Not only Ethiopian Airlines is the leading airlines in the civil aviation industry but also it serves as the national flag carrier of Ethiopia. In existence for more than 65 years, the carrier is one of the top-ranked airlines in the country, owing to its consistent efforts. The efficiency and operational success of the airline is unsurpassed in all of Africa and it has been generating profits ever since its inception. The airline owes its success to the modern aircrafts, courteous staff and excellent hospitality services. Out of the total flight volume to and from Africa, Ethiopian Airlines flights are the most frequent ones. The carrier covers over 73 destinations around the world in its schedule with the support of its impressive fleet. The airline offers air tickets at low air fare that can be purchased from anywhere in the world using the online booking facility. Ethiopian Airlines has a continuous fleet modernisation program in place that ensures that the outdated aircrafts are constantly being replaced by new and technologically advanced aircrafts. The airline is also conscious about selecting eco-friendly aircrafts and recently added five 777-200LRs, eight Q400s and single 737 Boeing Sky Interior in its fleet. Ethiopian Airlines also is also active in various social initiatives in the field of health, education, sports, art and culture, among others.less
Ethiopian Airlines flights cover a large number of destinations in regions like Africa, Asia, Middle-East, Europe and America. Passengers can book air tickets for any flight from the schedule of Ethiopian Airlines using the online booking service. With superb hospitality and reasonable air fare, the carrier has become the favourite of passengers in Africa in considerably less period. In Africa, the airline flies to countries like Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Somalia, Egypt and Senegal, to name a few. There are flights to the destinations like Tel Aviv, Bangkok, Beijing, Demmam, Hong Kong, Kuwait and Riyadh. The national flag carrier of Ethiopia also flies to American destinations, such as Brazil, Canada and USA. In Asia, Ethiopian Airlines flies to Thailand, China, India, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Philippines. Europe is also on the radar of the carrier with flights to Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and France, to list a few. In Ethiopia, the airline connects cities like Addis Ababa, Arba Minch, Assosa, Axum, Bahar Dar, Shire and Shilavo, to list a few. With such a comprehensive route network, both globally and domestically, Ethiopian Airlines has become one of the preferred airlines in the country.Less
Ethiopian Airlines has one of the most extensive fleet among pan-Asian carriers, comprising 54 next generation aircrafts as of today. The current fleet of the airlines majorly comprises five Boeing 777-200LRs, four Boeing 787-Dreamliners, 13 Boeing 767-300s, four Boeing 757-200s, two Boeing 777-200Fs, eight Boeing 737-700s and eight Boeing 737-800s. In addition to the Boeing family, nine Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft are also a part of the airline’s fleet. In order to expand its routes, the airline has placed an order of 41 new aircrafts comprising Airbus A350-900s, Boeing 787-Dreamliners, Boeing 737-800s, Freighter 777-200Fs, Boeing 777-300ERs, Freighter 777-200Fs and Bombardier Q400s.
Awards & Recognition
During the 65 years of its existence, Ethiopian Airlines has earned several awards for its outstanding services including African Airline of the Year in 2011-2012. Other accreditations won by the airlines are Airline of the Year in 2009 and 2010, Airline Reliability Performance Award in 2011 and 2012, and International Diamond Prize for Excellence in Quality in 2012.
Ethiopian Airlines History
Incorporated in December 1945, Ethiopian Airlines was originally owned by the government of Ethiopia but managed by America-based Trans World Airlines (TWA). The then Ethiopian Air Lines commenced its operations in April 1946 with a flight from Addis Ababa to Cairo via Asmara. Soon, the airlines had extended its services to several domestic and international destinations; however, the flights started plying on long-haul routes in the early 1950s. With the onset of 1960s, Ethiopian Airlines set up its headquarters at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. In 1963, the carrier inaugurated its first jet services operating the Addis Ababa–Nairobi route. The carrier changed its name to Ethiopian Airlines in 1965 and after the completion of its 25 years, in 1971, revised its management responsibilities. Over next three decades, Ethiopian focused on acquiring next generation aircrafts for its fleet. In December 2011, Ethiopian Airlines became the 28th member airline of the Star Alliance.