Ethiopian pushes Chengdu launch forward


Star Alliance member Ethiopian Airlines is pushing the commencement of its Chengdu flights ahead to a sooner start date.

The airline has announced that it will move up the start date of its Addis Ababa-Chengdu service that was originally scheduled for June 6. This route will now launch on May 22 using a Boeing 787-8 three times a week.

Chengdu is the capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan province with its history dating back to at least the 4th century BC. At that time, it was the capital for the Shu Kingdom. Artifacts from that dynasty can be seen at the Jinsha Site Museum.

The city is also home to the world-famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a conservation center where visitors can view endangered giant pandas in a natural habitat.

Addis Ababa, is the sprawling Ethiopian capital bordering the Great Rift Valley. It’s National Museum exhibits Ethiopian art, traditional crafts, and prehistoric fossils, and includes replicas of the famous early hominid, “Lucy.”