Ethiopian Airlines held an anniversary dinner last night at London’s Syon Park, under the airlines flight path from Heathrow, to celebrate 45 years of operating from the UK.

The airline launched its inaugural flight from London to Addis Ababa in June 1973 with four flights per week stopping in Rome, Frankfurt and Cairo and operating just two Boeing 720 aircraft.

Growing extensively over 45 years the airline now operates ten weekly non-stop flights between Heathrow to Addis Ababa using the Airbus A350 and has announced four times weekly services between Manchester to Addis Ababa commencing on December 11.

Its expanding international network now spans to 110 destinations across five continents including the largest African network of 54 destinations. Last month it took delivery of its 100th aircraft - a Boeing 787-900.

Last night’s event saw 120 guests enjoy a night of Ethiopian hospitality which included an Ethiopian BBQ and wine, traditional Ethiopian dancers and a prize giveaway.

Michael Yohannes, the airline’s country manager for the UK (and pictured above with the management team), said: “We are very proud to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Ethiopian Airlines operating from London. We offer our passengers from the UK a fantastic service with the chance to connect to over 54 countries in Africa through our hub in Addis Ababa. We would like to thank all those that have supported us in the last 45 years and we are excited about the future.”

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