Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa – Dublin – Los Angeles
The inaugural crew celebrate the arrival of Ethiopian Airlines in Dublin. Services between Addis Ababa, Dublin and Los Angeles will be flown using the carrier’s 787-8s. This is the first tri-continent route for the Star Alliance member, and the first route from sub-Saharan Africa to the Irish capital.
The first flight from Addis Ababa and Dublin touches down in Los Angeles. On arrival, Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam addressed the greeting crowds and media by saying: “Ethiopian’s new flights connecting Addis Ababa, Dublin, and Los Angeles will play a critical role in the expansion of trade and tourism investment between the fast growing continent of Africa, the US and Ireland.” Flights on the tri-continent route will operate thrice-weekly.
- Ethiopian Airlines launched its first ever tri-continent route on 19 June, beginning services from Addis Ababa (ADD) to Dublin (DUB), before continuing on to Los Angeles (LAX). Flights will operate thrice-weekly using the Star Alliance member’s 787-8s. Neither of the sectors on this new route will face direct competition and it is the first time that both Dublin and Los Angeles have been connected to Ethiopia. Commenting on the route launch, Ethiopian Airlines CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, said: “Ethiopian’s new flights connecting Addis Ababa, Dublin and Los Angeles will play a critical role in the expansion of trade and tourism investment between the fast growing continent of Africa, and the United States and Ireland. These flights are the first and only direct routes linking sub-Saharan Africa with Ireland and the West Coast of the US. They will bring these two seemingly far away cities much closer to Africa, and will facilitate mobility and connectivity for businesses and the large African diaspora community living in the West Coast of the US.” Recently the carrier revealed Dublin as its new European hub, where services to Washington Dulles and Toronto Pearson make a technical stop on-route from Addis Ababa. However the carrier has not been granted fifth freedom rights on these services.