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Fly Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 business class – from Manchester to Geneva!

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If you’re looking for something a little different for your next trip, Ethiopian Airlines is launching flights from Manchester to Geneva on 30th October.

This is a ‘fifth freedom’ service which is being tagged onto an Addis Ababa to Geneva flight.

This means that the times are a bit odd:

Ethiopian Airlines Manchester to Geneva
  • departs Manchester 18.50, arrives Geneva 21.40
  • departs Geneva 07.15, arrives Manchester 07.55

Flights operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Ethiopian will operate this service with a Boeing 787-9 with flat beds in Business Class.  Unfortunately, as of last night:

  • only fully flexible (£570 one way, £800+ return) fares were available in Economy
  • no tickets were available in Business
Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-9 business class seat

Ethiopian clearly hasn’t loaded its fares yet. I have seen advertising for this route over the weekend, which included mention of a Business Class cabin, so there is an intention to sell Manchester to Geneva at competitive prices.

As Ethiopian is a member of Star Alliance, it should also be available as a redemption with Miles & More or any other Star Alliance frequent flyer scheme.  We need to see how Ethiopian prices its seats before we can decide if miles or cash is a better option if you want to give this a go.

Pre-covid, Ethiopian flew between Manchester and Brussels as a similar ‘fifth freedom’ service. Ethiopian also started flights between Dublin and Madrid in 2019, later switching to Brussels, before suspending them. There was talk of a direct service between Addis Ababa and Manchester but the pandemic put a stop to that, at least for now.

You can check times and prices on the Ethiopian Airlines website here.

Comments (19)

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  • Greenpen says:

    I am concerned that these add on services do not offer the full experience of the cabin you are in. I flew PE from GRU to EZE on BA a couple of months ago and it had no appropriate service, all you got was the seat.

    There was an earlier article on flights from MAD to FRA on, I think, LATAM. I can’t remember if the full J service was offered.

    • Stuart Stebbings says:

      On a flight from Manchester to Geneva who cares about the service. It’s Only hour and a half or so.

    • Panda Mick says:

      MXP-BCN in SQ was a rather dull sandwich…. But the same excellent service.

    • Stu_N says:

      LATAM from FRA to MAD did full service, pisco sours on boarding and drinks/ meal in flight plus working IFE. Given timings (was around 1800 departure from FRA) I think a lot of people would eat on the first sector then get decent sleep after leaving MAD

  • Super Secret Stuff says:

    If its cheap I’ll do! Any way to credit to Avios or Virgin?

    • Super Secret Stuff says:

      Leave Thursday after work, come back Tuesday morning and be back in the office by 9. Sounds good to me

    • Lady London says:

      UA codeshare to EI? no idea if would work but just possibly

  • His Holyness says:

    Any experience using Platinum Upgrade Vouchers on ET?

  • Norsksaint says:

    Anyone have experience of Ethiopian Biz?
    Have booked an SK/Star Alliance 2-4-1 with them to fly OSL-ADD-JNB return next year.

    • Rob says:

      We’re hoping to give it a try to Geneva.

      • Norsksaint says:

        Great Rob. Look forward to that review. Have Ethiopia out and Turkish back, two new airlines for me.

    • pauldb says:

      If flown with them to SEZ via ADD: back in 2012 they joined *A and you could briefly book with bmi cash+miles just before bmi’s demise. ADD is a decent, modern airport and the flights weren’t very memorable so wouldn’t put me off using them again.

  • Ian says:

    More fares now loaded. I did a random search and it was giving £194 one way in Economy. Strangely, Business restricted fares were showing about £200 MORE than Business fully flexible fares!

  • Joe says:

    Of serious interest to myself as a northerner living in Switzerland!

  • Paul says:

    The biggest issue is that you need to use Manchester. It is a dump!

  • Harrison says:

    For what it’s worth, Ethiopian has never had fifth freedom rights on the Manchester to Brussels flights

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