Ethiopian Airlines launches non-stop flights from Addis Ababa to Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it started to provide a non-stop service, three times a week, to Sao Paulo on April 25. The Airline said it was using its Boeing 787 Dreamliners on the route which is its first to South America. The CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde Gebremariam, said “We are very pleased to be able to enhance the quality of our product and improve our competitive edge. The non-stop flight secures increased connectivity and reduced transit time for our customers. The new non-stop Addis Ababa – Sao Paulo flights will provide efficient connections for customers from almost all of our destinations in the other four continents we serve.” Passengers to and from Sao Paulo will enjoy maximum connectivity to destinations in Ethiopian world-wide route network in Africa, Middle East, Asia and Europe. The new non-stop flight will enhance travel on the China – Africa – Brazil trade lane. Brazil is the largest national economy in South America and the eighth largest in the world with a diversified economy including agriculture, industry, and a wide range of services such as ecotourism, leisure and cultural tourism. Sao Paulo is the biggest city in the country and has significant cultural, economic and political influence both nationally and internationally. Last year, IATA ranked Ethiopian as the largest airline in Africa in revenue and profit, flying to more than 83 international destinations across five continents. It has registered an average growth of 25% a year for the last seven years. The Airline is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan, Vision 2025, with seven strategic business units: Ethiopian International Passenger Service; Ethiopian Regional Service; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Service and Ethiopian Ground Service.