Ethiopian Airlines

As flag carrier of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Airlines has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in Africa for efficiency and operational success, turning profits for most years of its existence.

Ethiopian Airlines was established on December 21, 1945. As one of the pioneer African Airlines, Ethiopian has come a long way since its humble beginning, with DC-3/C-47 aircraft. Operating at the forefront of technology, it has now become one of Ethiopia’s major industries and a veritable institution in Africa, operating a modern and environmental friendly fleet. It commands a lion’s share of the pan African network including the only daily east-west flight across the continent.

The airline is currently implementing its 15-year strategic plan called "Vision 2025" with the goal of becoming the leading aviation group in Africa. Beyond the passenger airline business, the Aviation Group is diversifying into seven profit centers with ten billion dollars in revenue. The profit centers of the Ethiopian Aviation Group are: Ethiopian International, Ethiopian Regional, Ethiopian Cargo Services, Ethiopian MRO Services, Ethiopian Aviation Academy, Ethiopian Catering Services and Ethiopian Ground Services.

During the period 2011-12 Ethiopian carried 4.6 million passengers, successfully competing with other airlines with respect to modern equipment, convenience of connections, and quality of service. Its green, yellow and red emblem is recognized almost everywhere as the symbol of the Ethiopian flag carrier. Ethiopian is proud to be a Star Alliance Member since December 2011.

Network coverage and Fleet modernization

Ethiopian network coverage spans to Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Middle East and Asia. The combination of a modern fleet and a developed network of connections to major cities across the globe are strong assets of Ethiopian. Ethiopian reaches to 79 international destinations and 18 within Ethiopia.

Ethiopian operates ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, B777-200LR, B767-300, B777-300ER, B737-800W, B737-700NG, B777-200/260 Freighters and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. Ethiopian customers will enjoy an innovative new interior environment, wider seats and aisles, larger windows and greatly improved overall flying experience. To heighten customer’s comfort onboard, Ethiopian will complement the future with 32 ultra-modern fleet of which Airbus A350-900, Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 737-800, 777-300 and 777-200F are included.

In addition to the 8 Boeing 787s on order, Ethiopian will complement the future fleet with 14 Airbus A350-900s and additional 4 Boeing 737-800s with Sky Interior.


  • "Africa’s Best Business Class Airline" from Best Travel Media on December 18, 2013
  • "African Airline of the Year Award 2013" from the African Airlines Association on November 25, 2013
  • "Ethiopian CEO won 2013 Planet Africa Professional Excellence Award" from Planet Africa Awards on 2 November 2013
  • "African Airline of the Year Award" from Pan-African Award Committee on October 27, 2013
  • "Best Cabin Crew in Africa" from Pan-African Award Committee on October 27, 2013
  • "African Business of the Year 2013" from African Business Awards on September 20, 2013
  • "Best Regional Airline" from Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) on September 9, 2013
  • "Ethiopian CEO Wins 2013 Airline strategy Award for Regional leadership" from Airline Business Magazine on July 14, 2013
  • "SKYTRAX World Airline Award for Best Airline Staff Service in Africa’ from SKYTRAX on June 18, 2013
  • "Airline Reliability Performance Award" from Bombardier on April, 2012
  • "African Airline of the Year 2011/2012 Awards" on February, 2012
  • "Awarded As Airline of The Year for 2010" on November, 2011
  • "Airline Reliability Performance Award" from Bombardier in 2011.
  • "Deal of the Year 2010 Award" awarded by Air Finance Journal in 2011.
  • "The African Cargo Airline of the Year Award" by STAT times in 2011.
  • "The NEPAD Transport Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2009" by NEPAD on November, 2009
  • "Airlines of the year 2009" Award, organized by the London-based African Business Journal on July, 2009

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