Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 100 international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents. To book your flight, click here >> Ethiopian Airline Booking
It also has codeshare agreements with 20 other carriers. The airline flies to about 20 domestic destinations and more than 90 international cities in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, North America, and South America.
Ethiopian Airlines History
Ethiopian Airlines (ET) was founded in 1945 and is the nation of Ethiopia’s flag carrier. The airline is completely government owned. It is headquartered in Addis Ababa and operates from a hub at the city’s Bole International Airport (ADD). Ethiopian Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance.
Founded in December 1945, Ethiopian Airlines (IATA: ET) is the flag carrier airline of Ethiopia. Headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the airline is a key export brand for the country. It is wholly owned by the Ethiopian Government, and commenced operations in 1946.
Today, the airline boasts a fleet of 77 aircraft, and flies to over 100 passenger destinations and 23 cargo destinations worldwide. The airline flies to more destinations in Africa than any other carrier. It became a member of the Star Alliance in 2011, and is one of the few profitable airlines in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Ethiopian Airlines Fleet
The airline’s fleet consists of modern Airbus, Boeing, and Bombardier aircraft, most of which are configured with Business Class (branded as Cloud Nine) and Economy Class cabins.
Ethiopian Airline’s fleet is constantly adapting and changing but currently includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.
Ethiopian Airlines Awards
Ethiopia’s leading airline service, Ethiopian Airlines, boasts many awards and honors since it was founded in 1945.
A few of the awards the airline won in 2014 include the Passenger Choice Awards “Best Airline in Africa”, Bombardier Aerospace’s “Airline Reliability Performance Award”, and MICE Magazine’s “Best Airline of the Year Award.” Book a cheap Ethiopian Airlines flight with the airline voted “Airline Training Services Provider of the Year” in 2014 by the African Airlines Association.
Ethiopian Airlines specializes in reliable cargo transport, safe passenger transport, aviation training, flight catering, maintenance repair and overhaul, ground services and domestic and regional services. Ethiopian Airline Aviation Academy provides training for pilots, aircraft technicians, cabin crew, finance staff and marketing and sales.
Ethiopian Airlines Frequent Flyer Miles Programme
Take advantage of Ethiopian Airlines frequent flyer programme, ShebaMiles, and earn points every time you fly Ethiopian Airlines Domestic and International flights.
This award program is FREE to join and allows passengers to accumulate miles, which entitles members to special award tickets, award upgrades, access to executive lounges, free baggage allowances and much more. Book a cheap Ethiopian Airlines flight to Doha and start accumulating miles towards great rewards today!
Ethiopian Airlines has a frequent flyer program called ShebaMiles to reward regular travelers. There are three various membership Tiers including Blue Membership Card, Silver Membership Card and Gold Membership Card. In addition, ShebaMiles cardholders with Gold or Silver status can make use of the Sheba Miles Lounge facilities.
Ethiopian Airlines Flight Routes and Destinations
As of late 2014, Ethiopian Airlines flies to over 80 international destinations and 20 domestic ones. The airline counts 13 cities in Europe and the Americas, and over 20 in the Middle East and Asia among its key destinations.
Additional, Ethiopian also flies to Abuja, Kaduna Accra, Entebbe, Frankfurt, Harare, Kilimanjaro, Lagos, London, Lusaka, Maputo, Mombasa, Mumbai and Rome. As of January 2015, the airline will be adding three weekly flights from Cape Town to its existing Johannesburg to Addis Ababa route.
The airline’s five highest volume air routes are from Addis Ababa to Johannesburg, Dubai, Guangzhou, Nairobi and Beijing, respectively. During 2012 the airline revealed that it had ambitions to grow its market share in Latin America, yet no timelines were provided for this route expansion project.
Ethiopian Airlines flies to and from Kaduna International Airport (KAD). Book your cheap flights to London, Nairobi, Bangkok, New York and other exciting places!
Popular flights routes with Ethiopian Airlines are from Lagos to London, Abuja to Dubai, Abuja to London, Abuja to Johannesburg and from Lagos to Accra.
Ethiopian Airlines Baggage Allowance
Your free baggage allowance depends on your destination and flight class. For most flights, the free allowance is set as follows:
- Cloud Nine (Business): 3 pieces, 23 kg each.
- Economy: 2 pieces, 23 kg each.
Infant: 1 piece, 10 kg (dimensions sum not exceeding 115 cm) plus one fully collapsible stroller/push chair.
Hand Baggage / Luggage Allowance
- Cloud Nine (Business): 2 pieces, 8 kg each.
- Economy: 1 piece, 7kg.
- Personal items like a laptop, purse, books or camera, are free to carry.
- Each single item of checked-in baggage shall not exceed 158 cm.
- Baggage allowance may change when flying on Codeshare or Interline partner flights.
Ethiopian Airlines Online Check In
Airport Check-in counters:
These are available three hours before departure and close one hour before lift-off. For ease of flow, passengers are requested to report to the airport’s check-in counter at least three hours prior to departure time.
For your comfort, you can use the Ethiopian Airlines online check-in portal from 48 hours to two hours before departure of your international flight.
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Tracking
Ethiopian airlines cargo tracking can be done through the link below:
Ethiopian Airlines In-flight Entertainment
On certain flights passengers have access to inflight entertainment selection on the screens built into the seat in front of them.
Ethiopian Airlines offers TV programs certain aircraft to help passengers pass the time during their flight.
Ethiopian Airlines provides movies for passengers to enjoy on certain long-haul aircraft.
Ethiopian Airlines Fare Classes
Ethiopian Airlines offers multiple class fares: Economy, and Business.
Ethiopian Airlines Economy Class
Ethiopian Airlines Economy Class is full of comfort, warm hospitality and service with a smile.
Economy Class Facilities
Before flying, relax in the exclusive Cloud Nine lounge. On-board, facilities provided in Economy class include light snacks or hot meals on all flights with a range of alcoholic beverages and wine. Every passenger can enjoy the Ethiopian cuisines provided on all flight routes. Children meals are also available.
In-flight entertainment is available with music, documentaries and films.
Economy Class Seating
Comfortable seating is provided in Economy Class with entertainment included. Most seating on the Boeing aircraftis 33 inches by 17 inches.
Ethiopian Airlines Business Class
Business Studios are available on the A380 and 787 Dreamliners, focused on providing a luxurious experience.
“Cloud Nine” is the name of Ethiopian Airlines Business Class fare
Business Class Facilities
In-flight, relax with personal mood-lighting and a massage function, all provided at the touch of a button. Wi-Fi connectivity is provided, as well as touch screen/high definition TV’s, with noise cancelling headphones, and a Dine anytime menu.
The amenity kit includes two exclusive Colonia products. The A380 Upper Deck also provides a boutique hotel inspired Lobby space.
Business Class Seating
The Business Studios have a unique design, with forward and rear facing seats, aimed at offering increased personal space.
There are two seating options available, depending on the airplane body. On narrow body aircraft, Business Seats offer a generous recline as well as ample legroom. On wide-bodied aircraft, Business flatbed seats recline into a fully-flat bed, with full size comforters and pillows, back support, and adjustable headrest and cushion firmness!
Ethiopian Airlines Food
Meals are inspired by traditional Ethiopian cuisine, from the traditional national dish ‘Injera be wot’ to ‘Teff’ bread, made with the highest quality and freshest ingredients.
In economy class, passengers are given complimentary meals from a light snack to a hot meal, depending on the time and duration of your flight.
In ‘Cloud Nine cabin, passenger are given a variety of meals, dependent on the duration and departure time of your flight. These are served with fresh fruit, cheese plate, Ethiopian ‘Teff’ bread and a choice of deserts.
Special Dietary Requirements
Ethiopian don’t provide any set special meals, however, if you require a special meal such as a vegan or vegetarian meal, gluten free meal or Kosher meal, contact the airline direct to see what they can do to accommodate you.
Drinks & Alcohol
Passengers can enjoy a selection of drinks on board their Ethiopian Airlines flight, either to accompany their meal or as an aperitif. The selection of drinks include items such as soft drinks, beers and wine.
Ethiopian Airlines Flight Schedule
Check your Ethiopian airlines flight schedule below: