Wolsingerjet From Canada, joined Apr 2006, 348 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3435 times:
Ethiopian has announced they are looking at adding 3 new cities in north america.Toronto,Atlanta and New york are three cities the carrier wants to serve.Currently Washington is the only north american city served.
Commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 10602 posts, RR: 62 Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3381 times:
New York probably makes the most sense, if for only economic and sheer traffic volume reasons, and because it offers huge connection options to back up huge O&D. Toronto and Atlanta also probably have lots of VFR O&D I'm guessing. However, what of the rumor a few weeks (months?) back that Ethiopian was close to joining oneworld? If true, I'd say that probably tips the scales in favor of JFK, which would be able to offer the most onward connections by a prospective oneworld carrier, obviously AA.
IAD380 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 804 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3340 times:
Adding new destinations in North America is a smart move by Ethiopian. There are large Ethiopian communities in major American and Canadian cities, and North America is still a minor part of ET's expanding global route network. Do you know when ET plans to start flights to YYZ, EWR/JFK, and ATL? I wonder if ET is waiting for delivery of the new 787s it ordered before it starts flying to more cities in North America. I also wonder where these flights will stop on their way from ADD to the United States and Canada. Too bad ET does not yet have fifth freedom rights between IAD and FCO, because no other airline serves that route.
MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 16475 posts, RR: 48 Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3246 times:
Quoting Wolsingerjet (Thread starter): Ethiopian has announced they are looking at adding 3 new cities in north america.Toronto,Atlanta and New york are three cities the carrier wants to serve.Currently Washington is the only north american city served.
They should upgrade IAD to daily service and join an alliance before adding another sporadic North American city.
ETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 8 Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2935 times:
It looks like the wheel is in motion for ET to amend its application for initial foreign air carrier permit, as it wishes to be authorized to operate within the Open Skies guidelines as signed between the governments of US and Ethiopia.
As for New York, Atlanta, Toronto, these are all stations that have always been talked about even before ET first opened routes to North America begining with IAD. While New York and Toronto may make sense in terms of available traffic and the cities being financial captitals of their respective countries, any other big city will qualify as a candidate for the "there are many expat Ethiopians" argument. Ethiopians are all over the US, with Seattle, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis and many others having such concentration. At any rate, we shall see how this turns out and what steps the airline takes as it goes forward.