Now, here's a development that will interest hunters eyeing a hunt in Ethiopia. Seems the national airline of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Airlines, is going to start offering twice weekly direct flights from Washington-Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC to Addis Ababa next month. Until now, most passengers trying to reach Ethiopia from the US had to connect with Ethiopian Airlines, or other carriers, in one of several European capitals. The one-way flight time is 16 hours, which includes a one-hour refueling stop in Rome, using an Airbus or possibly a Boeing 767. As regard ticket prices, depending on the time of year (June through August being the high season), passengers can expect to pay from $1,100 up to $1,325 for the roundtrip flight from Washington. We got those figures from FANA Travel, one of the wholesale ticket agencies that is working with the airline.
Still on the subject of airlines, you may have heard rumors that KLM has embargoed the shipment of trophies worldwide, and that the embargo is rooted in anti-hunting sentiment. The truth is, the South African ports of Johannesburg and Capetown are not affected by the embargo. Further, according to the airline itself, trophy shipment has been discontinued simply because of paperwork problems that were causing them to lose money on this kind of cargo. They hope to resume trophy shipment at a future date.