Ethiopian Airlines, dubbed the new spirit of Africa, has launched two flights to Blantyre in Malawi and Ndola in Zambia. The two new flights commenced on Sunday March 31st and will operate three times a week. This is the second set of flights in both countries where the Airline already operates flights to Lusaka Zambia and Lilongwe in Malawi.
Ato Esayas Woldemariam, Chief Commercial Officer of the Ethiopian Airlines observed that the additional two routes affirm the airline’s pledge to connect the African continent to the rest of the world and foster good relationships among African countries. His words were echoed by Mbuya Isaac Munlo, Malawian ambassador to Ethiopia who was present at the occasion. Mbuya said the flight would help foster social and economic relations between Malawi and Ethiopia.
The ambassador also noted that the flight was very essential as Addis Ababa is a key passage for Malawians as well as other passengers. “Interactions may be social, it may be commercial; but it definitely strengthens relations; it strengthens the understanding; it increases exchanges in terms of trade and in terms of other economic activities” he said (Xinhua). Ethiopian Airlines provides consistent flights to over 70 countries in four continents and the two new flights will scale up the Airline’s African total to 46. The flight from Addis Ababa to copperbelt Ndola is approximately 1672 miles away and 1732 miles to Blantyre.
Airline of accolades
If the amount of respect an airline enjoys is measured by the number of accolades it has taken home, then Ethiopian Airlines commands heavy portions of respect because many accolades have found way to its table of glory including the International Diamond Price for Excellence by the European Society for Quality Research on Dec 2, 2012 in Brussels, for their commitment to quality, excellence and continuous improvement. The airline was named fourth in the top five airlines of Africa and second in top ten safest airlines in Africa by Venture Africa.
This fast growing African airline, which some business travelers love to refer to as ‘glamorous’, was the first in Africa to operate the Boeing 777 Freighter.