Ethiopian Airlines plans to launch its first service to Atlanta this summer, with four flights weekly to the US city from mid-May.

The Star Alliance carrier already operates passenger flights to Chicago, Newark, New York-JFK and Washington-Dulles, and to Toronto in Canada, either directly or via intermediate stops in Africa or Europe.

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The airline plans to operate its Atlanta service, which is to launch on 16 May, from Addis Ababa via a stop in Dublin on the outbound leg and non-stop on the return.

Ethiopian chief executive Mesfin Tasew says: “We are truly delighted to open our sixth gateway in North America with the new flight to Atlanta. We have been connecting the US and Africa for 25 years now and the new service will help boost the investment, tourism, diplomatic and socio-economic bonds between the two regions.”

Cirium schedules data show no other carriers operate non-stop flights between Ethiopia and North America. Ethiopian will deploy Boeing 787-9 jets on the route, its website shows.