Ethiopian Airlines cashes in peace dividend

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Ethiopian Airlines has finalised preparations to resume daily flights to Asmara, Eritrea on 17 July with Boeing 787s following agreements reached in Asmara between the Ethiopean prime minister Ethiopian Airlines cashes in peace dividend and president Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea.

Regarding the resumption of flights to Eritrea’s capital, Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam says: “We at Ethiopian feel an immense honour and joy to resume scheduled flights to Asmara after 20 years. With the opening of a new chapter of peace and friendship between the two sisterly countries, we look forward to starting flights to Asmara with the B787.

“Very quickly, we plan to operate multiple daily service and to start cargo flights in view of the huge market potential between the two sisterly countries.”

Asmara is the capital and the largest city of Eritrea and is situated in Eritrea’s central Maekel Region. It is home to the Eritrean National Museum and is known for its early 20th-century buildings.

Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 110 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787-8, Boeing 787-9, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.