On 16 December, Ethiopian Airlines inaugurated services to Durban from its Addis Ababa hub. The 4,363-kilometre sector will operate thrice-weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Although the route will usually operate using the Star Alliance member’s 737-800s, it flew the inaugural service with one of its 787-8s.
- Ethiopian Airlines commenced services on 16 December between its Addis Ababa (ADD) hub and Durban (DUR). The 4,363-kilometre sector will be flown thrice-weekly by the Star Alliance member, using its 737-800s on the city pair, although the first service was operated by one of the airline’s 787-8s. Flights leave the Ethiopian capital at 08:30, arriving into Durban at 13:40. The return journey leaves South Africa at 14:30, arriving in Addis Ababa at 21:40. The city pair was last served by Ethiopian Airlines back in 1998. The route will face no direct competition according to OAG Schedules Analyser data.