You know I love trying exotic airlines and you cannot get much more exotic than Eritrean Airlines. Is this the solution to my Dubai dilemma?
Last week, I asked you for suggestions on how I should get back to the USA from Dubai. You offered me many great options and I’m considering each option carefully: nothing is booked yet.
Today, however, I read that Eritrean Airlines is resuming service to Dubai after a long hiatus. The flag carrier of Eritrea has only one aircraft, a 737-300, which it flies to Addis Ababa, Cario, Khartoum, and Jeddah. Eritrean Airlines once had a far larger fleet of A319s, A320s, 757s, and 767s, but like many smaller African carriers, has struggled financially over the years. It also fought a costly war with its neighbor Ethiopia.
As an aside, the resumption of commercial service between Asmara and Addis Ababa, which just occurred last month, is a huge deal. Eritrea split away from Ethiopia in 1993 and a bloody war ensued that killed over 80,000. But time has healed wounds and the two nations have re-established diplomatic relations…and now flights.
Small problem for me, though: I don’t know if the service will start in time for my trip later this month. If it does, I could fly Eritrean Airlines from Dubai to Asmara, spend a day there, then fly to the East Coast via Addis on Ethiopian Airlines. I flew three longhauls on Ethiopian Airlines last year and enjoyed all three flights:
- Ethiopian Airlines 787 Business Class Reviews:
While it might not make for the most interesting flight review, it could be interesting. I could also visit Dakar, Senegal or Accra, Ghana and then take the South African Airways nonstop into Washington Dulles.
I’ve explored almost all of Europe, much of Asia and South America, but very little of Africa. In my quest to visit every country in the world, I also want to fly as many local carriers as possible in Africa. This could well be the start. Let’s see if this service starts with just days notice, like the Addis Ababa route, or if it is months away.
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