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Ethiopian: acting as a catalyst PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 June 2015 06:21

With the arrival of flight ET504 to LAX, Tom Bradley International Terminal on June 20th, Ethiopian Airlines officially kicked off its service between Addis Ababa and Los Angeles, via Dublin.
The festivities, punctuated with live music as well as traditional Irish and Ethiopian dancing, celebrated the only African based carrier serving Los Angeles. Egypt Air suspended its flight to LA in 2001.
These service additions are part of Ethiopian’s overall strategy to not only expand Africa’s connectivity but also scale up Africa’s share in the global aviation market. By maximizing fleet utilization, Ethiopian Airlines has smartly connected the large Ethiopian and Irish communities in Southern California to their respective native homelands, proverbially killing two birds with one stone.
During the inaugural flight Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines talked to Capital’s Teguest Yilma about the future of the airline industry in Africa and other issues challenging the aviation industry. Excerpts;
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