LONDON – Yesterday, Ethiopian Airlines announced the launch of its brand new service between Lome and Washington D.C.
The service will commence originally at Addis Ababa and will stop over in Lome on the way to the American destination.
Original flights did a stopover in Dublin before continuing onwards to Washington.
It is understood also the frequency of the service will be thrice-weekly, meaning that in total, there will be 10 flights per week headed to Washington D.C.
The timetable for the new additions is below:
|Flight number||Frequency||Departure airport||Arrival airport||Aircraft type|
|ET 0516||Mon, Wed, Sat||ADD||LFW||B787-800|
|ET 0516||Mon, Wed, Sat||LFW||IAD||B787-800|
|ET 0517||Mon, Wed, Sat||IAD||LFW||B787-800|
|ET 0517||Tue, Thu, Sun||LFW||ADD||B787-800|
Mr. Mesfin Tasew, the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines had this to say about the new route:
“We are very pleased to launch a new passenger service connecting Lomé with Washington DC. The U.S. is one of our most important markets due to the presence of a large African community and the growing business and tourism ties with Africa.”
“The new flight further enhances the air connectivity between Africa and the U.S. and helps in fostering the economic, trade, tourism, and diplomatic ties between the two regions.”
“Going forward, we will continue to tap into opportunities for growing our services to more destinations in the U.S.”
A Lot of East-Coast Focus…
Ethiopian Airlines has had a lot of success so far on the East Coast of the United States, as it aims to expand its international portfolio.
For example, the airline already operates two airports in New York, as well as in Chicago, with Washington D.C complimenting the routes nicely.
With Tasew hinting in his words that he wants to grow to more destinations in the U.S, it does remain clear that the expansion is far from over in this respect.
Of course, utilizing the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and its long-range with enough capacity is working wonders for the airline at the moment, especially with the fact of being able to tap different markets on the way to Washington, New York, and Chicago.
This, of course, is all part of the airline’s Vision 2025, which will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa across the different areas of the industry.
What remains clear is that under the new leadership of Mesfin Tasew, the airline is looking to propel itself to wherever it can best succeed.
In the case of Ethiopian, this does look to be the U.S market at present, especially as diplomatic ties between the two countries continue to improve.
Maybe, at some stage, if expansion remains consistent, then this could convert itself into a new aircraft order down the line, and with Farnborough happening next month, there is always the opportunity there to present itself.
But for now, all we can do is sit back and wait and see how much of the Vision 2025 strategy is implemented, and what success it can offer the airline beyond that.