Ethiopian Airlines’ inaugural flight to Chicago O’Hare on 10 June was heralded at a colourful ceremony, including a cake cutting, held at the VIP Salon of Addis Ababa Airport in the presence of US Ambassador to Ethiopia, Michael Raynor, members of the Diplomatic Corps, the airline’s Executive Management members and invited guests.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam was onboard the inaugural flight into the US city. “Chicago is the main hub of our Star Alliance partner, United Airlines and the flight will be operated together with United to avail the best product for travellers from all over the US connecting to 58 destinations in Africa,” says GebreMariam.
- Ethiopian Airlines commenced three times weekly flights from Addis Ababa (ADD) to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) on 10 June. The outbound 787-8-operated flight stops in Dublin, but flies direct on the return from the US city. “Chicago will be our fourth destination in the US and our seventh in the Americas,” says Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam. “It is the third biggest city in the US and one of the most important global aviation hubs. We will be filling a critical air connectivity vacuum as our flights will be the only direct service between Chicago and Africa.” The route faces no direct competition.