Ethiopian Airlines Group will begin direct service between Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) on June 2, 2018. The route will be served with a Boeing 787, one of the most technologically advanced aircraft in Ethiopian’s fleet.
Ethiopian will fly the route three times per week. Flights will be served from ADD on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The return trip will be served on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Note that westbound flights will be served via Dublin, while eastbound flights will be served directly.
“Chicago will be our 4th destination in the U.S. and our 7th in the Americas. It is the third biggest city in the U.S. and one of the most important global aviation hubs. We will be filling a critical air connectivity vacuum as our flights will be the only direct service between Chicago and Africa,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines Group. “Chicago is the main hub of Star Alliance partner United Airlines, and the flight will be operated together with United to avail the best product for travelers from all over the U.S. connecting to more than 55 destinations in Africa. The flight will further boost the growing economic and people-to-people relations between the U.S. and Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular by enabling a greater flow of trade, investment, and tourism.”
Ethiopian’s US network currently includes Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Newark.
“West-bound, passengers from the entire continent of Africa will connect to Chicago and beyond through our Addis Ababa hub in late evenings; likewise, east-bound travelers from the USA will also connect to all over Africa in the morning through Addis,” Ethiopian Airlines Group said in a statement. “In both cases, the connectivity is designed in such a way that we are able to avail one of the shortest total travel times for our customers.”
Chicago Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans says that the new route will “unlock new opportunities for the city of Chicago and travelers across the globe” in addition to expanding ORD’s connectivity to the world.
Flight ET510 will depart ADD at 22:15 and arrive in Dublin at 4:25 (+1 day). The flight will leave Dublin at 5:25 (+1 day from ADD departure) and arrive at ORD at 7:55 (+1 day from ADD departure).
Flight ET511 will leave ORD at 9:55 and arrive at ADD at 7:40 (+1 day) without going through Dublin.
Chicago city officials report that roughly 50 Chicagoland companies have operations in over 100 locations in 10 African countries. Ethiopian serves 55 destinations across Africa from its hub at ADD.
Ethiopian has been serving the Americas since 1998.
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