Looking back earlier this month and Ethiopian Airlines started its four times weekly service to Addis Ababa. To celebrate this inaugural event which went out full the Airport and Ethiopian put on an event including flight aboard one of the airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
The festivities started at check in with staff on hand to assist passengers for both of the days flights
Once through the formalities of check in and security there was more to come at the gate with welcome food and drink plus entertainment from an Ethiopian dance troupe.
Speeches included Jeremy Lefroy MP who said that 'Ethiopia is a key partner as we look to expand our trading relationship with the wider African continent"
The route opens up 60 connections across Africa with destinations in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Tanzania. Andrew Cowan said of the new route; "We're delighted to have Ethiopian Airlines launching its service to Addis Ababa today" In response Twolde Gebremariam CEO Ethiopian Airlines said 'We are delighted to start our service to Manchester, our second destination in the UK after London Heathrow."
The flight departs from T2 at 18:05 arriving at Bole International at 06:45 in time to make the most of onward connections within Africa.
Once on board there was time to visit the airlines business offering as well as a typical on board service, in addition to being able to chat with the CEO.
The Ethiopian service has filled a large gap in the route structure of Manchester and with forward bookings looking healthy the future is looking bright.