Ethiopian Airlines was established on December 21, 1945 and launched its first operations on April 8, 1946. It is the flag carrier of Ethiopia and is one of the largest and most prominent African airlines. Its headquarters is located in Addis Ababa and Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is the main operational site. Ethiopian Airlines is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a membership in Star Alliance, and a member of African Airlines Association (AFRAA).
Today, Ethiopian Airlines operates more than 253 daily flights to 20 domestic destinations and 106 international destinations across 61 countries around the world. It carries more than 7 million passengers a year, through a fleet of about 92 modern aircraft.
In line with its 2025 ambitious and strategic plan, Ethiopian Airlines seeks to be the leading airline all over the African continent.
Ethiopian Airlines has signed codeshare agreements with a number of airlines. These agreements enable Ethiopian Airlines to fly to diverse destinations around the world. The list below shows Ethiopian Airlines’ major codeshare partners:
Ethiopian Airlines offers two classes of tickets for traveling:
(Cloud Nine): The passengers enjoy distinctive on-ground and in-flight amenities. For instance, they are privileged to have access to waiting lounges in some airports. The lounges provide a relaxing atmosphere to follow up business tasks. In-flight amenities on Business class cabin includes adjustable seats to ensure a relaxing posture, suitable light and in-seat power outlets to recharge electronic devices. Further, Business class passengers enjoy watching a collection of entertainment programs displayed on individual screens for every passenger. The entertainment materials include the latest movies, TV shows, music, games and audio materials. The passengers also are offered complimentary delicious meals and beverages.
The seats are comfortable and flexible to relax or sleep during flights. Further, they are offered yummy meals and drinks cost-free.
(Cloud Nine): The passengers are allowed to check-in two pieces, each weighing up to 32 kgs each, or three bags each one weighing 23 kg. Also, the passengers are allowed hand luggage of two bags up to 7 kgs each and another laptop bag.
The passengers are allowed a free checked baggage of two pieces weighing up to 23 kgs each, plus a single 7 kgs bag and a laptop bag to be carried to the passengers’ cabin.
Ethiopian Airlines’ baggage policy may vary sometimes depending on the final destinations, so it is advisable to review the baggage allowance during the booking process.
Onboard the Ethiopian Airlines, the passengers can purchase the latest products from a wide variety of duty-free products at a big discount.
Ethiopian Airlines seeks to offer travel services to every individual. To do so, it provides utmost care to individuals with special needs including but not limited to physically challenged individuals, individuals who have short-sight, elderly, minors and pregnant women to facilitate their travel and enjoy traveling with Ethiopian Airlines. Special care services are subject to a set of regulations and interested passengers might need to review them during the booking process to make the best use of it.
Ethiopian Airlines provides Business Class passengers and premium members of ShebaMiles access to waiting lounges in Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and lounges of partner airlines of Star Alliance in international airports around the world. The passengers are privileged to a spend wonderful time and enjoy the lavish services provided. The lounges provide quiet venues to carry out business activities or relax and it offers the passengers diverse cuisine from around the world, TV screens, newspapers, magazines, power sockets for charging electronic devices and flight monitors just to name a few.
Ethiopian Airlines offers each online booking. During the booking procedures, the passengers can pre-select their preferred seats. They can also check-in through Ethiopian Airlines’ website at the time of travel. Boarding passes are available online for confirmed bookings 36 to 2 hours prior to the scheduled departure time of the flight.
Passengers can also check-in by approaching Ethiopian Airlines’ counters at airports 4 or 2 hours prior to scheduled departure time of the flight.
Ethiopian Airlines was founded on December 21st.
Ethiopian Airlines commenced its first operation on 8th April.
Ethiopian Airlines launched an aviation training project, with the assistance of the US Government. The aim of the project was to train Ethiopian pilots, technicians, and supervisors. Ethiopian Airlines also established its own aircraft maintenance center, to cut costs of out-of-home maintenance. Afterward, the center grew to offer aircraft maintenance for other airlines in the region.
Ethiopian Airlines launched a 13 hour and a half journey from New York to Addis Ababa achieving a world record on June 1st.
Ethiopian Airlines established a special cargo division to enhance the airline’s cargo services.
Ethiopian Airlines signed partnership agreements with Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines, and other international airlines.
Ethiopian Airlines joined Star Alliance as the third African airline to join the alliance on December 13th.
Ethiopian Airlines received its first Boeing 787 (Dreamliner) on August 14th.
Ethiopian Airlines became the strategic partner of the new Malawian Airlines with a 49% stake.
The World Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Ethiopian Airlines became the largest African carrier in terms of revenues and profit.
Ethiopian Airlines made profit more than all other African airlines combined, becoming the most thriving African airline in two consecutive years.