Ethiopian Airlines stated Beijing is scheduled to become the East Asian hub for the carrier, as it takes advantage of fast development in trade between China and Africa (Nazret, 19-Aug-2010). The carrier commented that, in the peak season, load factors often exceed 90% on Africa-China services. The carrier added that it hopes to launch services to Shanghai or Hangzhou in the near future, in addition to its existing Addis Ababa-Beijing service.
Ethiopian Airlines plans Beijing as East Asian hub
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