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  1. ethanegcc

    ethanegcc Platinum Member

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    A New Route to Manchester: Addis Ababa. The new service will operate 4x weekly, initially via Brussels.
     
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    Arrival and departure times (source Travel Weekly):

    Addis Ababa 00:45 - Manchester 06:55
    Manchester 19:00 - Addis Ababa 06:00

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    A super addition to the MAN portfolio. I can see, and hope that this route has huge potential.
     
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    Hope it is well supported(y)(y)(y)
     
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    Airport said some 400,000 passengers it catchment could benefit from this given its African network
     
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    This is great news i woke upto this morning. I hope it dose well and in a few year be non stop:):):):)
     
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    Ethiopian Airlines come to Manchester Airport opening up Africa for the North
    • Flights start 1st December and will operate 4 times per week
    • 787 aircraft in operation with 2 class configuration
    • 400,000 people set to benefit from the route
    • Multi SKYTRAX award winning airline
    • Fares from £499
    Manchester Airport has secured a landmark route into the heart of Africa, underlining its pivotal role in connecting the North to the world’s most important markets.

    Ethiopian Airlines today confirmed it will operate a four-times-a-week service to Addis Ababa, the East African nation’s capital.

    The route will unlock connections to more than 58 destinations across the African continent.

    Ethiopian, which flies to more destinations in Africa than any other carrier, will operate the ultramodern B-787 on the route with business and economy classes.

    It will serve as a key trade route for Northern businesses, opening up fresh export opportunities and delivering cost and journey time savings to those already operating there.

    The service will start on December 1, initially transiting via Brussels. It will leave Manchester at 19:00, arriving at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport at 06:00, providing significant onward connectivity options from the African hub. On the return it departs Addis Ababa at 00:45 and arrives in Manchester at 06:55.

    Manchester Airport CEO Andrew Cowan said:

    “The introduction of this route underlines the critical role Manchester Airport plays in connecting the people and businesses of the North to the world’s most important markets.

    “While we have served a number of African holiday destinations for many years, this service will provide vital connectivity to one of the continent’s most important hub airports.

    “That will unlock dozens more destinations across Africa through Ethiopian Airlines’ unrivalled network, meaning the North will be better connected to this part of the world than ever before.”

    Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam said:

    “We are elated to start services to Manchester, our second destination in the UK next to London Heathrow which we have been serving since 1973. As the leading African carrier with the widest network in the continent, passengers from Manchester will enjoy convenient and seamless connectivity options to 58 African destinations operated with cutting-edge fleet like the B-787 and A350 which offer our passengers unparalleled comfort on-board our flights, along with our African flavoured Ethiopian hospitality.”

    “The socio-economic implication of the new flight is immense. With vast investment and trade potentials between Africa and the UK, the upcoming flight holds the promise of boosting trade, investment and tourism with ample business opportunities for investors and business people from both regions.”

    Alex Marshall, Group Marketing and Compliance Director, Clarke Energy (Liverpool) & Northern Powerhouse Export Champion, said:

    “With our extensive operations across Africa, we are pleased to learn about this new flight to Addis Ababa from Manchester Airport, giving us extensive new route options across the continent.

    “The route has the potential to be a massive benefit to our business through journey time savings and the excellent onward connectivity Ethiopian Airlines will provide.”

    Sheona Southern, Managing Director of Marketing Manchester, said:

    “The new route connecting Manchester with Addis Ababa is a great success for Greater Manchester and for the wider North of England. This opens up Greater Manchester to visitors, businesses investors and students from a new continent.

    “Greater Manchester’s growth strategy has internationalisation at its heart, and Manchester has set a clear target to become a top global city by 2035. If we’re to achieve this aim, it’s vital that we continue to increase our connections with major international hubs, increasing the opportunities for global networks to choose Manchester as a place to visit, meet, invest and study in.

    “In this respect, this new route with Ethiopian Airlines is a huge step forward.”

    Ethiopia is Africa’s second largest country by population, with its hub airport perfectly placed to provide onward connectivity, particularly to sub-Saharan countries.

    The new route is set to benefit 400,000 people in Manchester Airport’s extensive catchment area, who currently travel to Addis Ababa and other key cities across Africa via other means. The new service has therefore been heralded by Northern businesses and organisations, with the route saving travel time and unlocking vital economic, trade and investment opportunities.

    Ethiopian Airlines was founded in 1945 and from its hub in Addis Ababa has connections to 58 cities across Africa, and a further 67 international routes across Europe, Asia and the Americas. The multi award-winning airline offers passengers an excellent on-board service including meals, beverage and inflight entertainment.

    Business class passengers are served a variety of dishes including Ethiopian cuisine along with a selection of appetizers and beverages. A rich inflight entertainment which comprises of wide ranging audio and video contents as well as games is also available for passengers to enjoy while flying. In economy, passengers are treated to different meals and beverages along with inflight entertainment package.

    The new route is testament to Manchester Airport’s position as the second hub in the UK, the global gateway for the North. It has introduced a wealth of key long-haul routes in recent years including – Beijing, Houston, San Francisco, Singapore, Muscat, Boston and Los Angeles.

    Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline. On November 8, 2017, SKYTRAX, the most prestigious international air transport standards and quality rating organization, has certified Ethiopian as Four Star Airline. SKYTRAX has also awarded Ethiopian as SKYTRAX World Airline Award for Best Airline Staff in Africa, two times, and earlier in 2017 Ethiopian has received SKYTRAX World Airline Award for Best Airline in Africa. The Airline was recently awarded “The Best Business Class in Africa and Indian Ocean” title by TripAdvisor, one of the largest and most reputed global travel sites.

    Return economy fares start from £499 with business class at £1,999.

    For more information see: www.ethiopianairlines.com
     
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    The CEO has seemed to suggest that, if a success, Manchester could be de-linked and go direct as early as next year.
     
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    I hope to go to Africa next year , so this is very likely the airline I will use.
     
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    Flights Bookable:

    (courtesy of a poster on PPRuNE)

    ADDIS ABABA - MANCHESTER
    .23.5.7 ADD-MAN 0005-0640 ET 720 Boeing 787-8

    MANCHESTER - ADDIS ABABA
    .23.5.7 MAN-ADD 1905-0610 ET 721 Boeing 787-8
     
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    If you want to see some photos of their 787, I got some recently, now in Liverpool Media.
     
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    I have a feeling Eithiopeans previous livery was a bit more dramatic with an animal...maybe a Lion at side of the cockpit ? This is from memory mind you !
     
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    Correct indeed Carl. The Royal Lion was prominently displayed on the front of the fuselage, just behind the cockpit. Also the tail image had a slightly more "feathered" look to it.
     
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    The lion remains by the cockpit in the current livery however the cheek line and red flash behind the feline is no more !
     
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    Thanks for confirming
     
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    I am planning to fly to JNB late next June, and I just wondered what people would think as best route. I hold a FF card with TAP so will be wanting to fly on a star alliance airline.

    So my options I think are :-
    Ethiopian, which Id like to try, on a 787, which also I like, downside, it might not be best route for a decent nights sleep , prefer to go over night ( don't know times as yet), but with a stop at BRU, then a longish flight to AA, then another longish flight might not be best route for sleeping.

    TK via IST...used Turkish to Asia many times, and find them good
    LX via ZRH
    LH via FRA (not so keen on LH)
    SAA LHR-JNB
    MS via CAI....don't think so

    I just wondered what other thought ?
     
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    Swiss are supposed to be a very good airline.
     
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    Yes they are, of course id need to compare prices too !
     
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    Ethiopian would be different though and also it could depend on the layover time as well.
     
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    Yes it would, and actually probably the most exciting option, but your right the transfer needs to be good, which hopefully it would be.
     
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