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Sunday, May 19, 2013

►► BRAZIL: Ethiopian Airlines to start 787 flights to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo via Lome from July 2013.

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[UPDATE 19 MAY] Having postponed their intended December launch of flights to Brazil via Lome, Togo owing to "inconvenient slot times given the airline" by the Brazilian aviation authorities, Ethiopian Airlines is said to be readying itself for a possible 1 June 2013 service to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil via Lome, Togo.

Guarulhos International Airport / São Paulo
Guarulhos International Airport / São Paulo, Brazil
The Star Alliance member plans to operate a 3x weekly Addis Ababa – Lome – Rio de Janeiro – São Paulo – Lome – Addis Ababa service using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with reservations now open.

Ethiopian Airlines (ET): Addis Ababa – Lome (Togo) – Rio de Janeiro – São Paulo – Lome – Addis Ababa
- Effective 1 June 2013
  • ET506 ADD1045 – 1300LFW1430 – 2000GIG2130 – 2225GRU 763 136
  • ET507 GRU0050 – 1130LFW1230 – 2100ADD 763 247
Source [Airline Route]

Lomé, Togo is the main hub for Ethiopian Airlines' subsidiary ASKY Airlines (KP) and is to act as a main transitory/collection point for Ethiopian in its future South America/West African network expansion plans.

[UPDATE 8 APRIL] Ethiopian Airlines is delaying its planned Brazil service launch by 1 month. The Star Alliance member will now begin 3 weekly Addis Ababa – Lome – Rio de Janeiro – Sao Paulo – Lome – Addis Ababa service on 01JUL13, instead of 01JUN13.

[UPDATE 19 MAY] According to Airline Route, Ethiopian Airlines has further revised planned Brazil operation, due to start from 01JUL13. The Star Alliance member is now planning to operate Boeing 787 aircraft on its 3 weekly Addis Ababa – Lome – Rio de Janeiro – Sao Pauo – Lome – Addis Ababa service, instead of Boeing 767.
  • ET506 ADD1020 – 1300LFW1430 – 2015GIG2145 – 2325GRU 788 136
  • ET507 GRU0115 – 1155LFW1255 – 2125ADD 788 247

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