Ethiopian Airlines Eyes New Destinations In China

Ethiopian Airlines is a well-known African giant. With an incredible route network, Ethiopian is a tough airline to beat in Africa. However, the airline is not showing any signs of slowing down. It appears that Ethiopian is looking at launching flights to three new destinations in China.

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Ethiopian Airlines is eyeing some more destinations in China. Photo: Boeing

Ethiopian Airlines eyes three new destinations in China

Xinhuanet reports that Ethiopian Airlines is eyeing flights to three new destinations in China. These three are Chongqing, Shenzhen, and Zhengzhou. Ethiopian has not officially announced these three routes. However, it appears that the airline is going through the bureaucratic process before officially launching these flights. In addition, it appears that Ethiopian is looking at increasing some frequencies on current flights to key destinations like Guangzhou.

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Ethiopian Airlines appears to be pursuing governmental approval prior to launching these new flights. Photo: Boeing

These flights could draw on a mixed crowd. Most likely, passengers would not connect out of Ethiopian to another carrier in either Chongqing, Shenzhen, or Zhengzhou. Instead, Ethiopian would likely bring these passengers out of Africa and perhaps other destinations via a connection in Addis Ababa.

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How could Ethiopian launch these flights?

These cities are easily within range for either Dreamliner or Airbus A350 flights. With both types on order, expansion is not out of line for Ethiopian. Both of these latest-generation aircraft will be a comfortable way to make the trek from Addis Ababa to China.

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Ethiopian Airlines could access these destinations with Airbus A350 aircraft. Photo: Airbus

But, Ethiopian could add a little twist on these flights. The airline is a fan of fifth-freedom routes. This includes a recent launch of flights to Houston from Addis Ababa via Lome. Although, that stop is largely due to Addis Ababa being a hot and dry airport that limits some aircraft performance.

Nevertheless, Ethiopian could find a way to add even more destinations to its already expansive network through fifth-freedom flights. Most likely, in this case, Ethiopian would fly onwards out of these destinations to other East Asian cities.

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Ethiopian could launch some interesting fifth freedom routes. Photo: Simple Flying

Ethiopian’s Chinese network

Ethiopia’s flag-carrier already flies to Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, and Shanghai from Addis Ababa. In addition, Ethiopian also operates a flight to Hong Kong. All of these destinations are sources of huge tourist and business travel. With these three new routes, Ethiopian would fly to an impressive total of seven destinations in China.

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Ethiopian Airlines would fly to an impressive seven destinations in China. Rendering created at Great Circle Mapper

Overall

These new routes would be a huge bonus for travelers looking for one-stop flights across a host of destinations in Africa. While Ethiopian Airlines has not confirmed the launch of any of these routes, it would not be out of line for the carrier to expand and inaugurate three new flights to China.

Would you fly Ethiopian Airlines to Chongqing, Zhengzhou, or Shenzen in China? What do you think about Ethiopian Airlines’ expansion plans? Let us know in the comments!

Simple Flying reached out to Ethiopian Airlines for comment, however, Ethiopian did not respond in time for publication. 

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Sam

Emm the reason why they operate to IHA via Lome is because of the high altitude of ADD which means lots of fuel wasted at the time of take off not the “dry and hot” climate. ADD has a moderate climate. In fact long range flights start from DXB and DOH which are in the middle of a desert so there is no logic in your statment.

stogieguy7

China has made a ton of investments in Ethiopia, which also owes the PRC multiple millions of dollars. The business/financial/governmental connections between the two countries have become very tight indeed, hence the need (and encouragement) to launch even more routes between ADD and secondary Chinese markets.