Ethiopian Airlines operates twice-daily flights from Addis Ababa to Mumbai and Delhi each. While it operates an A350-900 to Mumbai on both frequencies, it operates a 767-300ER to Delhi on both flights. For many years, Ethiopian Airlines was rumoured to add flights to Chennai. A few years back, bilaterals between India and Ethiopia were increased and Bangalore was added as a point of call in place of Kolkata.
Well, Ethiopian Airlines have now announced addition of 4x weekly flights to Bengaluru from Addis Ababa. The first flight is scheduled for October 27, 2019. Ethiopian Airlines will deploy a 737-800 on this route. The schedule for the new flight is,
ET690 ADD2300 – 0800(+1 day)BLR 738 x136
ET691 BLR0230 – 0635ADD 738 x135
The flight is currently bookable. Roundtrip economy class fares start at INR 68k and roundtrip business class fares are available for INR 134k. You can find some good deals on Ethiopian airlines if you are connecting to Nairobi, Cape Town, Mount Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam and so-on.
Ethiopian Airlines’ 737-800 feature 16 recliner business class seats and 138 economy class seats. Interestingly, the 737-800 will have a turnaround time of 18 hours at Bengaluru. This is probably done so as to the time it with some flights to the USA as well as within Africa.
Or maybe Ethiopian airlines is planning to add a fifth freedom flight from Bengaluru? When RwandAir initially added flights to Mumbai from Kigali, the 737-800 had a similar turnaround time at Mumbai airport. But earlier last month, RwandAir upgraded the route to an A330-300 and added fifth freedom flights to Guangzhou from Mumbai to increase aircraft utilisation.