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Ethiopian Airlines Connects Manchester to Sub-Saharan Africa

On the morning of Dec. 11, 2018, Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET728 touched down at Manchester Airport, marking the new service linking the north of England with sub-Saharan Africa. Ethiopian Airlines started a four-times-weekly service, with a short stop in Brussels in each direction, to help connect Manchester to its Addis Ababa hub and the rest of Africa.

Manchester marks Ethiopian Airlines second gateway into the UK, having been operating into London for the past 46 years. Bookings for flights to and from Addis Ababa, and beyond, are already looking healthy, leading Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam to suggest during his opening speech that a move to daily flights might even be possible in the not to distant future.

As part of its marketing of the Manchester-Addis Ababa connection, Ethiopian Airlines welcomed select guests to experience what is on offer during the Ethiopian Airlines service.

Ethiopian has the fastest-growing fleet in Africa, and the carrier took delivery of its 100th aircraft, a Boeing 787-9, on June 5, 2018. The inaugural flight between Addis Ababa and Manchester was undertaken by Boeing 787-9 ET-AUO, which, according to Aviation Week's Fleet Discovery, rolled off the 787 assembly line at Paine Field in Washington on the Sept. 9, 2017; achieved it first flight on Oct. 13, 2017; and was delivered to the airline on Oct. 26, 2017.

Ethiopian Airlines configures its Boeing 787-9s with 30 "Cloud Nine" business-class and 285 economy seats that feature seat-back IFE, plenty of leg room and—most importantly in today's world—an in-seat USB power socket.

Passengers were treated to a sample of food available on the flight, including some authentic injera (Ethiopian bread). The flight followed in a "race-track" pattern over the North Sea before returning to Manchester 2 hr. after take off.

Many Thanks to Ethiopian Airlines and Manchester Airport.


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