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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

►► PHILIPPINES: Ethiopian Airlines cancels planned Manila, Ho Chi Minh City routes; nixes Singapore.

Ethiopian Airlines
[UPDATE 17 JULY] According to AirlineRoute, Ethiopian Airlines (ET) plans to adjust its East Asia operations from 18JUN13, with the tentative launch of 3 new destinations: Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Manila (Philippines) and Seoul Incheon (South Korea).

Until 17JUN13, the Star Alliance member operates 1 daily Addis Ababa – Bangkok – Hong Kong and 3 weekly Addis Ababa – Bangkok – Kuala Lumpur with a Boeing 767-300ER. From 18JUN13, ET plans to operate the following routes, but with the exception of Manila, they are not currently reflected in the airline’s inventory.

Ethiopian's proposed new routes
Ethiopian's proposed new routes (GreatCircleMapper)

Ethiopian Airlines (ET): Addis Ababa – Bangkok – Ho Chi Minh
- 3 weekly 767-300ER
  • ET626 ADD0040 – 1320BKK1420 – 1550SGN 763 246
  • ET627 SGN2300 – 0025+1BKK0140+1 – 0620+1ADD 763 246
Addis Ababa – Bangkok – Kuala Lumpur 
- Service increases from 3 to 4 weekly
  • ET618 ADD0040 – 1320BKK1430 – 1800KUL 763 1357
  • ET619 KUL2325 – 0025+1BKK0140+1 – 0610+1ADD 763 1357
Addis Ababa – Hong Kong – Manila
- 3 weekly 767-300ER
- ET does not have local traffic rights on Hong Kong – Manila sector
  • ET628 ADD0005 – 1500HKG1600 – 1800MNL 763 246
  • ET629 MNL2200 – 2355HKG0055+1 – 0655+1ADD 763 246
Addis Ababa – Hong Kong – Seoul Incheon 
- 4 weekly 767-300ER (Not opened for reservation and not yet reflected in ET Inventory)
  • ET608 ADD2315 – 1415+1HKG1515+1 – 1930+1ICN 763 2467
  • ET609 ICN2050 – 2335HKG0035+1 – 0635+1ADD 763 1357
Source [AirlineRoute]

Currently ET's system displays 1 daily Addis Ababa – Bangkok – Hong Kong and 3 weekly Addis Ababa – Bangkok – Kuala Lumpur and 3 weekly Addis Ababa – Hong Kong – Manila. Further changes will be made during the course of the next few weeks. However, these planned services may be altered or not open for reservation due to on-going investigation into the Boeing 787.

[UPDATE 12 FEBRUARY] AirlineRoute states that Ethiopian Airlines has removed its schedule filing to Ho Chi Minh from OAG Schedules. Consequently, ET626 will now TENTATIVELY terminate in Bangkok with the return flight ET627 originating from Bangkok as well.

Stay tuned for further revisions/updates.

[UPDATE 24 MARCH] AirlineRoute reports that as per the 22MAR13 GDS timetable and inventory display, Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed its planned service launch to Ho Chi Minh, where it will operate 3 weekly Addis Ababa – Bangkok – Ho Chi Minh sector on board Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. 

Reservation for the 3 weekly flight is now available, however it does not have local traffic rights on Bangkok – Ho Chi Minh sector.
Ethiopian Airlines (ET): Addis Ababa – Bangkok – Ho Chi Minh
- 3 weekly 767-300ER
  • ET626 ADD0040 – 1320BKK1420 – 1550SGN 763 246
  • ET627 SGN2300 – 0025+1BKK0140+1 – 0620+1ADD 763 246
Source [AirlineRoute]

[UPDATE 1 MAY]  AirlineRoute has once more updated the status quo with Ethiopian Airlines now set to adjust its planned South East Asia operation from 18JUN13 to 31AUG13. 

Latest adjustment sees the carrier delaying Manila and Ho Chi Minh service launch by 2 and 10 weeks respectively.

Addis Ababa – Hong Kong – Manila 
- Eff 02JUL13 3 weekly (Previously to start from 18JUN13)
- ET does not have local traffic rights on Hong Kong – Manila sector
  • ET628 ADD0005 – 1500HKG1600 – 1800MNL 763 246
  • ET629 MNL2200 – 2355HKG0055+1 – 0655+1ADD 763 246
Addis Ababa – Bangkok – Ho Chi Minh 
- Eff 03SEP13 3 weekly (Previously to start from 18JUN13)
- ET does not have local traffic rights on Bangkok – Ho Chi Minh sector
  • ET626 ADD0040 – 1320BKK1420 – 1550SGN 763 246
  • ET627 SGN2300 – 0025+1BKK0140+1 – 0620+1ADD 763 246

[UPDATE 20 JUNE] Ethiopian has once more revised its planned South East Asian operation according to AirlineRoute. Referencing the 19JUN13 GDS timetable/inventory display, Ethiopian Airlines has now cancelled the following planned new routes:

Addis Ababa – Hong Kong – Manila 
- Previously to start from 01JUL13 with 3 weekly flights (Addis Ababa – Hong Kong continues operation)
Addis Ababa – Bangkok – Ho Chi Minh 
- Previously to start from 03SEP13 with 3 weekly flights (Addis Ababa – Bangkok unaffected)
Instead, the Star Alliance member will begin service to Singapore from 03SEP13, operating Addis Ababa – Bangkok – Singapore route.

Addis Ababa - Bangkok - Singapore
- Eff 03SEP
- ET does not have local traffic rights on BKK – SIN sector.
  • ET626 ADD0040 – 1320BKK1445 – 1830SIN 763 246
  • ET627 SIN2255 – 0025+1BKK0140+1 – 0620+1ADD 763 246
Reference the following post: ► SINGAPORE: Ethiopian seeks closer ties with Singapore Airlines as means of entering Australian market. 

[UPDATE 17 JULY] AirlineRoute states that as of 16JUL13, Ethiopian Airlines has cancelled its planned service launch to Singapore, due to start from 03SEP13. The airline previously planned to operate a 3x weekly Addis Ababa – Bangkok – Singapore service with a Boeing 767-300ER. ET will continue to operate Addis Ababa – Bangkok sector, despite this latest adjustment.

ET’s planned East Asia (excluding China) operation from September 2013 as follows:
  • 3 weekly Addis Ababa – Bangkok
  • 4 weekly Addis Ababa – Bangkok – Kuala Lumpur
  • 3 weekly Addis Ababa – Hong Kong
  • 4 weekly Addis Ababa – Hong Kong – Seoul Incheon

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