As Kenya Airways Struggles With the USA Route, Ethiopian Reacts

AllAfrica | January 29, 2019

Ethiopian Airlines announces plans to 'restructure its entire U.S. network' which will see them opening new destination, adding frequencies and shifting gateways.Ethiopian Airlines, the largest aviation group in Africa and alerted by a recent move by one of the major competitors Kenya Airways, has announced its plans to restructure its entire US network.US market is increasingly becoming important for African airlines with several of them making flights either directly or with single stop-overs. These include Kenya Airways, South African Airways and Egypt Air.

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This brochure provides airplane characteristics for the 737 MAX family models that have an impact on airport compatibility. This information is intended solely for airport planning purposes. All information for the 737 MAX is preliminary and may change during development and testing. More detailed data for these models will be found in the Airplane Characteristics for Airport Planning document (ACAP) to be published at a future date.

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This brochure provides airplane characteristics for the 737 MAX family models that have an impact on airport compatibility. This information is intended solely for airport planning purposes. All information for the 737 MAX is preliminary and may change during development and testing. More detailed data for these models will be found in the Airplane Characteristics for Airport Planning document (ACAP) to be published at a future date.

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