Ethiopian Airlines launches Africa’s first direct service to Los Angeles, Dublin

Published on : Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ethiopian Airlines launches Africa’s first direct serviceEthiopian Airlines has launched Africa’s first direct service to Los Angeles and Dublin and at the same time raising the number of its destinations in the Americas to four and those in Europe to 11.


While the flights to Los Angles is the airline’s second destination in the United States after Washington DC, Dublin is its first route in Ireland.


At the inauguration ceremony of the launch of the two flights last Friday, Ethiopian Airlines chief executive officer Tewolde Gebremariam said they would improve the investment, trade and tourism relations of Ethiopia with Ireland and US.


He indicated that the thrice-a-week flights by Boeing 787 aircraft created opportunities to Ethiopian and foreign investors from Ireland and the US to come and do business in the country.


US Deputy Head of Mission in Addis Ababa Peter Vrooman said the Los Angeles flight made it more convenient for Ethiopian and American investors to come and take part in Ethiopia’s various investment opportunities.


He stated that as Ethiopia is the seat of the African Union (AU), the airline is striving to connect the continent with different parts of the world.


Vrooman added that US President Barack Obama would pay an official state visit to Ethiopia in July in recognition of this country’s ongoing economic development and successful foreign policy.


Irish Ambassador to Ethiopia Aidan O’Hara said the new service to Dublin was a good opportunity for strengthening the multifaceted relations of the two countries.


O’Hara added that Ireland has strong participation in world trade and the flight helps to boost its trade ties with Africa and North America.


The new flights to Dublin and Los Angles increases Ethiopian worldwide destinations to 87.

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