Ethiopian Airlines announced the commencement of daily services to Shanghai, China as of 29 March 2014.
Ethiopian will operate the Shanghai flight using its B787 Dreamliner with 24 Cloud Nine Business Class and 246 Economy Class seats.
Shanghai is the largest city in China, and the country’s economic and financial hub with growing ties with Africa. Ethiopian passengers traveling between Shanghai and Africa will enjoy direct flights with the B787 Dreamliner, which offers the best on-board comfort of any aircraft with greatly reduced noise, biggest windows in the sky, higher ceiling, higher humidity, unique lightening and extra leg space.
Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, said¨“We are very proud of our continuous service to China for over 40 years. Ethiopian was one of only four international airlines to operate to the country back in 1973. Today, with 28 weekly direct flights operated with latest technology airplanes and multiple awards winning customer service, we offer the best connectivity from 4 major cities in China to 48 cities in Africa and 2 cities in Brazil. It is really fascinating for us to see that our network in China is growing very fast along with the growth of trade, investment and tourism between China and Africa. Shanghai is the economic and financial hub of a booming Chinese economy, and our direct flights will promote increased mobility of people and goods, which is critically important for the socio-economic development of an expanding society”.
Shanghai will be Ethiopian 80th international destination. With this new flight, Shanghai will be connected to 66 cities across Africa via Ethiopian main hub in Addis Ababa. Convenient connections will be available to and from major African cities such as Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Entebbe, Lagos, Johannesburg, Abuja, Libreville, Luanda, Lusaka, Harare, Maputo, and Douala among others.