Ethiopian Airlines plans daily Philippines - Africa non-stop flight

Ethiopia’s flag carrier plans to mount daily flights between Africa and the Philippines in a year’s time, while it fast-tracks its aircraft orders to allow it to also offer non-stop trips.

Ethiopian Airlines launched its maiden flight to the Philippines via Bangkok, marking the entry of the sole airline that services the Manila-Africa route.

It will offer thrice weekly flights that will provide the “fastest and shortest route” to 52 locations in Africa, and will be operated with Ethiopian Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 24 seats in business class and 211 seats in economy class.

Under its 2025 targets, which kicked off in 2010, the airline has been eyeing 90 destinations. But the Philippines became its 91st destination across five continents after rapid expansion that saw the introduction of five new routes since June -- Goma, Cape Town, Gaborone, Dublin, and Los Angeles.