Ethiopian Airlines will be the first Sub-Saharian airline to fly to Indonesia from the middle of July.
Ethiopian Airlines last week opened reservation for its planned service to Jakarta Soekarno Hatta Airport. The carrier will fly three times a week the route Addis Ababa- Jakarta via Bangkok, starting July 17. However, the airline did not obtain the right to carry passengers between Bangkok and Jakarta. Ethiopian Airlines continues to link Bangkok seven times per week.
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said: “We are very happy to launch a direct service to Jakarta, the first direct connection between Africa and Indonesia and the first flights into Jakarta by an African carrier. Our new service will further cement our growing footprint in Asia and will enable us to remain the carrier of choice for travellers connecting between Africa and Asia.
Indonesia is one of the most populated countries in the world with a fast growing economy and an emerging manufacturing hub. In the coming years, African and Indonesian trade, investment and tourism ties are set to grow in an exponential manner and our direct flights will make a significant contribution in the enhancement of Africa-Indonesia cooperation.”
“We plan to increase our flights to a daily frequency very quickly in line with our Vision 2025 strategic roadmap of connecting Africa with the major trading centers of the world thru our fast expanding global network,” added Ethiopian Airlines CEO.
Separately, the airline also indicated that it its new flight to Manila via Hong Kong, which started on June 1st, is served only three times a week instead of four times as previously scheduled. Both flights are served with the modern Boeing 787-8 with exceptional comfort.
Ethiopian Airlines is the largest aviation group in Africa. The carrier has one of the largest and most modern fleets of the continent and flies already to 110 destinations around the world.