Ethiopian Airlines Group has launched its first-ever nonstop service from Chicago to Africa. The inaugural flight from O'Hare International Airport to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, took place on June 11. The new nonstop service will be operated together with Star Alliance partner United Airlines and is scheduled to connect flyers from Chicago and the Midwest to more than 55 destinations in Africa. Ethiopian, a SKYTRAX-certified Four Star Global airline, will fly the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on the route, which will take approximately 14 hours.
Ethiopian Airlines will fly three times a week between Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and Chicago:
- Chicago to Addis Ababa service will be available on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
- Addis Ababa to Chicago service will be available on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday
Chicago O’Hare has become the fourth U.S. destination for Ethiopian, which has flown to the U.S. since 1998. Its other U.S. gateways are Newark Liberty, Los Angeles and Washington Dulles.
Ethiopian Airlines operates a modern fleet of aircraft that travels to more than 100 international passengers and cargo destinations across five continents. The fleet includes modern aircraft such as the Airbus A350, Boeing 787-8, Boeing 787-9, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, and the Bombardier Q-400. Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.
The airline is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Express & Ancillary Services, Ethiopian International Services, Ethiopian Cargo Services, Ethiopian MRO Services, Ethiopian Aviation Academy, ET In-flight Catering and Ethiopian Ground Services.