A new flight route between Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa and Chengdu, the capital city of southwestern Sichuan province, will be launched in June this year, announced by Ethiopian Airlines recently.
The flights will operate three times a week by Boeing 787-800, cutting flight time to about 10 hours. It will be the Chinese city's first direct flight to Africa.
Chengdu is the fifth Chinese city in the airline's expanding map. The addition of the new route will increase the airline's weekly flights to China to 34. Currently it operates daily flights to Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong and also 10 weekly flights to Guangzhou.