Ethiopian Airlines says it has finalized preparations to launch new flight services to Barcelona, Spain as of July 01, 2018, deploying the ultra-modern B787– 800 Dreamliner.
Barcelona, the capital and largest city of Catalonia and the second most populous municipality of Spain, is also the second largest trade fair and exhibition Centre in Europe.
“We are very happy to spread our wings to Barcelona, which will be our second destination in Spain, after Madrid, and the 13th city in our European network,” said Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group.
“The start of this new flight to Barcelona is part of our global route network expansion plan in line with our strategic roadmap, Vision 2025. The new flight to Barcelona will provide seamless connectivity options for business people as well as tourists from Barcelona to our extensive African network of 58 destinations via our main hub in Addis Ababa,” he said.
Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 110 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents.
Barcelona airport is the main airport of Catalonia with more than 47 Million passengers in 2017. The other important airport in Catalonia is Girona Airport, located at a distance of 100 kilometers northeast of Barcelona.
Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787-8, Boeing 787-9, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.
Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with eight business centers.
The eight business centers are:
- Ethiopian Regional Services;
- Ethiopian International Services;
- Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services;
- Ethiopian MRO Services;
- Ethiopian Aviation Academy;
- Ethiopian In-flight Catering;
- Ethiopian Ground Services and
- Ethiopian Airports Services.
Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.