Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest airline group, is celebrating 50 years of continuous service to Mumbai (then Bombay), India.
Ethiopian Airlines made its debut flight to Mumbai on 01 December 1971 although it started operations to New Delhi in 1966, just 20 years after the airline was founded.
The once-a-week flight from Addis Ababa to Mumbai and onward to Peking operated by B720 aircraft pioneered the air transport linkage between Africa-India and China.
Gradually over the years, the frequency increased to twice and then thrice weekly until Ethiopian commenced daily operations to Mumbai. The airline, on 12 February 2015, increased its services to Mumbai to double daily proving the great scope it had in the commercial capital of India.
Ethiopian has expanded its operation to three passenger and five cargo destinations with its enhanced services and modern fleet.
Marking the 50 years of uninterrupted service to Mumbai, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew said, “We are thrilled to have celebrated this big milestone-50 years of uninterrupted service to Mumbai thereby connecting the people of India to the vast Ethiopian global network. Mumbai is the commercial capital of India and one of the key destinations in Asia; we will maintain our commitment to serve Mumbai, thereby providing it access to our 127 destinations with our latest aircraft. Ethiopian has paved the way for people to people and trade ties between India and Africa with its multiple destinations in India. We are glad to have served Mumbai and the people of India in general for the last 55 years. “
The five decades’ journey of Ethiopian Airlines in India started from B720, B727, B757, B767, and became the first to bring the B787 Dreamliner to India.
Currently, Ethiopian operates A350 and B777 to Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru in India. Ethiopian freighters also operate to Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Ahmedabad.