Ethiopian Airlines Group—Africa’s largest airline—has announced the finalization of preparations to begin nonstop direct service to Sao Paulo, Brazil, the largest city south of the equator. Ethiopian’s current service to Sao Paulo operates via Lome, Togo; the upgraded service will be effective starting September 16, 2017.
|Flight Number||Frequency*||Departure||Departure Time||Arrival||Arrival Time||Fleet|
|ET 0506||Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat||Addis Ababa||9:30||Sao Paulo||16:15||ET 788|
|ET 0507||Tue, Thu, Fri, Sun||Sao Paulo||1:35||Addis Ababa||20:00||ET 788|
*Weekly flight frequency in local time.
Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam, said; “We are delighted to offer our customers a faster and reliable connectivity between Africa, Middle East, Asia and Brazil with one of the shortest total Travel Time, operated with our state of the art fleet, Boeing 787. Moreover, while operating amidst of the fastest trade lane, our flight to Sao Paulo has been providing efficient connections with 30 weekly flights to 5 destinations in China, 28 weekly flights to India, 14 weekly flights to Tel Aviv, 14 weekly flights to Beirut and almost daily flights to 55 cities across Africa. In December, we shall complement our nonstop service with a fifth flight frequency(Sun/Mon), which will enable tourists and business travelers enjoy convenient connectivity options to/from more than 100 Ethiopian global passenger and cargo destinations. Furthermore, this move will also be an impetus to consolidate the multiple ties between Africa and Brazil’’.
Ethiopian’s first flight to Sao Paulo took place in 2013, having coordinated with its partner airline in West Africa, ASKY. Ethiopian is also currently in the midst of implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that aims to make the company the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers. This upgraded service is the most recent development in the company’s 25 percent average growth over the past seven years.