ETHIOPIAN TO ADD MANILA VIA HONG KONG
Ethiopian Airlines will from the 18th of June commence flights to Manila, the capital of the Philippines, using, according to information available right now, a B767-300ER aircraft. The destination is due to be served three times a week and flights will route via Hong Kong, which the airline serves daily via Bangkok.
It was meanwhile also learned that Ethiopian, Africa’s first airline to fly the B787 Dreamliner, is standing by awaiting clearance of the aircraft by the American FAA to resume flights, subject to anticipated modifications in the battery and power set up. Boeing has been working on finding a lasting solution for this problem which grounded the global fleet of B787’s already delivered and in service, and AD’s, short for Airworthiness Directive, are expected to be issued by the FAA when lifting the grounding order for the world’s most revolutionary new passenger jet.
The grounding of the B787’s has delayed the start up of a number of destinations for Ethiopian, where the airline had planned to use their current B767-300ER aircraft, which however for the time being have to be deployed on routes intended to be served by the B787. Ethiopian connects Entebbe, Kigali, Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam through their hub in Addis Ababa into their African and international network. Watch this space for updates and changes though breaking news.