Ethiopian Airlines will launch flights to Singapore before the end of the year.
Commencing on 3 December 2013, the African carrier will operate three weekly flights from Addis Ababa to Singapore, as an extension of its existing Bangkok service.
Flights will depart every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 0040, arriving at Singapore’s Changi Airport at 1815, following a stop in the Thai capital. The return service will leave Singapore the same day at 2245, once again stopping in Bangkok, before arriving back into Addis Ababa at 0625 the following morning.
Flights will operate using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 235 seats – 24 in business class and 211 in economy class.
“Singapore is a major and preferred gateway to Asia and Australia. That is why we have decided to make Singapore our main strategic point of access to the Oceania market and its huge Ethiopian/African diaspora community by availing excellent connectivity options through our codeshare agreement with fellow Star Alliance member, Singapore Airlines,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian.
“Our flights to Singapore will also greatly contribute to the strengthening of trade, investment and tourism ties between a booming Africa and a highly developed, innovative and business-friendly Singapore.” he added.
Ethiopian will become the first East African carrier to service Singapore, which will become the airline’s 78th international destination.