WASHINGTON, DC – Ethiopian Airlines announced the commencement of daily services to Shanghai, China as of March 29, 2014. Ethiopian will operate the Shanghai flight using its B787 Dreamliner with 24 Cloud Nine Business Class and 246 Economy Class seats.
Flight – Days – From / To – Departs – Arrives
ET 684 – DAILY – Addis Ababa (ADD) / Shanghai (PVG) – 23:30- 15:15ET 685 – DAILY – Shanghai (PVG) / Addis Ababa (ADD) – 00:35 – 06:55
Shanghai is the largest city in China, and the country’s economic and finacial 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, the biggest windows in the sky, higher ceiling, higher humidity, unique lightening and extra leg space.
Tewolde GebreMarian, 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 the latest technology airplanes and multiple award-winning customer service, we offer the best connectivity from four major cities in China to 48 cities in Africa and two 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 finacial 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’s 79th international destination. With this new flight, Shanghai will be connected to 66 cities across Africa via Ethiopian’s 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.
A multiple award winner in 2013, Ethiopian was voted as the Best Airline in Africa by the African Airlines Association and by Passenger Choice Awards. It was also recognized by SKYTRAX as Best Staff Service in Africa and Best Business Class Airline in Africa by Chinese travelers.