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.