Africa Middle East Ethiopian Airlines to launch N.Y. flights in June By Dorine Reinstein / February 26, 2016 Share 1 -- Ethiopian Airlines said it is launching direct service to New York’s Kennedy Airport by the end of June. Flights will depart from Addis Ababa on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings and will return from New York to Addis Ababa on those evenings. It will make an intermediate stop in Lome, Togo, in both directions. The airline will deploy a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route. The aircraft is configured with 24 business class and 246 economy seats, all of which are equipped with on-demand video monitors featuring a variety of entertainment options. Passengers from New York will enjoy faster flight options to a variety of cities with this new flight. Besides the three weekly one-stop flights between New York and Addis Ababa, there will be connectivity beyond Addis Ababa to and from major economic and tourist destinations in East, Southern and Central Africa. The new route will also offer connectivity between New York and many cities in West Africa with Ethiopian’s partner Asky Airlines, via Lome.