Ethiopian Airlines – The New Spirit Of Africa

It was in 1946, that Ethiopian Airlines started providing its outstanding services to the African people, and has continued to do so for close to 70 years. It was in the spirit of pan Africanism and Ethiopian Airlines’ commitment to bring African nations closer together that Ethiopian has sustained this service.

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Ethiopian currently serves 49 destinations in Africa and has the only daily and double-daily east west connection in the continent. Having accomplished its goal of “Bringing Africa Together,” Ethiopian has been working to connect Africa to the rest of the world with a fresh motto, Ethiopian -  “The New Spirit of Africa.”

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and most profitable airline in Africa, was ranked by IATA as the largest airline in Africa in revenue and profit in 2014. During operations in the past seven decades, Ethiopian has been a pioneer of African aviation as an aircraft technology leader providing the first jet service in the continent in 1962, availing the first African B767 in 1984, the first African B777-200LR in 2010 and the first African, and second only to Japan, B787 Dreamliner in 2012.


Soon after the delivery of the inaugural Dreamliner, dubbed “Africa First”, true to its motto and vision, Ethiopian deployed it primarily to rotating African destinations heralding an African renaissance and a new spirit for the continent. By so doing Ethiopian gave precedence for African passengers to enjoy cabin features such as less noise, the largest windows in the sky, higher ceilings, increased humidity and unique lighting on board the Ethiopian Dreamliner.

Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 83 international destinations across five continents covering Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and North America and South America. The Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200LR Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin.

Ethiopian was pleased to join the prestigious Star Alliance network, the most established and leading Airline Alliance, in December 2011. Through this membership, Ethiopian is able to provide its customers convenient, safe and secure global access, and a hassle-free service experience for customers. The Star Alliance membership enables Ethiopian to offer its customers’ connections to 1,316 airports in 192 countries and more than 18,500 daily departures with its fellow member airlines.

To provide a wider choice of destinations to travelers, Ethiopian has entered into code share agreements with several international airlines, namely; United Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Air Canada, Scandinavian Airlines, South African Airways, Turkish Airlines, Rwanda Air, Austrian Airlines, ASKY Airlines, Air China, Asiana Airlines, Mozambique Airlines, Air India, Egypt Air, Oman Air, Singapore Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines.

All our customers can utilise the geographic advantage that the Ethiopian main hub, Addis Ababa offers as it connects destinations to/from east, west, north and south.

A key strategic objective of Ethiopian is to have multiple hubs in Africa. Ethiopian has already established different hubs in Lomé (Togo) in partnership with ASKY Airlines and at Lilongwe, Malawi with Malawian Airlines. The objective with these airlines is to tap into the regional market and create hub-to-hub connections that enable these locations and Ethiopian to feed each other. Passengers from these hubs can take advantage of long haul non-stop flights offered by Ethiopian.

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Ethiopian’s performance and enhanced level of service has earned it multiple awards throughout its operations. Recently, Ethiopian was awarded as ‘Best Airline in Africa’ for the second time in a row from US based Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), ‘2014 Business Airlines of the Year –Africa’ by  Al Global Media Limited; ‘Best Airline to Africa’ by Appreciate Africa Network and African Achievers International; ‘Airline Training Services Provider of the Year’ by African Airline Association; ‘Best Airline Staff Service in Africa’ by SKYTRAX World Airline Award and "Airline Reliability Performance Award" from Bombardier Aerospace for the fourth year in a row.

Continuing its dedication to providing a world-class service, Ethiopian has formulated, and is implementing, a 15-year strategic roadmap, Vision 2025, to become the leading Aviation Group in Africa. At the end of the 15-year period, Ethiopian plans to become the leading Aviation Group in Africa, comprising of seven profit centers (Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline, Ethiopian International Passenger Airline, Ethiopian Cargo, Ethiopian MRO, Ethiopian Aviation Academy, Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services, Ethiopian Ground Services) with $10 billion in annual revenue and close to $1 billion in annual profit.

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Recognising Cargo as part of its core business, Ethiopian has established a state-of-the-art cargo terminal occupying an area of 14,000 square meters with a capacity to accommodate more than 350,000 tons of cargo per annum positioning Addis as a regional hub. Ethiopian has also inaugurated a second new ultra-modern perishable cargo Cold Storage facility covering a total area of 3700 square meters. It has a capacity to hold four aircraft cargo loads at one time. Ethiopian cargo provides extensive services to its customers in the export and import business. This is a pioneering endeavor by the airline to primarily encourage and promote Africa’s export business to the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The Ethiopian Aviation Academy has become a powerful resource for African aviation training. The Academy is committed to developing and providing a competent work force for Ethiopian Airlines in particular, and the Aviation industry in general. The academy runs concurrent training and development programs covering pilots, cabin crew, technicians and conducts comprehensive courses in marketing and leadership management. Currently the Academy trains 1000 aviation professionals per year. Thousands of overseas trainees, including pilots, from 49 countries around the world have attended training at the Academy.

The Ethiopian MRO business is recognised as one of the finest aircraft engine and components maintenance and overhaul centers in Africa and the Middle East, meeting the stringent approval standards of the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, the U.S. Federal Aviation  Administration (FAA license No.ETIY102F) European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA.145.04082) and the IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Award). Ethiopian MRO maintains complete aircraft engines, as well as offering component overhaul and repairs. The maintenance base provides a complete maintenance package for Boeing, Bombardier and Fokker aircraft. With a professionally qualified team the MRO base maintains a strong reputation for safety.

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Ethiopian’s Catering Service provides in-flight catering and support services for more than 130 daily departing flights from Addis Ababa. The unit has the capacity to produce more than 15,000 meals per day from its modern and well-equipped catering facility. In addition, the unit offers catering services and on-board duty free sales to other third party customers, for both scheduled and unscheduled flights from Addis Ababa as well as for customer airlines, other VIP and charter flights, which often shuttle to and from Addis Ababa. 

Ethiopian International Services oversees the support and administration of the sales and service team in the field offices to offer the best possible services to customers. It also implements customer-focused schedules, products, pricing and promotions. This unit is complemented by Ethiopian Ground Services which provides a comprehensive range of ground handling services to international and regional passenger services, cargo support for Ethiopian Airlines and other scheduled and ad-hoc customer airlines. Ethiopian Ground Services provides quality service and aims to satisfy its customers at all times. 

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