Ethiopian Airlines has commenced flight services between Addis Ababa Airport and Chicago in the United States of America with effect from June 10, 2018.
The inaugural flight departed Addis Ababa for Chicago on 10 June following a ceremony Addis Ababa Airport in the presence of H.E. Mr. Michael Raynor, the US Ambassador to Ethiopia, .
Others present at the inaugural flight ceremony were members of the Diplomatic Corps, Ethiopian Executive Management members and invited guests.
The new service which is currently the only direct service between Chicago and Africa, will operate three times a week using technologically advanced Boeing 787-8 aircraft.
Outbound flights will depart Addis Ababa on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays while inbound will leave Chicago on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Chicago is the third biggest city in the United States and one of the most important global aviation hubs. It will be Ethiopian Airlines 4th destination in the U.S. and its 7th in the Americas.
The Chicago flight is expected to boost economic and diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular by enabling flow of trade, investment and tourism.