26 NOVEMBER 2018
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Africa is to have a new link with Russia from next Saturday, 1 December, when the continent’s largest aviation group, Ethiopian Airlines, begins a three-a-week service to Moscow with the Boeing B787 Dreamliner.
Ethiopian group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said Russia, as one of the world’s leading producers of oil and natural gas, offered ample trade and investment potential for investors.
Its advanced manufacturing base and light industry also held further import-export trade potentials with Africa, which was endowed with diverse natural resources and raw materials.
“The air connectivity Ethiopian provides to link Africa and Russia will go a long way towards facilitating and bolstering multi-faceted relations between the two regions,” he added.
“Our direct flights will also promote Ethiopian and other parts of Africa to travellers from Russia, which will be the final BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) country in our ever-growing global network.”
Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan, Vision 2025, with the aim of becoming the leading aviation group in Africa through eight business centres, including units for regional and international services and cargo and logistics services.
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