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Ethiopian's EWR/IAD Route?

Wed Feb 12, 2003 8:49 am

The routing of Ethiopian Airlines' 3x weekly roundtrip flights between ADD and EWR/IAD shows a stop at FCO; from all timetable indicators, the flight does not carry pax between ADD and FCO nor does ET have traffic rights between FCO and EWR/IAD. Neither are there any "conditional stopover" notations at FCO for the flights.

Is FCO strictly a technical/refueling stop for ET on its Addis Ababa to New York and Washington D.C. flights? And if there are no passengers enplaned/deplaned at Rome, why an enroute technical stop there? -- it seems to be some distance off the great circle route between ADD and EWR.
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RE: Ethiopian's EWR/IAD Route?

Thu Feb 13, 2003 1:05 am

good question. I hope someone answers it soon.

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RE: Ethiopian's EWR/IAD Route?

Thu Feb 13, 2003 7:52 am

My guess is that Rome is chosen as a technical stop because crews could easily be switched there. Flights to the US could correspond with flights solely to Rome. ET does still serve FCO with 767-equipment I hope?
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RE: Ethiopian's EWR/IAD Route?

Thu Feb 13, 2003 8:18 am

FCO is one of ET's biggest destinations, so it's probably easier to switch crew there.

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