Ethiopian Airlines made its maiden flight to Toronto this week landing at Pearson International Airport. Toronto will be the second destination for the airline in North America next to Washington D.C.
The flight was commemorated by an event attended by Ato Deriba Kuma, Ethiopian Minister of Transport, Ms. Michèle Lévesque, Canadian Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mrs. Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga, Mr. Howard Eng. President and Chief Executive Officer of Greater Toronto Airports Authority.
The flight was welcomed with music, a water salute and dance performance at the terminal, ribbon cutting and cake.
The flight was made on the new modern Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft which is recognized as the world's longest range commercial aircraft with many facilities.
The flight between Addis Ababa and Toronto will be the only direct air link between Africa and Toronto and will save passengers from the need to procure transit visas, change of aircraft, long transit times and security inspections according to Tewolde Gebremairam, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines.
The launch of non stop flight service to Africa is important to Toronto and is a major milestone said Eng. It is expected that the newly established flight link will enhance trade links between Ethiopian and Canada connecting the significant numbers of Ethiopian in the Toronto area as well as opening large markets for business links.
The inaugural and subsequent flights to Toronto are already booked solid which is a rare occurrence on new routes according to Tewolde.
The airlines has landing rights for two weekly flights but hopes to acquire more landing rights in the coming months he said.
Source: Ethiopian Press Release