Ethiopian Airlines' Addis Ababa to Singapore
Ethiopian Airlines' inaugural flight from Addis Ababa (via Bangkok) arrived at a rather wet Singapore Changi Airport on 3 December. Celebrating the event were (from left to right); Mr. Wong Woon Liong, Senior Advisor of Changi Airport Advisory Group; Mr. Solomon Bekele, Ethiopian Airlines Area Manager; Mr. Yam Kum Weng, Executive Vice President (Air Hub & Development) of Changi Airport; Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO; H.E. Mr Seyoum Mesfin, Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to Singapore; Mr. Lee Yi Shyan, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Trade & Industry Singapore; H.E. Mr. Taddesse Haile, Ethiopian State Minister for Ministry of Trade and Industry; and Mr. Vanu Gopala Menon, Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Secretary (Southeast Asia & ASEAN) and Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the African Union. At a dinner reception speeches were made, gifts were exchanged and the audience were treated to an Ethiopian dance troupe. (All photos courtesy of Changi Airport Group.)
- Ethiopian Airlines now serves Singapore (SIN), the airline's 78th international destination, with the introduction of thrice-weekly flights from Addis Ababa (ADD) via Bangkok Suvarnabhumi. The first flight on the 7,270-kilometre sector took place on 3 December, and was operated by a 767-300. Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian, said: "Singapore is a major and preferred gateway to Asia and Australia. That is why we have decided to make Singapore our main strategic point of access to the Oceania market and its huge Ethiopian/African diaspora community by availing excellent connectivity options through our code-share agreement with fellow Star Alliance member, Singapore Airlines. Our flights to Singapore will also greatly contribute to the strengthening of trade, investment, and tourism ties between a booming Africa and a highly developed, innovative, and business-friendly Singapore."