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Ethiopian Airlines Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Ethiopian Airlines Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Ethiopian Airlines had a joint celebration in Dublin to mark its 70th Anniversary and the first year of operating flights to Ireland. The airline marked the occasion by hosting a lunch at Derry Clarke’s Michelin-starred restaurant, L’Ecrivan, for their top agents.

Cake celebrations as Michael Yohannes, Ethiopian Airlines, and ITAA President Cormac Meehan do the cutting

Michael Yohannes, the airline’s General Manager for the island of Ireland, told ITTN that the carrier was very pleased with the volume of business that been generated in the Irish market with a 50/50 split between the two ex-Dublin destinations of Addis Ababa and Los Angeles. The airline also plans on bringing its new Airbus A350 to Dublin for a promotional visit for the trade. Michael added that they plan to increase the flight frequency to Los Angeles to four per week.

Ethiopian also offers onward connections  with Virgin America from Los Angeles to San Francisco, Las Vegas, Honolulu, and Seattle.

 

Liza Haileselassie and Michael Yohannes, Ethiopian Airlines, welcome Claire Doherty, The Travel Department

Ethiopian passengers can access another 52 destinations on the African continent from the Addis Ababa hub. A new international airport is planned to begin construction in 2016, rumoured to be on a scale with London Heathrow when completed.

Michael Yohannes greets John Spollen, Cassidy Travel

Tony Flynn, Sales Manager for Ireland, said that he had only joined the airline four months ago but they were the most hectic he had ever experienced in his travel career. He pointed out that the average fleet age is only five years. He told the agents that their mantra is: “We are  here to help”.

Tony Flynn, Sales Manager Ireland, Ethiopian Airlines

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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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