Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, is set to resume its services to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as of 25 March 2023. The flight will be operated four times a week with the carrier’s flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Regarding the flight resumption, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Mesfin Tasew said, “We are excited to bring our Kuala Lumpur flights back to service. “
“The resumption of the flights reopens convenient and seamless travel options between Kuala Lumpur and more than 60 African destinations.”
“Kuala Lumpur is a destination of choice for both business and leisure travelers, and we are proud to provide a convenient travel option that is suitable for passengers traveling for either of the purposes.”
“These flights are also one of the channels easing the diplomatic and socio-economic ties between Malaysia and Africa thus, the resumption of the service plays a significant role in the relationship of the two regions.”
Previous suspension of KL services in 2021
Ethiopian Airlines first commenced its service between Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with a thrice-weekly service back in 2012. However, the flight was suspended later in 2021.
Air travel between Ethiopia and Malaysia is relatively low compared to other routes. However, the most common transit points for flights between the two countries are Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia and Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is currently the fastest growing airline in Africa. In its seventy-six plus years of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.
In addition to its main hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, it is also pursuing its multi-hub strategy through a hub in Lomé, Togo with ASKY, in Lilongwe, Malawi with Malawi Airlines and in Lusaka, Zambia with Zambia Airways.
Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the Pan African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 145 domestic and international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents.
Ethiopian’s fleet consists of ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Boeing 737s, 777s, 787s, Airbus A350-900 and Bombardier Dash 8-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of seven years.
In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate most of these aircraft. The carrier is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2035.
This initiative will see it become one of the top 20 most competitive and leading aviation groups in the world.
It plans to provide safe, secured, market driven and customer focused Passenger and Cargo Transport and Logistics Services, Aviation Training, Airport Management and Ground Services, MRO and Aerospace Manufacturing and Travel and Tourism Services.
As a multi-award-winning airline, Ethiopian has been winning various coveted awards including Skytrax’s ‘Best Airline in Africa Award’ for five consecutive years.
The airline has also been a Star Alliance member since 2011, and has been registering more than threefold growth in the past 10 years.