Ethiopian Airlines’ Addis Ababa to Sao Paulo
History in the making: Ethiopian Airlines became the first East African carrier to serve South America. Cutting the celebratory cake were Isabel Cristina de Azevedo Heyvaert, Brazil’s Ambassador to Ethiopia; Deriba Kuma, Ethiopian Minister of Transport; Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines’ CEO and Brazilian Captain, Ivo Antonio Da Silveira.
- Ethiopian Airlines became the first East African carrier to serve South America last week, when it commenced services on the route from its Addis Ababa (ADD) hub to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) and Sao Paulo (GRU) on 1 July. The service, which was initially planned to begin in December 2012, but was postponed owing to unfavourable slots at the Brazilian airports, operates vie Lome in Togo, the hub for Ethiopian Airlines’ subsidiary ASKY Airlines. Thrice-weekly services are offered on the 10,300-kilometre route, which is operated using 787s.