Ethiopia’s flag carrier Ethiopian Airlines recently launched its new flight service to Milan from the capital Addis Ababa. The first maiden flight took off from Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport to Milan on July 2, 2011.
Renzo Rosso, Italian Ambassador to Ethiopia, and Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, were present along with other guests at the first flight event organized at VIP Lounge-3 at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
The airline said that the customers will get convenient and easy access to Milan, the fashion capital of Italy. The flight service will be operated five times weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Ethiopian Airlines
has been serving the Italian capital of Rome ever since 1964. The introduction of flight services to Milan will make it the second Italian destination to be served by the Ethiopian Airlines. The starting of the new flight service to Milan makes it the 63rd global destination and the 7th destination in Europe.
During the launch event, Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said that the new nonstop Addis Ababa-Milan flight service will significantly reduce the travel time between Northern Italy and Ethiopia. Besides, the flight service will also provide connectivity between Africa and Switzerland, Southern Germany, as well as many other Southern European countries.
Speaking on the occasion, Renzo Rosso, Italian Ambassador to Italy, said that the new flight services to Milan is expected to play a key role in enhancing the trade and political ties between the two countries since Milan is both: a fashion capital and a major business hub.
Ethiopian Airlines currently operates flight services to 63 international destinations spread over 4 continents. Canada-based leading aircraft manufacturer Bombardier recently presented the 2011 Airline Reliability Performance Award to the Ethiopian Airlines. Besides, the Ethiopian Airlines is also the first African carrier to receive the 2008 Brussels Airport Company Award for its excellent long haul operations.