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In a statement the airline said that the new service will enable it to reach all five of the most populous countries in the world. Flights will depart Addis Ababa Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday, at 00h00, arriving in Bangkok at 13h20. From Bangkok flights will depart at 14h20, arriving in Jakarta at 18h05. The return service will depart Jakarta on the same days at 20h35, arriving in Bangkok at 00h20. From Bangkok flights will depart at 1h45, arriving in Addis Ababa at 06h15.
Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said: “We are very happy to launch a direct service to Jakarta, the first direct connection between Africa and Indonesia and the first flights into Jakarta by an African carrier. Our new service will further cement our growing footprint in Asia and will enable us to remain the carrier of choice for travellers connecting between Africa and Asia.
Indonesia is one of the most populated countries in the world with a fast growing economy and an emerging manufacturing hub. In the coming years, African and Indonesian trade, investment and tourism ties are set to grow in an exponential manner and our direct flights will make a significant contribution in the enhancement of Africa-Indonesia cooperation.
We plan to increase our flights to dialy very quickly in line with our Vision 2025 strategic roadmap of connecting Africa with the major trading centers of the world thru our fast expanding global network.”
Ethiopian will deploy the modern Boeing 787-8 on the route.