Ethiopian Airlines has announce the start of daily flights from London Heathrow to Addis Ababa from July 8, 2014 when a new Tuesday evening service is added to the schedule. The step up to daily services in July will be closely followed by the airline’s move to a brand new terminal at London Heathrow – from September. As a full Star Alliance member Ethiopian will join the Star partner airlines at the brand new Royal Terminal 2, scheduled to open in June. “Being part of the Star Alliance is vitally important to Ethiopian:” The airline’s CEO, Tewolde Gebremariam, told the UK’s Aviation Club earlier this month. “Aligning with one of the big three alliances helps us with our global competitive landscape, gives us a strong brand advantage and certain cost advantages too. It also helps us maintain a high service standard. “We can grow as much as we can on our own, but being part of Star Alliance gives (our passengers) access to 21,900 daily departures in 195 countries and 1,300 plus airports,” he said.
Ethiopian Airlines carries 5.6 million passengers annually. It has a fleet of 63 aircraft with an average age of seven years. Its principal hub is in Addis Ababa, its second in Togo, West Africa and a third new hub in Malawi where it has just started a new airline in partnership with the Malawi Government. A fourth hub will be formed in the DRC for Central Africa and 100% government owned.