For Immediate Release

Sept 27, 2017, Toronto, OntarioEthiopian Airlines Group, the largest airline in Africa, is marking five years of service between Toronto, Canada and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by increasing the number of non-stop Toronto departures a week from three to five.

Mrs. Rahel Assefa, VP Marketing for Ethiopian Airlines Group, called the anniversary celebration a momentous occasion marking five years of successful service to and from Toronto, the airline’s fifth gateway to the Americas.

“We owe this glittering success to the continued patronage of our esteemed customers and the support of the Canadian government. There is no doubt that the direct routes out of Toronto are increasing economic and cultural bonds and mutual cooperation between Canada and the continent of Africa. We will continue to work hard to have many more successful years ahead.”

Ethiopian Airlines launched its maiden flight to Canada in 2012, connecting the continent of Africa with Canada with the first direct flight. Its fleet is impressive – the average age of its aircraft is less than five years, and it recently welcomed the B787-9 Dreamliner to its fleet, the first airline to do so in Africa.

The two new flight options from Toronto will begin the first week in November 2017, with the first beginning November 3 and the second coming on December 3.

Ethiopian Airlines Canada Country Manager Birhan Abate said it’s all about convenience for travellers.

“Canadians visiting Africa for business or leisure appreciate the ease of the direct flight,” he said. “Once in Africa, they can connect to any of 54 destinations in more than 50 African countries with connectivity in less than three hours. We offer efficient and affordable options for Canadians to see more of the amazing sights in Africa.”

Abate added that Ethiopian Airlines has seen an increase in load factors in the past year from 70% to 90% and sometimes reaching 100%.

On September 21, 2017, Ethiopian Airlines celebrated its fifth anniversary in Canada. Photos taken at the event are available here:

Above photo : Center middle L-R Mrs. Rahel Assefa Ethiopian VP Marketing Ethiopian, Birhan Abate Ethiopian Airlines Canada Country Manager, Fasil Kasa Ethiopian Airlines CSR Agent,

Backrow: Edward Radonic, RadonicRodgers Strategy+, along with Ethiopina Airlines Crew

Front Row: L -R Moses Mawa President Silver Trust Communications and Patricia Bebia Mawa VP Silver Trust Communications 

See more photos from the event on our Facebook Page @EthiopianAirlnesCanada: Link to album:


About Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success. Ethiopian operates the youngest and most modern fleet to 93 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787, 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. The airlines operates three direct flights weekly from Toronto to Addis Ababa with connections 53 destinations Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award-winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.


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