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Canadian Travel Press-Five Questions with Samson Arega Ethiopian Airlines Canada Country Manager

Canadian Travel Press: You recently added an A350 to your Toronto-Addis Ababa route. What differences will your passengers notice?

Samson Arega: We are excited about our A350 Airbus. Passengers will enjoy a little more room. There is abundant overhead storage for both our business class and in economy. The state-of-the-art air conditioning system splits the cabins into multiple zones allowing more flexible temperature control. The new entertainment systems, show high-definition video on all upgraded screens of up to 12 inches, even in economy. There is more legroom as the design and structure of the seat with the power cables accommodated underneath the floor. Of course, having WiFi onboard gives additional access to all our passengers flying with us. So many great features!

Canadian Travel Press: Ethiopian Airlines hopes to add Montreal to its network and go daily from Toronto. When might we see that happen?

Samson Arega: We are working on our Montreal route. It is an excellent opportunity for Ethiopian Airlines, as we have seen such positive feedback and interest from Canadians. Increasing our flights five times a week out of Toronto over the past couple of years has been incredible. We knew that it would only be a matter of time before we would offer other destinations from Canada.

Canadian Travel Press: What advantages does being the only subSaharan carrier directly linking Canada and Africa bring?

Samson Arega: Canada is an essential market for us, and with its large African diaspora, we know this will continue to grow. Canadians are travelling to Africa for investments, trade and tourism relations, and by providing that connection from Canada to over 60 African destinations, we know this is an advantage for passengers. We offer them the connectivity within Africa and to several other international destinations. Ethiopian Airlines is the hub to Africa where passengers can easily plan other points of interest for business or leisure.

 

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