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Ethiopian Airlines touched down at Singapore’s Changi Airport for the first time on Tuesday (3 December 2013), following the launch of a new service from Addis Ababa, via Bangkok.
The African carrier will now operate three weekly flights on the route, using its two-class, 234-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft. Singapore Airlines will codeshare on the route.
The inaugural flight carried Ethiopia’s State Minister for Trade & Industry, Taddesse Haile, and Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Trade, Industry & National Development, Lee Yi Shyan, along with Ethiopian Airlines’ CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam.
“We are proud to welcome one of Africa’s fastest growing and most reputable airlines to Changi Airport,” said Yam Kum Weng, Changi Airport Group’s executive vice president of air hub development.
“The cooperation between Ethiopian Airlines and Singapore Airlines not only connects Singapore with Ethiopia but also on a broader scale, Southeast Asia, Southwest Pacific with the entire Eastern and Central Africa region. This cooperation will further strengthen Singapore’s air hub position.”
Ethiopian’s CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, added; “Singapore’s strength and competitiveness as a well-connected aviation hub is the primary reason behind our decision to utilise Singapore as the gateway to Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific. Codeshare agreements with Star Alliance partners such as Singapore Airlines will offer Ethiopian Airlines the opportunity to extend our network to Australia.”
Addis Ababa is the fourth new city link for Changi Airport this year, following Mandalay, Kalibo, Jinan and Lijiang.
The new flight will operate every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.