve as a critically essential vehicle for the flow of investment, trade, tourism, and job creation opportunities." said Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam.

With the new service, passengers to and from Goma will find convenient and hassle free connection to destinations in Ethiopian wide route network such as Mumbai, Dubai, Delhi, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Peking.

Ethiopian will be the first airline to start scheduled flight to Goma, which will become the airline’s 52nd African and 91st international destination.

Ethiopian has been recognized as the ‘Best Regional Airline in the World’ by Air Transport World (ATW) at the 41st annual Air Transport World Airline Industry Achievement Award ceremony held in Washington D.C. on 25 February 2015 and has also won for the fifth year in a row the 2015 Airline Reliability Performance Award from Bombardier Aerospace on May 26 at the Sheraton Arabellapark Hotel in Munich, Germany.

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa.  In its operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.

Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 90 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 777-200 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 aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service.  Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.

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