Ethiopian Airways has hit the milestone of fifty years of China flights this 12 months. The African service is ready to achieve its pre-COVID capability on this market imminently and can be ramping up its Chinese language freighter operations.
Half a century of China operations
The airline turned the primary African service to fly to China over 50 years in the past after its inaugural flight to Shanghai on February twenty first, 1973. Later within the 12 months, it switched to Beijing and now serves Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu and Guangzhou, together with the Particular Administrative Area (SAR) of Hong Kong.
Ethiopian Airways Group CEO Mesfin Tasew commented,
“The start of flights to China 50 years in the past heralded an essential milestone within the historical past of the Airline. Ethiopian was among the many first to serve China and has ever since been offering dependable companies to the nation. As China is without doubt one of the key locations in Asia, we are going to keep our dedication to serving the nation, thereby offering entry for the Chinese language folks to the massive African market.”
Ethiopian Airways has supplied uninterrupted companies to China since launching 50 years in the past and continued to serve the nation over the COVID pandemic, albeit at a diminished capability within the passenger division. Its Asia community is a key a part of its worldwide community – since relaunching Singapore Boeing 787 flights earlier this week, the service now serves 17 locations throughout Asia and operates an enormous 44% of Africa-Asia flights.
35 weekly flights
As soon as Chinese language authorities introduced the lifting of COVID restrictions in January, Ethiopian seized the chance by bolstering its Chinese language community. In early February, the airline started working every day flights to Guangzhou, together with upping its Beijing and Shanghai flights to 4 instances weekly, then as much as every day frequencies in March.
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Within the coming weeks, it’ll go as much as 10 weekly Guangzhou flights and 4 weekly Chengdu flights, taking it to 35 weekly passenger companies to the nation. With Sino-African relations persevering with to strengthen, Ethiopian will reap the rewards of its sturdy presence in China.
Mesfin Tasew added,
“China-Africa relation is projected to develop considerably within the coming years, and Ethiopian Airways continues to serve the wants of the touring public by availing the most effective connections to Africa and past, utilizing its ultramodern plane. We’re happy to have served the folks of China for the final 50 years, and we are going to proceed to be a bridge connecting China with African nations.”
Cargo stays sturdy
Ethiopian’s cargo division not too long ago added three extra China airports to its community – Xiamen, Shenzhen and Chengdu – becoming a member of Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, Wuhan and Changsha. In complete, Ethiopian Airways Cargo operates 31 weekly cargo flights to 9 locations – its freighter fleet consists of 9 Boeing 777-200LRFs, 4 Boeing 737-800SF and one Boeing 767-300BDSF.
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Whereas its passenger flights to China have been severely restricted over the COVID pandemic, it continued to offer plentiful cargo companies. In all, Ethiopian Airways Cargo serves 130 worldwide locations with each stomach capability and round 70 devoted freighter companies.
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