Ethiopian Airlines is celebrating the Golden anniversary of its commercial flight service to the United Kingdom.
Ethiopian’s inaugural flight landed at London-Heathrow in April 1973 commencing with twice a week flight service.
The first flight – with First Class and Economy Class – was operated by a Boeing 720-B and flew via Cairo, Rome and Frankfurt.
Today, Ethiopian offers daily non-stop A350 Airbus flights from London Heathrow to Addis Ababa.
It also has 4 weekly B787 Dreamliner flights from Manchester to Addis Ababa.
Ethiopian flights services to the UK transport over 10,000 passengers monthly, with connections to over 60 destinations across Africa.
Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew says the UK has always been a strong and important market for Ethiopian Airlines.
And “Celebrating 50 years is a success story of our loyalty to serving the UK with both passenger and freighter flights,” Mesfin continued.
“As we mark half a century since we first landed in the UK, we look forward to an ever growing service to the country with more destinations and flights,” he added.
The airlines will mark the milestone with a series of events for the rest of the year 2023.
“This is a big anniversary for Ethiopian Airlines as it highlights our unwavering commitment to serving the UK,” said Henock Woubishet, Area Manager UK and Ireland.
“We will be celebrating this milestone with a series of events including FAM trips, campaigns and promotions,” he stated.
The national flag carrier has also extended its “gratitude to the travelling public and our partners in UK’s travel industry for supporting our journey over the decades,” the area manager said.
Currently, Ethiopian serves more than 150 domestic and international passenger and cargo destinations including 21 cities in Europe.