Ethiopian to link Chengdu with AfricaAfrica’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines, is delighted to announce that it has concluded preparations to start new flight to Chengdu, China three times weekly as of June 3, 2017.Chengdu is the capital of China’s Sichuan province and is the 7th-largest city in China.Chengdu is the country’s western center of logistics, commerce, science and technology, as well as a hub of transportation, manufacturing and communication. Source = Ethiopian Airlines Chengdu is also a major hub for Air China, Ethiopian Airlines’ Star Alliance partner. With this new flight, passengers from Ethiopian vast and growing network in Africa will be able to quickly connect to dozens of cities in China partnership with Air China, including Shenzhen, Kunming, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Wuhan, Changsha, and Urumqi.Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said: “We are glad to launch services to Chengdu, our fifth gateway to The Republic of China. Since our first flight 43 years ago, China has been a key market and it is now the largest per country market in our system. Using the geocentric location advantage of our hub in Addis Ababa we are connecting China, the world’s second largest economy and Africa’s biggest trade and investment partner, with 52 cities in the continent of Africa. With the addition of Chengdu, we shall offer the best and fastest connectivity options with a total of 34 weekly flights to China, operated with the latest and most comfortable B787 and B777 aircraft. Our Chinese customers will also enjoy seamless connection on Ethiopian vast intra African network and farther to São Paulo in Brazil.”Ethiopian is investing to make Addis Ababa a Chinese friendly hub airport for the continent. We now have Mandarin translators and signage available at the airport transit area and in the Cloud Nine Business Class Lounge. Chinese New Year is also marked every year at Addis Abba Airport.Ethiopian was the first African carrier and the fourth in the world to fly to China back in 1973. In addition to the three weekly flights to Chengdu to be launched in June, Ethiopian currently operates daily nonstop flights to Beijing, 10 weekly nonstop to Guangzhou, and 6 weekly nonstop to Hong Kong.About Ethiopian Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787,Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, and Bombardier Q-400 double cabin. Ethiopian was the first airline in Africa to own and operate each of these aircraft.Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers:Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average annual growth of 25% in the past seven years.
Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact It’s no secret pure speed is Nelson’s greatest selling point. At 5-foot-10 and 156 pounds he’s certainly slight of build, but that did not stop him from piling up impressive numbers while a UAB Blazer.He finished college tied for fifth all-time at UAB with 116 receptions, and ranked third in receiving yardage at 2,273. He averaged 19.6 yards per catch, and his 20 receiving touchdowns are tied for third-most in school history.But it’s his kick return skills that really jump off the page, as he averaged 38.7 yards per return and took four back for touchdowns in 2014.Nelson said returning was the focus in his first meeting with the Cardinals, and is confident he will be pretty good in that role.However, he wants to be more than just a return specialist.“I feel like I see myself as a kick returner as well as a receiver, because with my speed, I have the ability to go out and blow the top off of the defense,” he said. “There is a lot of stuff I need to clean up, my route running and catching the ball cleaner than I do.“I also feel like I’m really a dynamic receiver. I pretty much proved that at UAB. I feel like coming to Arizona that hopefully I can be able to compete for a wide receiver job as well as a special teams guy.” The precedent was set last year when 5-foot-10 speedster John Brown went from being a third-round pick by the Cardinals to one of the team’s most dynamic players. Perhaps it should come as no surprise, then, that Nelson compares himself to Brown and Washington receiver DeSean Jackson, who is also slight of build but very, very fast. “They go out every day undersized, but they don’t let any of that matter,” Nelson said. “They go out and do what they have to do and help their team be successful.” However, Nelson said he is trying to get bigger and stronger, adding that he would like to get up to at least 165 pounds, but ideally closer to 175 before the season begins. He feels like the extra weight would not hurt his speed at all, but instead help his explosiveness and power. A little more weight, he said, will help him out in the long run.And with Nelson, running is really what it’s all about. It’s why the Cardinals drafted him, and it will be why he sticks in the league. He’s certainly going to the right team, one with a need at returner but an offense that gets the most out of smaller, faster wideouts.Arizona is a team Nelson had his eye on, a place the Midfield, Alabama native was going to consider if he went through the weekend without being selected. Of course, it’s more fun actually being drafted. Comments Share TEMPE, Ariz. — What J.J. Nelson lacks in speed he more than makes up for in…ummm…no, wait. He doesn’t lack for speed. At all.Nelson was clocked at 4.28 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, the fastest time of anyone in Indianapolis.“I ran a 4.28 at the combine, but I think I’m way faster than that,” Nelson said after the Arizona Cardinals selected him in the fifth-round of the 2015 NFL Draft, 159th overall. “It was 4.28, but I know I can get way lower than 4.28.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “It was great,” he said of how he felt when he got the call. “A guy like me, coming from where I’m coming from, it really didn’t matter what round I went to. Just to go through this whole process and being able to get drafted to a great franchise like the Arizona Cardinals, it was really and truly a blessing. “Words can’t describe it. My family is happy for me; everyone in the city of Birmingham is just so happy for me right now,” he said. “I feel like everything planned out perfect. God had a plan for me.” – / 44 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires