|Ethiopian Starts Services to Semera, the Home of Lucy - 12 December, 2013|
Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing African airline, is happy to announce
the commencement of services to Semera, the capital of the Regional State of Afar
located in the North Eastern part of Ethiopia, starting from December 14, 2013.
The new service will be operated thrice weekly with Ethiopian Q-400 Bombardier aircraft
on, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The Afar region is well known for its early hominid fossil finds including 'Lucy',
an Australopithecus afarensis, discovered in 1974, who lived about 3.2 million years
ago, and more recently the Grandfather of Lucy' dubbed "Kadanuumuu", which means
"big man"in Afar language and which dates back from 3.5 - 3.8 million years ago.
Mr. Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines Group
said: "As the national carrier of Ethiopia, we have a duty to establish extensive
domestic network and air connectivity that enables the flow of tourism, business,
investment and trade to all parts of the country. Today, Ethiopian Regional Services
covers 18 domestic points, the largest domestic network in Africa. Now that Semera
airport is ready, we are very happy to start our flights and to support the region's
With the region's growing mining and tourism industry, passengers from the Afar
region as well as Ethiopian extensive network in five continents, especially business
and leisure travelers from Toronto and Washington DC making transfer flights to
Semera, will be able to enjoy the smooth and hassle- free travel experience.
Ethiopian Regional Services is one of the seven strategic businesses units of
Ethiopian Airlines Group and was established per Vision 2025 strategic roadmap with
a view to cater to the growing domestic and regional travel needs.
Ethiopian is the recipient of the 2013 SKYTRAX award for "Best Airline Staff
Service in Africa"; the Passengers Choice Award for "Best Airline in Africa"; and
recently the African Airlines Association award as "African Airline of the Year".
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its
operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has become one of the continent's
leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.
Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network
operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 78 international destinations
across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally
friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200LR Freighter
and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline
in Africa to own and operate these aircraft
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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