Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner 787 Flies into Dublin
MAR 25, 2015: Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner B787 made a scheduled first visit to Dublin Airport. Earlier this year the largest airline in Africa announced that it would commence three times weekly flights direct from Dublin to Addis Ababa and Dublin direct to Los Angeles on the Dreamliner 787. Dreamliner B787 Flight Number touched down at Dublin Airport on a short visit ahead of its inaugural flight to Los Angeles on June 20th next. Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive Tewolde Gebremariam travelled on the aircraft from London Heathrow with crew and a number of African journalists and was welcomed by Kevin Toland, Chief Executive, of the Dublin Airport Authority. This is the first time a Dreamliner 787 has made a scheduled stop in Dublin Airport. The ultra-modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner offers unparalleled on-board comfort to passengers especially for long haul routes with its unique features such as greatly reduced noise, higher cabin air humidity, biggest windows in the sky and spacious cabin interior. These new flights commencing in June will be the only direct services connecting Africa with Ireland and the West Coast of the United States, following Ireland’s move to grant Ethiopian fifth freedom rights, enabling the airline to sell tickets on all sectors of the new Addis Ababa to LA route. Passengers from Ireland and Los Angeles will be able to enjoy seamless and convenient connectivity options thanks to Ethiopian’s extensive network in Africa, spanning 49 destinations. Similarly, as the flights will be the only direct service between Dublin and Los Angeles, the Irish and U.S. travelling public between the two cities will greatly benefit from the opening of the route. Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe welcomed The Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner B787 into Dublin Airport for the first time: ‘This is a very exciting day for Dublin airport and for Irish tourism. “I very much look forward to the start of Ethiopian Airlines’ new Addis Ababa-Los Angeles service via Dublin Airport in June, using the very impressive Dreamliner. The new routes will strengthen Ireland’s connectivity to the west coast of the United States and will provide the first direct link to Ethiopia and other points in Africa and beyond from the Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa hub, offering additional choice and convenience for passengers.” Chief Executive Kevin Toland said he was delighted to welcome Ethiopian’s Dreamliner to Dublin in advance of the official launch of the new Addis Ababa-Dublin-Los Angeles service in June.