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by hereI'm
Ethiopia orders 17 new Boeing and Airbus

By Tesfa-alem Tekle

July 30, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) — Ethiopian Airlines announced plans to purchase 17 new aircrafts from the Boeing and Airbus companies with a $4.2 billion deal, marking the flag carrier, the first African airline to order and operate the ultra long range 777-200LR model.

The airline in a statement on Tuesday said that it has placed an order for five B777-200LR Boeing aircrafts from the Boeing Company and twelve A350-900s from Airbus.

Ethiopia’s latest announcement for the purchase of five Boeing aircrafts comes after the chief executive officer of Ethiopian Airlines; Girma Wake signed an agreement with Boeing’s Sales Director for the Middle East and Africa, Skip H. Thompson.

Last week, the flag carrier has also signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus to acquire 12 A350-900s aircrafts. The order for the five B777-200LRs will cost the Ethiopian airlines US$1.3 billion and US$2.9 billion for the twelve A350-900s.

The B777-200LRs will be delivered begin in October, 2010 while the A 350 -900s will be received in 2017.

"The Boeing 777 will be integral as we bring our business to the next level" Girma Wake said, adding this order reinforces the deep ties between our two companies.

"The new purchase of aircraft from Boeing and Airbus is made in line with Ethiopia’s fast growth strategy in which it is predicated that the fleet size would significantly increase in the next ten to fifteen years" Girma said.

The order is one of the largest-ever by an African airline, and comes amid a broad slump in business for the world’s top airline companies.

Ethiopian currently operates an all-Boeing jet fleet of 29 aircraft and was the regional launch customer for the 787. It has been forced to lease alternatives and delay expansion as the 787 schedule has slipped.

The airline has developed a strong regional network to position Addis Ababa as a base to feed long-haul traffic into Africa, competing with fast-growing Middle East carriers such as Emirates Airline.

Net profits rose 9% to 515 million birr in the six months to December 31, the latest data available, with operating revenue up 55% at 6.7 billion birr. It carried 1.5 million passengers during the period, with freight more than doubling to 55,000 tons. In the year to June 30, 2008 it made a net profit of 507 million birr.

Ethiopian airlines is widely regarded as one of the best-run airlines in Africa. It serves over 50 destinations worldwide and over 35 destinations within Ethiopia.

(ST)
http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090728-721469.html
http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article31980

  • huh? Ethiopia has billions to buy planes in these difficult time, but with abject poverty?
    - briker, 5 years ago
  • :lol: one word: corruption.
    - martinx, 5 years ago
  • huh? Ethiopia has billions to buy planes in these difficult time, but with abject poverty?

    :lol: one word: corruption.

    :ohno::ohno: u guys why don't u see the positive part ! i think the next post will makes fill ashamed of ur comment , and will answer why the new investment is needed !:ohno::ohno:
    - hereI'm, 5 years ago
  • Ethiopian Airlines 08/09 net profit leaps 165 pct


    * Net profits rise 165.3 percent

    * Operating revenue up 32.8 percent

    * Cargo up 38.4 percent, passengers up 12.3 percent

    By Tsegaye Tadesse

    ADDIS ABABA, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Ethiopian Airlines [ETHA.UL] said on Friday that its full year net profit more than doubled to 1.3 billion birr ($118.6 million) from the previous year due to an aggressive marketing campaign and major cost cuts.

    The African carrier's operating revenue for the year to June rose 32.8 percent to 12.2 billion birr, Chief Executive Girma Wake said. Passenger numbers rose 12.3 percent to 2.8 million, while cargo increased 38.4 percent compared with the previous year.

    "Our profits increased due to an aggressive marketing campaign and a major cost-cutting effort," a spokeswoman for the airline told Reuters. "We introduced seven new routes which also contributed to our growth, including routes to Saudi Arabia and Nigeria."

    In 2007/08, it had made a net profit of 507 million birr.

    Wake told a news conference that said Ethiopian Airlines had placed orders for five 777-200 LR (long range) planes made by Boeing (BA.N), twelve 350-900s from EADS's (EAD.PA) Airbus unit and eight Q400 turboprops from Bombardier, at a total cost of $4.5 billion.

    He said the airline had paid down payments for all the aircraft on order and planned to take out loans from European and the U.S. banks to pay for the balance.

    Boeing is due to deliver the planes by 2010, while the aircraft are expected to be received by 2017, Girma said. ($1=11.340 Ethiopian Birr) (Additional reporting by Barry Malone; editing by Daniel Wallis and Karen Foster)
    - hereI'm, 5 years ago
  • Very good news from Ethiopian Airlines, it really is one of the fastest growing airlines in Africa. They have huge development plans and they will quickly be one of the leading airlines in africa, well done :)
    - egypt69, 5 years ago
  • huh? Ethiopia has billions to buy planes in these difficult time, but with abject poverty?

    exactly,
    - BUTEMBO21, 4 years ago
  • Ethiopia is measuring more than 1 million square kilometers and counting more than 80 million people, thus it is a country where air links are vital to the national infrastructure. In addition, Ethiopian Airlines is one of Africa’s most successful airlines and is providing vital passenger and cargo services for the whole region.

    Sounds like a great investment to me!

    Of all places, I am really surprised that people here are playing the poverty card and belittle the fact that a country is trying to move on.
    - Mercutio, 4 years ago
  • Ethiopia orders 17 new Boeing and Airbus

    By Tesfa-alem Tekle

    July 30, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) — Ethiopian Airlines announced plans to purchase 17 new aircrafts from the Boeing and Airbus companies with a $4.2 billion deal, marking the flag carrier, the first African airline to order and operate the ultra long range 777-200LR model.

    The airline in a statement on Tuesday said that it has placed an order for five B777-200LR Boeing aircrafts from the Boeing Company and twelve A350-900s from Airbus.

    Ethiopia’s latest announcement for the purchase of five Boeing aircrafts comes after the chief executive officer of Ethiopian Airlines; Girma Wake signed an agreement with Boeing’s Sales Director for the Middle East and Africa, Skip H. Thompson.

    Last week, the flag carrier has also signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus to acquire 12 A350-900s aircrafts. The order for the five B777-200LRs will cost the Ethiopian airlines US$1.3 billion and US$2.9 billion for the twelve A350-900s.

    The B777-200LRs will be delivered begin in October, 2010 while the A 350 -900s will be received in 2017.

    "The Boeing 777 will be integral as we bring our business to the next level" Girma Wake said, adding this order reinforces the deep ties between our two companies.

    "The new purchase of aircraft from Boeing and Airbus is made in line with Ethiopia’s fast growth strategy in which it is predicated that the fleet size would significantly increase in the next ten to fifteen years" Girma said.

    The order is one of the largest-ever by an African airline, and comes amid a broad slump in business for the world’s top airline companies.

    Ethiopian currently operates an all-Boeing jet fleet of 29 aircraft and was the regional launch customer for the 787. It has been forced to lease alternatives and delay expansion as the 787 schedule has slipped.

    The airline has developed a strong regional network to position Addis Ababa as a base to feed long-haul traffic into Africa, competing with fast-growing Middle East carriers such as Emirates Airline.

    Net profits rose 9% to 515 million birr in the six months to December 31, the latest data available, with operating revenue up 55% at 6.7 billion birr. It carried 1.5 million passengers during the period, with freight more than doubling to 55,000 tons. In the year to June 30, 2008 it made a net profit of 507 million birr.

    Ethiopian airlines is widely regarded as one of the best-run airlines in Africa. It serves over 50 destinations worldwide and over 35 destinations within Ethiopia.

    (ST)
    http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090728-721469.html
    http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article31980


    I think the info is not very accurate-For Your information, Kenya Airways has been operating a number of the Boeing 777 for a few years Now (it was the first Airline in Africa to Operate 777 familly of Jets and will be buying more) Although it is a slightly different variant with a small difference in range....KQ's 777 are Extended Range (Boeing 777 200-ER)...

    Overall..its good seeing progress in Africa by Africans.
    - mkenya, 4 years ago
  • huh? Ethiopia has billions to buy planes in these difficult time, but with abject poverty?

    Well...its the priority now..business first.

    1777777777777777777777777777777777777777777

    Not 7
    - charles4u, 3 years ago
  • I think the info is not very accurate-For Your information, Kenya Airways has been operating a number of the Boeing 777 for a few years Now (it was the first Airline in Africa to Operate 777 familly of Jets and will be buying more) Although it is a slightly different variant with a small difference in range....KQ's 777 are Extended Range (Boeing 777 200-ER)...

    Overall..its good seeing progress in Africa by Africans.

    u r misunderstanding , Kenyan Airways use Boeing 777-200ER ok but Ethiopian Airline order Boeing 777-200LR,that's y they call it the first airline in Africa that use Boeing 777-200LR not Boeing 777 in general .
    u can see the difference between the two version of 777-200ER and 777-200LR.
    here is the link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_777
    - hereI'm, 3 years ago
  • The Ethiopian Airlines plane order is good news. Seattle & Addis have strong ties thru the local Ethiopian community. Over the years, quite a few Ethiopians & other East Africans have worked on Boeing's assembly lines, helping to produce these jetliners over the years.

    Soccer to reunite Ethiopians who fled strife in homeland - 20,000 from North America to converge here
    Seattle Times, The (WA) - Sunday, June 27, 2004
    Author: Doug Merlino: Seattle Times staff reporter

    Soccer has done much for Teshome Beyene. It helped him escape Ethiopia in 1987, when, as a member of the national youth team, he defected from the communist country after a match in Egypt.

    The game also has helped him fit in here in Seattle , where he was a star at Shoreline Community College and has been captain of the Seattle Dashen — a local amateur team made up almost entirely of Ethiopian immigrants — for most of the last 15 years.

    And this weekend, the game will reunite him with old friends: Some 20,000 other Ethiopians from across North America are expected to converge on Seattle for a soccer and cultural blowout.

    The party kicks off today in Qwest Field (formerly called Seahawks Stadium) with an opening ceremony at 9 p.m. Soccer games start earlier, at 11 a.m., and will last late into the night. Vendors will be selling all things Ethiopian .

    Around 600 soccer players from 25 teams will take part, representing cities such as Washington, D.C., Houston and Toronto.

    Beyond soccer, the 21st annual weeklong revelry — held in Seattle once before, in 1991 — is a major happening for the half-million or so Ethiopians now living in the United States.

    "It's a huge mecca for Ethiopians in the diaspora," said Bisrat Desta, a local organizer of the tournament, which is put on by the Ethiopian Sports Federation in North America. "It's a place where you can find lost friends, people you grew up with and didn't even think were still alive."

    For Beyene, one of an estimated 15,000 to 25,000 Ethiopians living in the Puget Sound area, the tournament offers a chance to catch up with — and compete against — the nine other players from his youth soccer team who defected with him and gained political asylum in the United States.

    "Three of us came to Seattle , four went to Las Vegas, two to Chicago, and one to L.A.," said Beyene, 34, a photo technician. "Every year when we play we see each other."

    Some of the Ethiopian visitors, who've booked about 500 rooms at the Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport, will cheer on their soccer clubs, cruise on Elliott Bay, crowd into Ethiopian restaurants and party at nightclubs. The week wraps up on Saturday with an all-night bash for an expected 5,000 people in the exhibition center at Qwest Field.

    The tournament, which will cost about $250,000 to put on, reflects the growing numbers and financial clout of Ethiopians in the Seattle area. Most local Ethiopians have arrived in the last 15 years, after the United States began granting visas in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Seattle welcomed the first immigrants, Desta said, and the word spread.

    "Those that settled here attracted their friends and relatives," Desta said. "A lot of Ethiopians feel comfortable here."

    Desta estimated that this week's visitors will bring $2 million to the local economy, with car rentals, hotel and entertainment expenses.

    At Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant on East Cherry Street, manager Genut Thilun said staff members are prepared for a bump in numbers.

    "We're ready for a mass of people," said Thilun, who is expecting relatives from Washington, D.C., and Ohio.

    Solomon Tadesse, Ethiopia's honorary consul general in Seattle , said Ethiopians have shown an entrepreneurial spirit. The immigrants have opened some 19 local restaurants, he said, and 400 to 500 are taxi drivers who own their own vehicles.

    Tadesse said that during the tournament he will try to tap into the swelling pocketbooks of Ethiopians by hosting a panel at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center with ministers from Ethiopia and the Ethiopian ambassador to the United States, Kassahun Ayele .

    "We're trying to take advantage of having so many Ethiopians in town, to talk about Ethiopians investing back in Ethiopia," Tadesse said, noting that business ties to the Seattle area include a recent Ethiopian Airlines purchase of 12 Boeing jets.

    Tadesse said the mere existence of his job shows the importance of the Seattle area to Ethiopians : The only other honorary Ethiopian consulate in the country is in Houston, he said.

    On Thursday, Seattle team Dashen — named for the tallest mountain in Ethiopia — had a final tune-up on the practice fields at Ingraham High. As players in bright red and yellow practice jerseys hustled after the ball, Beyene — a short, wiry man with a shock of black hair sticking straight up off his head — yelled instructions in Amharic and English.

    "We're under a lot of pressure to do well," said Beyene, adding that many Ethiopians from around the country follow the Dashen.

    Will the Dashen please their fans this week at the tournament? Beyene — known to Ethiopian soccer fans as "Aspirin" for the soothing quality of his play — responded with a smile.

    "You'll see on Sunday."
    - bayviews, 3 years ago
  • :lol: one word: corruption.
    If you don't know what you're talking about (and you don't) then be quiet.

    Ethiopian Airlines has been one of Africa's best companies for decades. Even under the communist Derg, Ethiopian Airlines was noted for its technical, financial, and organizational skill.

    Aircraft from Africa and the Middle East go to Addis Ababa for servicing; and there is a reason why other African airlines send their people to Addis for training. Because the Ethiopians are good.

    As the articles indicate, Ethiopian is profitable and is growing well. Their current force of 767s will need replacing, and spending $4 billion over 10+ years is quite reasonable.

    Ethiopian Airlines is possibly the best run state owned corporation in Africa, and you try to accuse them of corruption. If that's the first thing that enters your mind then YOU have a problem.
    - Carver02, 3 years ago
  • huh? Ethiopia has billions to buy planes in these difficult time, but with abject poverty?
    These planes are being bough by Ethiopian Airlines. They are a corporation whose job it is to make money, and they are good at it. Airlines need new aircraft to continue to grow and prosper, and that's what they're doing.

    Leave it to you to see the worst in a great positive story.
    - Carver02, 3 years ago
  • Ethiopia is measuring more than 1 million square kilometers and counting more than 80 million people, thus it is a country where air links are vital to the national infrastructure. In addition, Ethiopian Airlines is one of Africa’s most successful airlines and is providing vital passenger and cargo services for the whole region.

    Sounds like a great investment to me!

    Of all places, I am really surprised that people here are playing the poverty card and belittle the fact that a country is trying to move on.

    Thank you!
    - Tarrex, 3 years ago
  • If you don't know what you're talking about (and you don't) then be quiet.

    Ethiopian Airlines has been one of Africa's best companies for decades. Even under the communist Derg, Ethiopian Airlines was noted for its technical, financial, and organizational skill.

    Aircraft from Africa and the Middle East go to Addis Ababa for servicing; and there is a reason why other African airlines send their people to Addis for training. Because the Ethiopians are good.

    As the articles indicate, Ethiopian is profitable and is growing well. Their current force of 767s will need replacing, and spending $4 billion over 10+ years is quite reasonable.

    Ethiopian Airlines is possibly the best run state owned corporation in Africa, and you try to accuse them of corruption. If that's the first thing that enters your mind then YOU have a problem.

    oh calm down, as if i killed your family or something. so what that its the one of the best airlines in africa? the fact is ethiopian money is better spent than on airplanes. $4.6 billion is no joke for a country like that, so maybe you should think before you attack others for having problems. saying its the best run, you best have some proof of that. :)
    - martinx, 3 years ago
  • oh calm down, as if i killed your family or something. so what that its the one of the best airlines in africa? the fact is ethiopian money is better spent than on airplanes. $4.6 billion is no joke for a country like that, so maybe you should think before you attack others for having problems. saying its the best run, you best have some proof of that. :)
    You seem to be conflating Ethiopia with Ethiopian Airlines. Ethiopia is a country. Ethiopian Airlines is a company. Companies exist to make money, and Ethiopian Airlines has proven it knows how to do that.

    Ethiopian Airlines 25th Most Profitable airline in the World

    According to Air Transport World (ATW July 2009), Ethiopian Airlines ranks as the 25th most profitable airline in the world, based on net profit. Ethiopian is the only African carrier in the top 25 airlines in the world based on net profit. In 2008, the airline had a net profit of $51,803,000. The most profitable airline based on Net profit in the world is FedEx followed by Qantas Group and Lufthansa, the ranking includes both passenger and freight operators.

    Ethiopian Airlines' Operating Revenue for 2008 was $939,920,000, an increase of 33.6% from prior year. It carried a record 2,744,000 passengers in 2008. The report puts Ethiopian airlines fleet currently at 34.

    http://nazret.com/blog/index.php?title=ethiopian_airlines_25th_most_profitable_&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1
    - Carver02, 3 years ago
  • Ethiopians feel extremely proud of Ethiopian Airlines. The recent generation doesn't have much to be proud of, we mostly like to bask in past glories. So ET is a diamond to us, the light at the end of the dark tunnel. Its success shows us what we can achieve if we change. That is why you get a strong response from us when someone put ET in a negative light. Having said that though, you have to accept ET has been an amazing organization, the original transport airline in Africa, the one with impeccable safety record, low fares, robust routes around the world, good service and not to mention some pretty female hostesses seen, specially in the HaileSelassie era.

    Recently, in conjunction with the countries economic performance, ET is even advancing further, winning the best African airline twice recently, including in 2009.

    So I understand that how eyebrows are raised when investment is made in the billions where as the country is known to be the poorest in the world. If you look deeper, specially now, you can see Ethiopia is changing economically at least, having the best performing non-oil economies certainly in Africa and probably in the world. However this performance is relative as Ethiopia is just raising itself from the mud at this time, so initial movement can only be upwards.
    - lamrof, 2 years ago
  • Mercutio and Carver, thank you for your replies.

    Clearly some people confuse Ethiopia and Ethiopian Airlines.

    EA is a business, not a charity. Second, $4 billion is (I'm willing to bet) a bank credit. EA is a very well-run company that is very profitable so it's a great credit risk for banks. Considering how difficult it is to get credit right now, especially when airlines are going bankrupt (or teetering on the edge), this is a very good thing for the airline's image.
    - abesha, 2 years ago
  • Code Data
    *IATA Code: ET
    *ICAO Code: ETH
    *Callsign: ETHIOPIAN

    Internationally, Ethiopian Airlines is usually referred with its IATA code "ET" , although that coding standard will eventually migrate to the ICAO code standard. ICAO deals with navigation laws, IATA deals with trade laws.
    - lamrof, 2 years ago
  • Ethiopian Airlines is possibly the best run state owned corporation in Africa...

    You seem to be conflating Ethiopia with Ethiopian Airlines. Ethiopia is a country. Ethiopian Airlines is a company.

    You are clearly contradicting yourself. The airline thus gets its money from the state, meaning the public.
    So yes, the airline is performing well and could be seen as a vehicle of employment for few. I'm glad that good news is coming from there. But spending that kind of money in these times? Surely, investment in other sectors is of more importance. Its like the huge cryout when the SA government spent billions on buying new navy craft, while the need for housing, education, health etc. is of such a high priority.
    - briker, 2 years ago
  • You are clearly contradicting yourself. The airline thus gets its money from the state, meaning the public.
    So yes, the airline is performing well and could be seen as a vehicle of employment for few. I'm glad that good news is coming from there. But spending that kind of money in these times? Surely, investment in other sectors is of more importance. Its like the huge cryout when the SA government spent billions on buying new navy craft, while the need for housing, education, health etc. is of such a high priority.

    I don't think you get it.

    Ethiopia Air, is a company that ordred new aircraft fleet. it doesn't have anything to do with State.

    It's like you have a company( Private) that asked laons from a bank to boost yur business, what does that have to do with the governement in Tswane?
    - BUTEMBO21, 2 years ago
  • You are clearly contradicting yourself. The airline thus gets its money from the state, meaning the public.
    So yes, the airline is performing well and could be seen as a vehicle of employment for few. I'm glad that good news is coming from there. But spending that kind of money in these times? Surely, investment in other sectors is of more importance. Its like the huge cryout when the SA government spent billions on buying new navy craft, while the need for housing, education, health etc. is of such a high priority.

    He's not contradicting himself at all.

    The airline gets its money from the business it's doing. The $4 billion is most probably a loan from international banks based on Ethiopian AIRLINES' credit worthiness.
    Your example of the navy is not even close to the same thing.
    The navy is part of the national defense so it's directly run by the government.
    - abesha, 2 years ago
  • By Barry Malone

    ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian Airlines hopes to boost profits this year by taking advantage of growing ties between Africa and China and India, adding new routes to the Asian powers, Chief Executive Girma Wake said on Thursday.

    China and India have displaced many western countries as the major investors in Africa, where they have invested billions of dollars in recent years.

    "Because we are also flying to more destinations in Africa than any other airline, we can connect a lot of African traffic to China and India," Girma told Reuters in Addis Ababa.

    "We are seeing a significant increase in our traffic to China and India and we are planning to launch more flights to different cities in both countries."

    Ethiopian Airlines operates 14 flights a week to Beijing and Guangzhou and 12 flights a week to New Delhi and Mumbai. Girma said the airline was planning to add flights to Shanghai in China and Chennai and Bangalore in India.

    The state-owned carrier flies to 35 African destinations and has remained profitable despite a downturn in the aviation industry.

    Its full-year net profit more than doubled to 1.3 billion birr in 2008/09 due to an aggressive international marketing campaign and a cost-cutting drive.

    "If fuel prices do not go up, we can expect about $150 million net in 2009/10," Girma said. "If fuel goes up, we think we'll stick at about $128 million."

    Ethiopian Airlines is one of a trio of African carriers along with South African Airways and Kenya Airways, spearheading change in Africa's fast-growing airline industry with more modern planes.

    "The major engine of our growth will always be Africa," Girma said. "And China and India are now important destinations because of the interest that a lot of Africa has in these countries. But we will expand in Africa, too."

    Air travel is more expensive in Africa than in other parts of the world and some Africans say they are priced out of travelling around the continent.

    Girma said that open-skies policies operating in many African countries would bring in more airlines and ultimately reduce costs.

    Ethiopian will begin to add four new African routes a year.

    "We will expand until we are operating to every major Africa city,"Girma said. "We can be operating to every major sub Saharan Africa destination within 2 to 3 years. And probably every North African destination within 7 or 8 years."

    Girma said the airline planned to exploit China and India's burgeoning middle classes by marketing Ethiopia as a tourist destination and building a hotel.

    Just under 400,000 holidaymakers visited the Horn of Africa nation in 2008, and the tourism ministry expects that to increase to half a million this year. :ohno: The government target is to attract one million foreign visitors within five years. .... Still way too small for a large historic country like ours. There needs to be a more aggressive approach to their marketing style.


    http://nazret.com/blog/index.php?title=ethiopian_airlines_eyes_china_india_prof&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1
    - enkelfam, 2 years ago
  • Still way too small for a large historic country like ours. There needs to be a more aggressive approach to their marketing style.


    http://nazret.com/blog/index.php?title=ethiopian_airlines_eyes_china_india_prof&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1
    As always, Ethiopian Airlines makes us proud.

    It's very true that Ethiopia is Africa's "best kept secret". But to handle several million visitors, we firstly need much more hotels with international standards. Specially in cities near those historical sites. We also need more high class buses going to every major city and historical site.

    I believe Harer has a huge potential. They need to "clean up" the old city and market it's unique history to the "Muslim world".
    - Yoniii, 2 years ago
  • As always, Ethiopian Airlines makes us proud.

    It's very true that Ethiopia is Africa's "best kept secret". But to handle several million visitors, we firstly need much more hotels with international standards. Specially in cities near those historical sites. We also need more high class buses going to every major city and historical site.

    I believe Harer has a huge potential. They need to "clean up" the old city and market it's unique history to the "Muslim world".

    I understand what you are saying about upgrading our infrastructure to make it more hospitable, but I believe the Ethiopian tourism ministry needs to be restructured and become more hands on in their strategy to attract more tourists. What I mean is that lately we have seen huge agri-businesses some into the country to invest in food production to send back to mainly send it back to their country. This has been very controversial locally in Ethiopia, even in the Diaspora community, because of the "incentives" our government provided. Looking at the cost benefit analysis, the value added to Ethiopia now as it stands is that not great, to put in very lightly, but you do not see nearly the same "incentives" being provided to sectors which could transform the country, such as Tourism, and Healthcare that are in critical form today.
    In my opinion there are a few things they can do:
    1. Identify the potential tourist destinations. This is information they already have, the only thing they need to do is to compile it, organize it and make it presentable. It should not be that hard to 'sell' Ethiopia as a potential tourist destination. But if they feel that this is too much work for them and will disrupt their mid-day 1 hour coffee break, and another 2 hour lunch break, then they should hire a reputable international marketing firm to do the job from A to Z.
    2. INFRASTRUCTURE. This is the big monster in the closet scaring potential tourists to our country. It is expensive, generally takes too long to complete and ranges from public transportation to hotels and anything in between. But, their is a saying in Amharic, ' Helm teferto saytegna aytaderem' which roughly translates to 'you can't stop sleeping just because you afraid of your dreams' and the meaning is, you gotta do shit even if you are scared. And here is where they can use "incentives" for the private sector to be involved in heavily as it cannot be done by the local people. One such example, I remember was a plan by an investor from Dubai wanting to develop a large plot of land for tourism purposes, but I am not sure if it materialized or not.
    There is probably a lot more they can do but this is what came to mind now, after being awake for more than 20 hours. I gotta go now, oh one more saying, " felagot kale semay aygedem" ~ 'yechalal'
    It is only by empowering the local private sector that Ethiopia could prosper.
    - enkelfam, 2 years ago
  • 1/18/2010 11:29:00 AM

    Ethiopian Airlines is working to strengthen its presence in Europe and is now focusing on the German market. Therefore AVIAREPS and Africa’s largest airline recently signed a new GSA agreement starting on 1 April 2010. The world’s leading aviation and tourism management expert will then be in charge of all sales, marketing and ticketing activities in Germany. Besides the European markets of Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and Hungary AVIAREPS also represents the Ethiopian flag carrier in the South American markets of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. Ethiopian Airlines currently offers four weekly flights between Frankfurt (Germany) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia): each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, passengers can use a nonstop connection to the Ethiopian capital. On Sunday the airline provides an additional flight with a short stopover in Rome. As from June 2010 Ethiopian Airlines will increase the frequency to five weekly flights on this route. All flights, operated with a modern Boeing B767, take off in the late evening. After an overnight journey of seven hours travellers reach Addis Ababa in the morning of the next day. From Ethiopian Airlines’ hub they can conveniently connect to various African destinations such as Johannesburg, Nairobi, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. As Africa’s leading carrier Ethiopian Airlines operates its flights with the newest and youngest fleet consisting of 30 Boeing aircraft (10 B767-300s; 8 B757-200s; 2 B575-260Fs; 2 B747Fs; 5 B737-700NGs; 3 B737-800Ws), 2 MD-11Fs and 5 Fokker 50s. Within the next years the fleet will continue growing. The airline has already ordered five Boeing B777-300LRs, eight Bombardier Q400s (delivery in 2010), 12 Airbus A330-900s and 10 Boeing B787 Dreamliner jets. Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, was founded 1945. The national carrier is based in Addis Ababa and offers flights to 56 international destinations: six in Europe (Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome and Stockholm), 35 in Africa, 14 destinations in the Middle East and Asia (e.g. Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Beirut, Dubai, Mumbai, Delhi and Tel Aviv) and one in North America (Washington). Furthermore the Ethiopian flag carrier serves 16 domestic routes

    http://www.traveldaily.co.uk/AsiaPacificNews/Detail.aspx?Section=16987

    On a separate note, I think we should have a sticky thread for Aviation under projects/construction. What do you guys think?
    - enkelfam, 2 years ago
  • Ethiopian Airlines and Turkish Airlines have signed a code share agreement for flights between Istanbul and Addis Ababa operated by Turkish. The agreement took effect on January 15.

    A Free Sale Code Share Agreement has been signed between Turkish Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines (ET). Code share operations will begin as of 15 January 2010. Within the framework of ET/TK codeshare agreement, TK will be the operating carrier on Istanbul-Addis Ababa v.v. flights and ET will market these flights by putting its own code and flight number.

    http://nazret.com/blog/index.php?title=ethiopian_and_turkish_airlines_sign_code&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1
    - enkelfam, 2 years ago
  • On a separate note, I think we should have a sticky thread for Aviation under project2s/construction. What do you guys think?
    We have the "African Aviation News" thread, I think that thread is "enough" since it isn't updated _that_ often (I have added these latest EA news)..
    - Yoniii, 2 years ago
  • We have the "African Aviation News" thread, I think that thread is "enough" since it isn't updated _that_ often (I have added these latest EA news)..

    እስማማለሁ በበኩሌ።
    - lamrof, 2 years ago
  • የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ ወደ ቶሮንቶ እንዲበር የሚያስችል የአየር አገልግሎት ስምምነት ተደረሰ

    የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ ወደ ካናዳ ቶሮንቶ እንዲበር የሚያስችል የአየር አገልግሎት ስምምነት ከካናዳ አየር አገልግሎት ጋር ተደረሰ፡፡ ስምምነቱ የተደረሰው ከጥር 4-6 ቀን 2002 ዓ.ም. በካናዳ ውስጥ ነው፡፡

    ስምምነቱ የተደረሰው በሲቪል አቪዬሽን ባለሥልጣን ዳይሬክተር ጄኔራል ኮሌኔል ወሰንየለህ ሁነኛው በተመራ ቡድንና በካናዳ የውጭ ጉዳይ ሚኒስቴር መሥሪያ ቤት የካናዳ የአየር አገልግሎት ዋና ተደራዳሪ ሚስተር ሮበርት ረዱ መሆኑን ኢዜአ ዘግቧል፡፡

    ስምምነቱ የኢትዮጵያ አየር መንገድ በሳምንት ሦስት ጊዜ ወደ ቶሮንቶ እንዲበር የሚያስችል ነው::

    Ethiopian Airlines signed a MoU with the government of Canada to start flight services to Toronto, Canada three times a week.

    I have never been to Canada but subconsciously I thought EA has always had flights to Toronto, but I guess not. This is definitely a good news:cheers:
    Toronto to my understanding has a lot of immigrants from African nations including ours, so using the extensive network they got in East-Africa and Europe, this will help them become the Airline of choice by many wishing to travel to Africa.
    - enkelfam, 2 years ago
  • This is indeed great news...someone has posted an Ethiopian newscast announcing the agreement...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSyH3lQrMXE

    Nothing official posted from the Canadian government yet, but I am sure we will be hearing from them soon....

    Congratulations to ET - they will do very good business at Toronto (YYZ)...:)
    - yyzer, 2 years ago
  • I was in Guangzhou, China a couple of days ago, and there are MANY Africans in that town (for the big fake clothes market). When I've got the airport, I saw a big line with Africans, they were all flying Ethiopian.

    I predict that Toronto will be one of the most important cities for Ethiopian.
    - Yoniii, 2 years ago
  • South Africa's would-be olim will have to fly Ethiopian Airlines

    Due to a spat with El Al over its prices, the Jewish Agency has taken to
    flying new immigrants from South Africa to Israel via Ethiopian Airlines, with a stop in Addis Ababa.

    El Al has direct flights between Tel Aviv and South Africa and will continue to do so three times a week, even though it was supposed to stop as of Monday.

    The issue was a dispute with South Africa after an El Al security man was shown on television interrogating a local ostensibly because of his skin color.

    Ethiopian Airlines has long been flying immigrants from around the continent, ever since El Al stopped flying to Kenya and Nigeria for security reasons.
    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1146943.html
    - enkelfam, 2 years ago
  • This is indeed great news...someone has posted an Ethiopian newscast announcing the agreement...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSyH3lQrMXE

    Nothing official posted from the Canadian government yet, but I am sure we will be hearing from them soon....

    Congratulations to ET - they will do very good business at Toronto (YYZ)...:)

    Canada's capital is Ottawa. not Toronto.
    - ja'far, 2 years ago
  • Passengers stand by Ethiopian

    Gov’t has not ruled out sabotage of ET 409

    Statistics suggest that Ethiopian Airlines will not suffer a long term drop in passenger numbers as a result of its worst ever incident two weeks ago.
    Ethiopian flight ET-409 from Beirut to Addis Ababa on January 25 crashed shortly after take off into the Mediterranean Sea killing all 90 passengers and crew on board.


    Despite speculation, the cause of the accident is yet to be established and the Ethiopian Government says sabotage has not been ruled out.
    Following crashes, aviation industry experts predict damaging aftershocks on airlines that just suffered accidents as even passengers that have booked cancel their reservations at the last minute. However, despite an immediate drop in numbers the day after the crash, they soon recovered to normal.

    The first day after the accident, January 26 showed a 28.21 percent increase in traffic compared to the same period last year, official documents Capital obtained show. January 27 passenger traffic showed a downturn in growth from the previous day as the news of the crash dominated international media, with year on year growth down to 16.8 percent.

    Ethiopian traffic recovered the next day, January 28, by registering 23.85 percent increase compared to last year. It then averaged at just over 22 percent for the rest of the week.

    By the first week of February, the start of the second week after accident, figures for year on year growth were back to pre-crash levels. The national flag carrier on February 1 enjoyed a 27.65 percent increase from last year while the next day saw a growth of nearly 30 percent, even higher than the January 26 performance.

    Commenting on the figures, the airlines said while it mourns and grieves for the loss of colleagues and passengers, business is as good as usual.

    “Daily load factors are above the same period of last year. Daily passengers uplift are also above last year. We are still surpassing our revenue targets,” Ethiopian added.
    Industry pundits credit the latest performance to the 65 year reputation of Ethiopian which has a clean accident record - no accidents due to human or technical errors have ever occurred on an ET operated flight.

    “I am confident that I am about to get the best safety and security the aviation industry can offer,” Betheyesus Yared, an Addis Ababa resident who was about to board an Ethiopian B-767 plane at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, France, said to Capital adding that canceling the flight to Addis Ababa just under a week after the crash didn’t cross his mind.

    “I am sure there is some kind of explanations and I fear there is some kind of sabotage that I hope will be discovered,” Betheyesus speculated.

    What did really go wrong?
    All sides confirm the plane went down shortly after takeoff and no facts so far emerged discounting eye witnesses who say the plane formed a sort of fireball and crashed into the sea.

    The plane parts and bodies discovered in pieces further suggest there was some sort of explosion before the point of impact.

    Like Betheyesus, the passenger who arrived safely at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport Monday morning, many Africans rule out any technical or mechanical failure on Ethiopian’s part.

    The possibility of sabotage is being widely reported after the stormy weather cause was played down by speculators who say another plane did fly at the same time when the Ethiopian jet took off and the damage could not have been this bad to an aircraft well-equipped to sustain a lightning strike. However, Lebanese leaders, including President Michel Suleiman, Defense Minister Elias Murr and Transportation Minister Ghazi Aridi quickly ruled out sabotage shortly after the crash, according to international media reports.

    Industry experts, including the BBC and Associated Press Aviation industry analysts, however, reject Lebanese officials’ stance, stating that no evidence has emerged to rule out sabotage.

    Transportation Minister Aridi last Tuesday made another controversial statement stating that the Ethiopian pilot made “a fast and strange turn” minutes after takeoff and flew in the opposite direction from the path recommended by the control tower.

    While explaining the pilot in charge has two decades of experience, Ethiopian Airlines says it is choosing to refrain from commenting on the accident until facts that should emerge after the located black box is recovered are known.

    A black box, which actually is not black, but rather a striking orange, is a recording device in the cockpit that records flight data, including conversations between the pilots. It is now a crucial item for the ongoing investigation to determine what happened to ET-409.

    “Until the black box is retrieved and depending upon the findings, we are not ruling out any possible cause of accident,” Bereket Simon, Ethiopian Government communication minister, explained to Capital.

    A UK-based emergency service team that works with Ethiopian, followed by a high level Ethiopian delegation led by Foreign Affairs Minister Seyoum Mesfin, was dispatched to Lebanon immediately after the crash.

    Flight ET-409 carried 82 passenger plus 8 Ethiopian crew members. Out of the total passengers 24 were Ethiopian, 51 Lebanese, 1 French, 2 British, 1 Russian, 1 Canadian, 1 Syrian, and 1 Iraqi.

    Minister Seyoum and Ethiopian CEO Girma Wake have gone to homes of families of the victims to convey condolences during the past week.

    Sabotage?
    Despite Lebanese officials prematurely ruling out sabotage, independent news organisations in Lebanon speculate that the accident was a result of sabotage.
    According to international reports, while the daily al-Liwaa reported that the crash is likely a “deliberate” attack, pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat did not rule out “sabotage” though Lebanese official did so explicitly.

    OTV, meanwhile, which is reputed to have strong ties with Hizbullah, the militant Shia group based in Lebanon, cited official circles as saying that the Ethiopian plane was likely hit by a rocket.

    Al-Liwaa reportedly based its hypothesis on Hizbullah’s heightened concern about the catastrophe and the fact that a Hizbullah delegation was supposed to be on the plane. It said the trip was cancelled at the last minute.

    Al-Liwaa also pointed to Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s keenness to “personally” attend the funeral of one of the plane victims identified as Hasan Tajeddine in the southern town of Hanaway. It was said Tajeddine has close ties with Hizbullah.
    http://capitalethiopia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12282:passengers-stand-by-ethiopian&catid=12:local-news&Itemid=4
    - abesha, 2 years ago
  • Canada and Ethiopia Reach First-Ever Air Transport Agreement

    http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2005/photorelease/q1/050204g.jpg

    OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) - Canada's Transport Minister John Baird and the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of International Trade, today announced the successful conclusion of the first-ever air transport agreement with the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

    "The Government of Canada is committed to developing new and expanded international air services to benefit Canadian travellers, shippers, and the tourism and business sectors," said Baird. "This agreement with Ethiopia allows the first direct scheduled air services between the two countries."

    The agreement provides flexible routings for airlines to operate flights between Canada and Ethiopia, as well as the flexibility to adjust prices according to market forces. Airlines may also choose to offer air services using the flights of other airlines, commonly known as code-sharing services.

    "Our government is committed to expanding the movement of people, goods and services in support of Canadian business activities abroad. Canadian companies, including those in the aerospace sector, have had recent success in doing business in Ethiopia," said Minister Van Loan. "This agreement will help increase trade, investment and people-to-people links."

    The air transport agreement contains strong provisions dealing with aviation safety and security, reflecting their importance to both countries. The provisions of the agreement are being applied administratively, which allows new air services to be introduced immediately.

    Since January 2006, the Government of Canada has negotiated open, new or expanded air service agreements with 50 countries:

    * open skies-type agreements with eight countries: the United Kingdom, Ireland, Iceland,
    New Zealand, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and South Korea;
    * expanded agreements with nine countries: Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Jordan, Singapore, the Philippines, Morocco and Cuba;
    * new "first-time" agreements with nine countries: Ethiopia, Algeria, Kuwait, Serbia, Croatia, Panama, Turkey, South Africa and Tunisia; and
    * a comprehensive air transport agreement between Canada and the European Union's 27 member states. This includes Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia, with which Canada did not previously have air agreements.

    Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca. Subscribe to news releases and speeches at
    www.tc.gc.ca/e-news and keep up to date on the latest from Transport Canada.

    This news release may be made available in alternative formats for persons living with visual disabilities.

    http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Canada-and-Ethiopia-Reach-First-Ever-Air-Transport-Agreement-1124245.htm
    - enkelfam, 2 years ago
  • I never knew they had this model of Boeing. But I was reading in AddisFortune and caught this...

    Currently, the airline operates 10 Boeing 767-300, eight Boeing 757-200s, two Boeing 757-260Fs, two Boeing 747Fs, two MD-11Fs, five Boeing 737-700NGs, three Boeing 737-800Ws and five Fokker 50s. It is providing 17 domestic flight services with Boeing 737 and Fokker aircraft which have served the airline for the last 15 years.

    http://www.addisfortune.com/Ethiopian%E2%80%99s%20Q400%20Planes%20Start%20Arriving%20This%20Week.htm





    and then I found a photo after searching online....


    http://i44.tinypic.com/21kjqir.jpg

    http://www.cardatabase.net/modifiedairlinerphotos//search/photo_search.php?id=00001867
    - yosef, a year ago
  • Ethiopian airlines has 2 B747F cargo plane.It doesnt have passanger plane.The 747 is leased from a company. The picture is a edited photoshop image ,not real.The cargo plane is plane white without the Ethiopian logo.The plane is mostly used for flower export.
    Recently i read that the flower producers have also leased another 747 for flower shipment to europe.
    - Vildana, 7 months ago
  • thanks Vildana, I knew something was up, cause I had never seen a passenger Ethiopian 747 in any photos or anything before.
    - yosef, 7 months ago
  • We don't- that's a photoshopped image. We have 2 freight planes.
    - Simfan34, 6 months ago
  • Ethiopian Exceeds 2010 Performance Targets


    Ethiopian Airlines exceeded its “Vision 2010” targets in all but the number of passengers carried, CEO Girma Wake told employees at the Addis Abeba Assembly Hall around Sidest Kilo last Thursday, March 11, 2010.

    Ethiopian set “Vision 2010” goals in 2005, aiming at increasing its passenger traffic to three million, its destinations to 50, its operating revenues to 949 million dollars and its operating profits to 92 million dollars.

    Driven by this vision, it also planned to increase the number of aircraft it had under its fleet. Ethiopian has 45 aircraft on order, 12 A350-900s from Airbus; 10 787 Dreamliner jets; 10 737-800s; five 777-200LRs from Boeing; and eight Q400 aircraft from Bombardier.

    The national carrier reported an operating revenue and profit of 1.1 billion dollars and 92 million dollars, respectively, according to a statement from Wogayehu Terefe, acting manager of Public Relations and Publications.

    “This is 122pc and 123pc of what it had targeted to accomplish in 2010, respectively,” the statement said.

    The number of passengers it transported stood at 2.8 million, 200,000 passengers short of its plan. This number of passengers is, however, higher by 12.3pc from its performance in 2007/08, according to Wogayehu.

    Girma referred to the performance of the airline as rewarding. The Assembly Hall was crowded with the employees who came to attend the meeting packed in 10 of the airline’s buses. Some had to stand by the entrance of the hall to listen to Girma’s report.

    He also spoke of the ET409 accident, which occurred on the flight from Beirut to Addis Abeba on January 25, 2010, but he would not say anything about the cause. He told the employees, however, that passengers had not lost faith with the airline, telling the story of a woman who was reluctant to see her husband take a flight in heavy rain, but let him go because he was flying Ethiopian.

    Girma begged the patience of the 5,057 employees of the airline on salary increment requests until the airline finalises the case of ET409.

    Ethiopian had an incentive package of rewarding 20pc of its profits to its staff, but that came to an end in 2008.
    http://addisfortune.com/Ethiopian%20Exceeds%202010%20Performance%20Targets.htm
    - abesha, 6 months ago
  • Ethiopian’s Q400 Planes Start Arriving This Week
    The first of the eight Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners Ethiopian Airlines procured from the Canadian plane maker Bombardier Aerospace will arrive in Addis Abeba at the end of this week.

    The delivery of the first aircraft is taking place ahead of schedule, according to Wogayehu Terefe, acting manager of Public Relations and Publications for Ethiopian. According to the agreement Ethiopian signed with Bombardier to purchase eight Q400 NextGen aircrafts, the first delivery was scheduled for September 2010.

    The eight aircrafts cost approximately 242 million dollars and could increase to 366 million dollars since the purchase agreement made in November 2008 also provides the option for the purchase of four additional aircraft.

    “All will be delivered before the end of this year,” Wogayehu said.

    The Q400 aircraft is known for exceptional performance in terms of climb rate, single engine ceiling, higher takeoff weight, and low operating costs, said Girma Wake, CEO of Ethiopian after the purchase agreement was signed in 2008.

    The national carrier is planning to employ the new aircrafts which have a passenger seat capacity of 78 on regional routes up to 1,850km from the capital, according to Wogayehu.

    Currently, the airline operates 10 Boeing 767-300, eight Boeing 757-200s, two Boeing 757-260Fs, two Boeing 747Fs, two MD-11Fs, five Boeing 737-700NGs, three Boeing 737-800Ws and five Fokker 50s. It is providing 17 domestic flight services with Boeing 737 and Fokker aircraft which have served the airline for the last 15 years.

    By HILINA ALEMU


    http://addisfortune.com/Ethiopian’s%20Q400%20Planes%20Start%20Arriving%20This%20Week.htm
    - abesha, 5 months ago
  • Ethiopian to increase fleet to over 100 in the next decade :cheers::banana:

    The management of Ethiopian Airlines has revealed a new ambitious and strategic 15-year plan called “Vision 2025” in which it envisions to increase the airline’s fleet to over 100 jet liners.


    At the internal staff meeting held the previous Thursday at the Addis Ababa Conference Center, Ethiopian CEO, Girma Wake told the employees that the airline had drafted a new farsighted development strategy. Girma said that the development strategy will have three phases with a five-year term. The development strategy would be evaluated every five years.

    The management will soon present the development strategy to its board of directors chaired by Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin. The public relations department of Ethiopian said that it would not reveal the details of the strategy before it is submitted to the board.

    However, reliable sources told The Reporter that the strategy included increasing the number of the airline’s jet fleet to over 100. Ethiopian currently operates 30 jetliners. Ethiopian also plans to increase the number of employees to over 10,000 from the existing 4850. Sources said the management anticipates to raise its destinations to 200 and its operating revenue to three billion dollars. The airline has achieved its vision 2010 that included making an annual revenue of 1 billion dollars.


    http://en.ethiopianreporter.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2395&Itemid=26


    My only wish, if ETC could be run just like Ethiopian Airlines... it would have been spectacular. Creating not just 10,000 jobs but probably in the 100s of thousands.
    Great job EA :banana:
    - enkelfam, in 8 months
  • Ethiopian to hire consulting firm on data recording machines

    Following the controversy over the plane crash investigation process, the management of Ethiopian Airlines is contemplating hiring an international consulting firm that specializes in Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) machines, it was learnt.


    The Reporter last week reported that the Lebanese authorities had tampered with the CVR’s memory chip. Ethiopian officials said parts of the recorded segments on CVR was deleted. Ethiopian aviation professionals are puzzled by the fact that the memory chip was found separately detached from the VCR and parts of the recorded segments were deleted.

    Reliable sources told The Reporter that officials of Ethiopian were contemplating to hire an international consulting company that specializes on the nature and functions of FDR and CVR. The company that would be hired by Ethiopian is expected to help the Ethiopian aviation professionals in solving the problems related to the CVR.

    In response to The Reporter’s queries’ Boeing said that as the matter was under investigation they could not answer specific questions. However, Boeing said it does not produce CVRs. The FDR is manufactured by a company called Honeywell and the manufacturer of the CVR is L-3 Communications. The engine of the B737-800 is CFM-56-7b, manufactured jointly by General Electrics and Snecma.

    Saturday, 06 March 2010
    - cyberManHere, in 2 years
  • It looks like the first ones have started to arrive......

    Ethiopian Airlines' first Bombardier Q400 aircraft arrives in Ethiopia

    http://i39.tinypic.com/f34xnp.jpg


    The first Bombardier Q400 aircraft among eight Ethiopian airline order for Canadian plane maker Bombardier Inc. arrived Sunday.

    Ethiopian had signed a purchase of agreement with the Canadian company to buy eight Bombardier Q400 aircraft at a cost of 192 million USD.

    http://nazret.com/blog/index.php?title=ethiopian_airlines_first_bombardier_q400&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1
    - yosef, in 2 years
  • When will we get 747s?
    - Simfan34, in 2 years
  • When will we get 747s?

    We have two 747-200, but its cargo plane.747 model is getting old ,its is fuel guzler, outdated avionics , no fly by wire etc. what Ethiopian should get in my opinion is Airbus 340, Airbus 330, Boing 777 ( 5 orderd), Dreamliner (787, 10 orderd) ,Airbus 350 WX (12 orderd)
    - Vildana, in 2 years
  • When will we get 747s?

    We have two 747-200, but its cargo plane.747 model is getting old ,its is fuel guzler, outdated avionics , no fly by wire etc. what Ethiopian should get in my opinion is Airbus 340, Airbus 330, Boing 777 ( 5 orderd), Dreamliner (787, 10 orderd) ,Airbus 350 XWB (12 orderd)
    - Vildana, in 2 years
  • We have two 747-200, but its cargo plane.747 model is getting old ,

    Vildana,
    Jumbo will never aged....check Boeing site:
    Since last year more than 1000 Boeing 747 have been built with more than 100 on order.

    what Ethiopian should get in my opinion is Airbus 340, Airbus 330, Boing 777 ( 5 orderd), Dreamliner (787, 10 orderd) ,Airbus 350 XWB (12 orderd)

    Allow me to completely disagree with you. You can't simply switch from Boeing to Airbus. It is a risky and expensive business - i.e. technically speaking (you have to even change the screw drivers at the maintenance centre in Addis:)). Ethiopian airline is talking and dealing with Airbus is simply a marketing gimmick - just to send a warning signal to Boeing for their slow pace delivery schedule of 787. It wouldn't surprise me if Ethiopian cancels all its Airbus order soon.
    - Ahadu, in 2 years
  • Vildana,
    Jumbo will never aged....check Boeing site:
    Since last year more than 1000 Boeing 747 have been built with more than 100 on order.



    Allow me to completely disagree with you. You can't simply switch from Boeing to Airbus. It is a risky and expensive business - i.e. technically speaking (you have to even change the screw drivers at the maintenance centre in Addis:)). Ethiopian airline is talking and dealing with Airbus is simply a marketing gimmick - just to send a warning signal to Boeing for their slow pace delivery schedule of 787. It wouldn't surprise me if Ethiopian cancels all its Airbus order soon.

    In a way true , you need structural and capacity adjstment and it needs a big investment but in the long run you can earn money from the investment that the company made.
    1.ET will have capacity to service Airbus planes for other airlines.
    thus income generated.
    2.Train pilots using airbus simulators, again incom generation.
    3.By not getting the 787 ET lost a lot of money ,if ET had used airbus the lose would have been avoided by simply ordering airbus planes.
    3. It is always risky putting all your eggs in one basket .
    5. Having two systems would give ET stronger profile in the market.
    6. Overall Airbus planes are more fuel efficent pr. passenger.
    - Vildana, in 2 years
  • Ethiopian Airlines Code share with Scandinavian Airlines

    The new code share agreement will allow passengers from both airlines to enjoy greater access to more stations in Europe and Africa with relative ease and flexibility


    News Release – Ethiopian Airlines

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, March 28, 2010 – 15:00

    Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing African airlines, has entered into a code share agreement with Scandinavian Airlines, one of the founding members of Star Alliance, providing travelers with better connectivity and a broad range of services between Europe and Africa.

    The new code share agreement, which takes effect as of March 29, 2010, shall further strengthen Ethiopian’s flight network between Addis Ababa and Scandinavian countries. Likewise, the agreement will enhance Scandinavian Airlines route network providing customers an easy connection via Ethiopian’s strategic hub in Addis Ababa to a wide variety of destinations in Africa including Johannesburg, Harare, Lusaka, Luanda, Lilongwe, Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Kigali, and Bujumbura.
    Scandinavian Airlines, a member of the Star Alliance, is an established home carrier in Scandinavia and is recognized as a symbol of quality and reliability in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

    Ethiopian Chief Operating Officer, Ato Tewolde G. Mariam said, “This agreement between the two airlines will provide wider choices of destinations to travelers. We are indeed pleased to partner with Scandinavian Airlines to provide seamless travel services to our customers with wider choices of destinations.”

    The partnership will allow Ethiopian ShebaMiles members to accumulate miles whenever they travel on a scheduled Scandinavian Airlines flight. Passengers in Scandinavian’s EuroBonus program will be able to use their miles to exotic destinations such as Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Mombasa, and Nairobi. Likewise, Ethiopian Airlines’ passengers will be able to earn miles when traveling on Scandinavian. In addition, ShebaMiles Silver and Gold members will be able to enjoy lounge access at Stockholm. Similar benefits will be given to Euro Bonus (SAS’s Frequent Flyer Program) members on Ethiopian Airlines flights.
    For further details on Ethiopian flight schedules and other relevant information, please contact our Reservations office at Tel. +251-1-6656666 or visit our website www.ethiopianairlines.com
    - enkelfam, in 2 years
  • Ethiopian Airlines has pocketed a 1.2 billion birr profit in the first six months of the current 2009/10 fiscal year, Capital has learnt.
    The profit is more than double the 515 million birr profit earned in 2008/09 over the same period. Last year’s performance itself was a nine percent boost from the previous year.According to sources, who asked to not be named, the strong midyear performance is not only a record for Africa’s leading carrier, but also surpasses the airlines’ financial targets.

    The 515 million birr recorded in 2008/09 helped Ethiopian register last year’s annual record net profit of over 1.3 billion birr. The six month profit of 1.2 billion birr nearly equals what the flag carrier made in the whole of last year. :cheers:
    In response to Capital’s queries about the performance, Ethiopian Airlines Public Relation Department said the company is not yet ready to release information on the figures. The latest performance continues the trend of consistent growth for the state-owned airline.
    A net profit of 507 million birr was realised from its 2007/08 operation. In the next fiscal year, a net profit of 1,345 million birr was announced by Ethiopian CEO Girma Wake in August 2009.
    Now with the impressive half year figures, another record profit is expected to be announced at the end of the current fiscal year.
    Matching the growth with investments, particularly driven by the operating revenues’ boosts, including a 33 percent and 34 percent surges in 2008/09 and 2008/07 respectively, Ethiopian has made orders that will double the number of aircraft it is operating. Ethiopian, which was operating 36 aircraft until November 2009, has another 35 new planes on order direct from the manufacturers, including the latest order of five Boeing 777s.
    Last Sunday it received the first of eight Q-400 Next Generation turboprop aircraft from Canadian Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Inc. All the remaining seven fleets are scheduled to arrive by October this year.
    The first of the eight aircraft’s maiden flight to Addis Ababa was welcomed to Bole International Airport by Getachew Mengistie, Deputy Minister of Transport and Communication, Ethiopian CEO Girma Wake and other senior officials of the airline.
    The airline says the new 78 seater aircraft will support the ever-increasing tourism market of the country and domestic business travel, which is growing fast alongside the economy.
    “Ethiopian Airlines plays a critical and major role in bringing the cities of the different regions of Ethiopia within easy reach of Addis Ababa, the capital. This effort will be further enhanced with the introduction of the Q400 NextGen aircraft,” Girma Wake said.
    The new aircraft is scheduled to fly demonstration flights around Addis Ababa for invited guests on Tuesday.
    With the recent addition of flight services to Mombasa, Kenya and Monrovia, Liberia, Ethiopian Airlines provides a service to 37 African cities and a total of 58 international destinations spanning four continents.

    http://www.capitalethiopia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12564:ethiopians-midterm-profits-soar&catid=12:local-news&Itemid=4
    - enkelfam, in 2 years
  • Ethiopian Airlines getting ready to join Star Alliance?


    Ethiopian Airlines is seemingly getting ready to finish discussions and negotiations with Star Alliance later this year, likely to coincide with the upswing in traffic carried via Addis Ababa to South Africa for the FIFA World Cup. These suggestions and rumors are now rekindled since the airline has confirmed added aircraft orders and is aggressively renewing its fleet in preparation of things obviously yet to come.

    The airline’s Fokker 50 fleet is being replaced with more modern and larger Bombardier Q400s, with delivery of the first such aircraft reported here last week, and extra B737-800s are due to join the fleet from the middle of 2011 onwards.

    More wide bodies are also on order, such as the Airbus A350 – 12 on order – the B777-200LR - 5 on order – and the long-delayed but now back on track B787 Dreamliner – 10 on order. The new aircraft, when delivered, will allow Ethiopian Airlines to retire their ageing fleet of B767s, which have been a workhorse on the long-distance network.

    Star Alliance will be getting a shot in the arm for their global traffic into Africa, and the geographical position of Ethiopian Airline's home hub of Addis Ababa will further strengthen Star’s competitive efforts to grab the lion’s share of traffic in, out, and across Africa, considering that they already have Egypt Air and South African Airways flying under their banner and covering the different regions of the continent. In fact, Ethiopian Airlines will be bringing an added component into play, considering that they manage an airline in Togo in which they hold a 25 percent stake and which could be very useful in capturing yet more traffic from west Africa into the Star Alliance network. Since the collapse of Air Afrique, in which almost a dozen countries from west Africa were involved, there has been a vacuum in that part of Africa and, the absence of a dominant and strong carrier will only aid Ethiopian Airlines' efforts to give their new west African "baby" added wings.

    Meanwhile, the KLM/Air France led Skyteam will undoubtedly hold more strategy sessions with Kenya Airways of how to counter these developments, for Ethiopian Airlines and Star, and develop their own ballgame via Kenya Airways, which presently is an associate member of Skyteam and playing a vital role in that alliance’s expansion plans and future standing in Africa. Already "patch invasions" are notable, as Ethiopian is now flying a daily scheduled service from Addis to Mombasa, giving convenient connections to their network passengers to the Kenyan beaches, while operating twice daily between Addis and Nairobi already, compared with Kenya Airways single daily service, indicating a disparity in demand for seats on one airline over the other. Addis Ababa is also the seat of the African Union headquarters, besides being the capital of Ethiopia.

    Unlike Kenya Airways, Ethiopian is also already on the lucrative route to Juba, something Kenya Airways is expected to remedy soon, however, especially in view of several private airlines from Kenya already operating to the southern Sudan, who have privately dismissed the concerns Kenya Airways has so far put forward to explain their absence from this important regional destination. In fact, the rest of the region has seen an expansion of flight frequencies to daily and more by Ethiopian, offering convenient connections in both directions for passengers originating in Eastern Africa and overseas travelers on business or holiday transiting in Addis.

    "The battle for the African skies," as dubbed by this correspondent a while ago, is set to intensify, with the two main protagonists being driven by their own strategies and also as proxies of the alliances one already belongs to, and the other one is soon to join. Interesting times ahead for African aviation, especially for the couple of quality airlines holding their own against global competitions on the continent.
    - cyberManHere, in 2 years
  • [B][SIZE="3"] Since the collapse of Air Afrique, in which almost a dozen countries from west Africa were involved, there has been a vacuum in that part of Africa and, the absence of a dominant and strong carrier will only aid Ethiopian Airlines' efforts to give their new west African "baby" added wings.

    I wish we had taken over Air Afrique.
    - Simfan34, in 2 years
  • Ethiopian Airlines getting ready to join Star Alliance?


    Ethiopian Airlines is seemingly getting ready to finish discussions and negotiations with Star Alliance later this year, likely to coincide with the upswing in traffic carried via Addis Ababa to South Africa for the FIFA World Cup. These suggestions and rumors are now rekindled since the airline has confirmed added aircraft orders and is aggressively renewing its fleet in preparation of things obviously yet to come.

    The airline’s Fokker 50 fleet is being replaced with more modern and larger Bombardier Q400s, with delivery of the first such aircraft reported here last week, and extra B737-800s are due to join the fleet from the middle of 2011 onwards.

    More wide bodies are also on order, such as the Airbus A350 – 12 on order – the B777-200LR - 5 on order – and the long-delayed but now back on track B787 Dreamliner – 10 on order. The new aircraft, when delivered, will allow Ethiopian Airlines to retire their ageing fleet of B767s, which have been a workhorse on the long-distance network.

    Star Alliance will be getting a shot in the arm for their global traffic into Africa, and the geographical position of Ethiopian Airline's home hub of Addis Ababa will further strengthen Star’s competitive efforts to grab the lion’s share of traffic in, out, and across Africa, considering that they already have Egypt Air and South African Airways flying under their banner and covering the different regions of the continent. In fact, Ethiopian Airlines will be bringing an added component into play, considering that they manage an airline in Togo in which they hold a 25 percent stake and which could be very useful in capturing yet more traffic from west Africa into the Star Alliance network. Since the collapse of Air Afrique, in which almost a dozen countries from west Africa were involved, there has been a vacuum in that part of Africa and, the absence of a dominant and strong carrier will only aid Ethiopian Airlines' efforts to give their new west African "baby" added wings.

    Meanwhile, the KLM/Air France led Skyteam will undoubtedly hold more strategy sessions with Kenya Airways of how to counter these developments, for Ethiopian Airlines and Star, and develop their own ballgame via Kenya Airways, which presently is an associate member of Skyteam and playing a vital role in that alliance’s expansion plans and future standing in Africa. Already "patch invasions" are notable, as Ethiopian is now flying a daily scheduled service from Addis to Mombasa, giving convenient connections to their network passengers to the Kenyan beaches, while operating twice daily between Addis and Nairobi already, compared with Kenya Airways single daily service, indicating a disparity in demand for seats on one airline over the other. Addis Ababa is also the seat of the African Union headquarters, besides being the capital of Ethiopia.

    Unlike Kenya Airways, Ethiopian is also already on the lucrative route to Juba, something Kenya Airways is expected to remedy soon, however, especially in view of several private airlines from Kenya already operating to the southern Sudan, who have privately dismissed the concerns Kenya Airways has so far put forward to explain their absence from this important regional destination. In fact, the rest of the region has seen an expansion of flight frequencies to daily and more by Ethiopian, offering convenient connections in both directions for passengers originating in Eastern Africa and overseas travelers on business or holiday transiting in Addis.

    "The battle for the African skies," as dubbed by this correspondent a while ago, is set to intensify, with the two main protagonists being driven by their own strategies and also as proxies of the alliances one already belongs to, and the other one is soon to join. Interesting times ahead for African aviation, especially for the couple of quality airlines holding their own against global competitions on the continent.

    Interesting article ET-Arlines, Kenya Airways Net Profit for the lst financial year was deeply eroded due to fuel hoarding(speculative bulk purchases) that did not tally with the oil market read. Hopefully they will overcome that this year.
    - Kisumu Ndogo, in 2 years
  • Interesting article ET-Arlines, Kenya Airways Net Profit for the lst financial year was deeply eroded due to fuel hoarding(speculative bulk purchases) that did not tally with the oil market read. Hopefully they will overcome that this year.

    Not sure I can agree! :lol:
    - Simfan34, in 3 years
  • Ethiopian Airlines to debut NavtechFMS Navigation Data on Universal Avionics


    When Ethiopian Airlines launched its new fleet of Q400 late March 2010 , the aircraft will debut Navtech FMS Navigation Data on the Universal Avionics’ FMS platform. Ethiopian Airlines, based in Addis Ababa, has relied on Navtech, Inc., a leader in flight operations software and services, for FMS Navigation Data for its current fleet of Boeing 737s. Now, it becomes the first Navtech customer to implement its navigation data on Universal Avionics.

    “Establishing an agreement with Universal Avionics is a significant milestone in Navtech’s history of producing data for flight navigation systems,” said Mike Hulley, Navtech CEO. “It’s the icing on the cake to have it debut with a customer with whom we’ve worked so closely and deeply respect. This is a great trio: Navtech, Ethiopian Air and Universal Avionics.”

    Navtech and Universal Avionics launched a partnership, effective with the 1003 ARINC cycle, to enable Navtech to provide data for Universal’s SCN 802/ 902 and 1000/1100 Flight Management Systems. The deal significantly expands Navtech’s ability to support both new and existing customers with specialized flight data.

    Navtech’s Navigation Data Services Group pioneered the development of navigation data for flight management computer systems more than 25 years ago and now more than 150 airlines rely upon the company to supply their data. Airlines that use such systems as General Electric Aviation Systems, CMC Electronics, Honeywell, Thales, as well as Universal Avionics and others receive regular updates with all the data required for their routings. The data is loaded in the systems, enabling the pilots to simply choose their destination and get all the appropriate navigational information - including data for take-offs and landings - needed to complete the trip.

    Navtech navigation databases are managed, maintained and processed by an experienced team of experts in analysis, handling and processing of specialized navigation data. The data is updated and maintained in accordance with the 28-day AIRNC update schedule.
    - cyberManHere, in 3 years
  • http://addisfortune.com/Vol_10_No_520_Images/ethiopian_airlines_future_hq_deisgn.jpg

    The “leading design” for the airline’s future headquarters is actually the “number two” design as Ethiopian chose not to name any of the designs “number one.” This design merges tradition with innovation and envisions a structure with a basement, a mezzanine and four floors above it. Jointly produced by local firm, Ultimate Plan Plc, and Leit-Werk Ltd of London, UK, the structural work of the design is to include a German company, Iproplan. The wide open entrance leads into a large atrium space with a view of the airport and the Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower. It also features a pedestrian bridge that stretches across the atrium to the main office on the upper level; a conference centre on the ground floor and two levels of parking for staff members. However, a formal decision in considering the winning design is yet to be made.


    Ethiopian Airlines is not satisfied with the designs that bidders summitted for the new headquarters it is planning to construct inside its existing compound and is contemplating whether or not to announce an international bid.

    The second to fifth place of the design bid, were announced on Monday, April 11, 2010.

    However, no first place winning design was declared, according to Wogayehu Terefe, acting manager of Public Relations and Publications.

    Ultimate Plan Plc, Sileshi Consult Plc, Mulugeta Asfaw Consult, and Gereta Consult took the positions from second place to fifth place, respectively. Berhanu Mussa Architecture & Engineering had also entered the bid but did not make the top five.

    Ethiopian had invited the tender to hire architectural firms for the design of the building and supervision of the contract on September 19, 2009.

    “Our company is the only one that received a very good result from the airline on the evaluation form,” Samuel Alebel, Technical Assistant of Ultimate Plan Plc, told Fortune.

    The bidders were told by the airline to wait until a formal decision was made as to the next step to be taken, according to Samuel.

    “We are not satisfied with the designs,” Girma Wake, CEO of Ethiopian, told Fortune, “because most of them do not meet the requirements set by the airline. Most likely, we will go for an international bid. However, it is still under process.”

    The future headquarters, which is part of the yet to be disclosed airline’s “Vision 2025,” will solely serve administrative purposes, according to Wogayehu.

    The jury that decided on the designs included Solomon Kassa, Hiyaw Terefe (PhD), and Zegeye Cherinet, all from Addis Abeba University, as well as Yonas from the Addis Abeba City Administration and Asnake (PhD). Solomon was the chairman of the jury.

    “As part of its vision, the airline will increase its human resources capacity is hence construction of this kind is necessary to accommodate the need,” said Wogayehu.

    It is to be recalled that the airline had announced on March 11, 2010, that it exceeded its “Vision 2010” targets in its destinations, operating revenues, and profits.
    http://addisfortune.com/Ethiopian%20Too%20Lofty%20for%20Local%20Designe%20Bidders.htm
    - enkelfam, in 3 years
  • Where is its HQ?

    That design is just average. I want something gorgeous.
    - abesha, in 3 years
  • It seems like the new HQ will be at the same location as the old one.
    In terms of the design, EA will probably go for an international firm because its not satisfied with these designs. We will know in the months to come what the new HQ will look like.
    - enkelfam, in 3 years
  • I meant, where is the current one? I don't remember.
    - abesha, in 3 years
  • I meant, where is the current one? I don't remember.

    Bole ( not 100% sure though, I could be wrong)
    - enkelfam, in 3 years
  • " Ethiopian’s latest move will enhance its products and services by providing real-time information to its customers across the globe

    Press Release, Ethiopian Airlines

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 11, 2010

    Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with InterGlobe Technologies (IGT) – to establish a call center that will provide Ethiopian customers access to its services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The initial phase of the call center service is planned to go live as of June, 2010 covering North America, Europe and Asia. The project will be completed in three phases through October, 2010 covering the rest of the world.

    The call center will compliment the company’s website and e-ticketing activities as customers now have the option to reach Ethiopian via phone at any time. The services encompass reservations, sales, ticketing, flight information, flight irregularity handling, Sheba Miles enrollment and support programs and other similar queries.

    IGT will be managing the call center operations across its centers based in Gurgaon (India) and Cairo (Egypt), supporting calls in English, French, German and Arabic, while setting up the infrastructure and process to handle Amharic and local calls in Addis with the same system. Ethiopian long term objective is to establish a similar call center in Ethiopia. The projected call center is therefore, a precursor to the eventual transfer of technology and capacity building at home.

    Mr. Tewolde G. Mariam, Chief Operating Officer of the airline said, “Our objective has always been to explore ways and means to enhance our services so as to provide efficient and convenient traveling experience to our customers. Hence, our latest move to avail real-time information is part of the effort to increase passengers’ convenience.”

    The call center will enable customers to get accurate information regarding their flight status. The center will have the capacity to reach customers at a short notice and avail information using multi-media channels such as email, SMS, or even calls at preferential outbound rates at all times. “This partnership with Ethiopian Airlines integrates our technology, processes and best practices to provide high quality customer satisfaction to the airline industry,” said Mr. Vipul Doshi, Chief Executive Officer, InterGlobe Technologies. “We are delighted to support Ethiopian Airlines to enhance their passenger experience.” "

    http://nazret.com/blog/index.php?title=ethiopian_airlines_to_establish_24_7_glo&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1
    - Yoniii, in 3 years
  • Lufthansa and Ethiopian Challenges Air France -KLM

    June 10 (Bloomberg) — Ethiopia Airlines is close to signing an agreement to join Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s Star Alliance, French daily Le Figaro reported, citing unidentified executives at the International Air Transport Association.

    Lufthansa will also challenge Air France-KLM Group on one of its most profitable routes by starting a service between Frankfurt and Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo, the newspaper said, citing an unidentified Star Alliance official.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601100&sid=akZjMQ9NeRcE



    Here is another one from the Financial Times:

    Lufthansa and its various affiliates (Brussels Airlines and Swiss) are stepping up the pressure on Air France-KLM by directly challenging the Franco-Dutch airline in its most profitable market. For the African continent has not only proved to be a safe haven for the airline industry during the current crisis, but has also become a big moneymaker for Air France-KLM. The Franco-Dutch carrier commands a 30 per cent share of the passenger market between Europe and Africa. The substantial profits it makes on these African routes have in part helped offset the losses in its American, Asian and European operations.

    But the competition is heating up. Not only from US and Middle East airlines increasingly targeting the promising African air travel market, but mainly from its biggest continental European rival, Lufthansa. The German flag-carrier has been steadily expanding its presence in Africa. It is also expected to enlist soon into its Star Alliance group Ethiopian Airlines with the idea of turning Addis Ababa into a new African hub.

    With African air travel expected to grow by about 3.7 per cent this year rising to 5 per cent next year and 5.5 per cent in 2012, the Franco-German dogfight over African skies is bound to intensify. And unlike the other skirmishes between the two countries that, among other things, risk undermining the euro and the eurozone economy, this particular competition is likely to have beneficial results for consumers. It is bound to help reduce the current inflated cost of air travel to Africa. After all, this is exactly what happened when Virgin decided to break the old British Airways and South African Airways duopoly on the exorbitantly expensive London to Cape Town and Johannesburg routes.

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/a92b63bc-74f6-11df-aed7-00144feabdc0.html
    - enkelfam, in 3 years
  • ^^ It finally looks like things are starting to pop-off! :banana: It's just a matter of time before Addis Ababa (Bole) takes over the #1 spot from Nairobi. :D

    Ethiopian Airlines will be a great contribute to Star Alliance as the biggest player on the African continent when it comes to the number of destinations.
    - Yoniii, in 4 years
  • Where is its HQ?

    That design is just average. I want something gorgeous.

    Same thing with the KQ headquarters. Looks like our airlines don't really go for fancy buildings.
    - Kenguy, in 4 years
  • Where is its HQ?

    That design is just average. I want something gorgeous.

    I think it's a wonderful design, when it is built, you'll see!

    And the translated originial Le Figaro article:

    Lufthansa tackles Air France's African turf

    The battle for Africa is only beginning. According to our information, Ethiopian Airlines is preparing to sign an agreement with Star Alliance to join the alliance dominated by Lufthansa. Several executives of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have confirmed the report in Le Figaro. The new recruit will give new impetus to the implementation of the German company in Africa. Historically, Lufthansa has always focused on the North American and Asia. Until recently, the company served only South Africa, East Africa and Egypt. But three years ago, it opens up lines go all-in backyard of Air France.

    The Lufthansa Group, composed of Lufthansa, Swiss and Brussels Airlines now flies to 38 destinations in Africa, Air France is much that makes a difference on the number of frequencies. The German company also does not hide it bought Brussels Airlines, the ex-Sabena, pioneering company in Africa, in 2008 for its African network.

    With the arrival of Ethiopian in the Star Alliance, the airline will be able to Addis Ababa a platform for connecting flights from Europe and those destined for the African States and to impose its leadership on east of the continent, to Air France very established, to the west. "Ethiopian has a very powerful African home network, says it at Lufthansa. We have already increased our frequency to Addis Ababa and improved the timing of our frequencies between Germany and Ethiopia. "

    The German does not allow the West to Air France. It has already launched on the most profitable lines of the company tricolor. The group serves as Luanda (Angola) and Libreville (Gabon), while Swiss and Brussels Airlines fly between Douala and other Yaounde (Cameroon).

    A part of Star Alliance, Lufthansa is expected to announce in coming days to launch a line between Frankfurt and Pointe-Noire (Congo), the second line's most profitable global network of Air France. For its part, Brussels Airlines has opened three destinations in West Africa: Cotonou (Benin), Lome (Togo) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). "Air France, which is dominant, can only lose market share," says one Lufthansa. The German company also announced further study the opening of roads competing with Air France in West Africa and particularly in Congo.

    "Low rates"

    The beginning of real competition in Africa after years of near monopoly lights should nevertheless not be summed up well in a Paris against the opposition of hubs in Frankfurt, Zurich and Brussels. Gulf companies are getting into effect, too, little by little in the battle. "They represent a relative hazard between the U.S. and Africa because of their geographical location, says one analyst. For cons, the threat is formidable between Africa and Asia, including China. "At the moment Gulf Air and Etihad are confined to eastern Africa, but Emirates already serves 12 cities in black Africa, which Luanda, the most profitable line of the French company.

    "This increased competition should lead to lower fares on its roads and reduce the margins of Air France in Africa," says one analyst. The company should nevertheless remain a leader in the West African routes. The question remains how much market share it will lose.
    - Simfan34, in 4 years
  • Not sure I can agree! :lol:

    KQ. They did make a profit afterall.
    Kenya Airways has flown out of turbulent times with a pre-tax profit of Sh2.6 billion for the full year ended March 31, 2010, compared to a Sh5.6 billion loss recorded in the last period.

    This represents a 147.2 per cent increase.
    The rise, according to managing director Titus Naikuni, is due to savings the airline made on its fuel hedging policy and exchange rates. During the financial year, there was a significant drop in jet fuel prices of about 29.6 per cent due to combination of volume consumption and favourable exchange rates.

    Fuel costs
    “Our fuel costs, excluding hedge costs, decreased by Sh5.7 billion over the period compared to the previous year,” Mr Naikuni told journalists at an investor briefing in Nairobi on Friday.

    http://www.nation.co.ke/image/view/-/932222/highRes/166115/-/maxw/600/-/99g7ln/-/PIX.jpg
    The strengthening of the US dollar against the Kenyan shilling resulted in huge savings for the airline. It conducts its transactions in the dollar, which averaged at Sh76.67 in the financial year. Despite the strong indications of the firms’ determination to get out of the woods, its expenditure still shot through the clouds. Capital expenditure grew by 52.3 per cent, with analysts pointing out that this would be the bane of the airline’s performance going forward.
    - Kisumu Ndogo, in 4 years
  • KQ. They did make a profit afterall.

    I meant I wasn't sure if I wanted them to be sucessful- that would mean more competition for EAL! :lol:
    - Simfan34, in 4 years
  • Ethiopian Airlines is seeking to expand its African presence by creating airline startups across the continent.

    It launched Lome-based ASKY Airlines in January (ATWOnline, January 21). CEO Girma Wake previously told ATWOnline that Ethiopian has a 25% stake in ASKY, which has a diverse ownership spread among individuals and institutions in 11 African countries. The carrier operates to 11 destinations and will take delivery of its third 737NG during the summer. "ASKY has become profitable already," Wake told ATWOnline this week on the sidelines of the IATA AGM in Berlin.

    He said ET is evaluating launching additional airlines in southern or northern Africa. "But first we want to [solidify] ASKY," he explained. He did not rule out investing in existing African carriers. "We are talking to [some airlines]," he revealed. A further possibility could be to join forces with another major African airline to launch a startup, he said. He also reiterated that ET would like to join Star Alliance.

    ET operates 26 jet aircraft (including a freighter fleet of two 747Fs, two MD-11Fs and two 757-200Fs) and nine turboprops. "We take delivery of our first 777-200LR this autumn," Wake said. A total of five 777-200LRs will arrive through July 2011. It will take delivery of three 737-800s during the remainder of this year. He added that delivery of the carrier's first 787 is confirmed "for July 2011." It has 10 787s on order.

    ET operates an extensive network, including 14 weekly flights to both China and India. Wake said it is considering new Asian destinations such as Malaysia and South Korea. It also is evaluating additional US routes including New York JFK, Atlanta or even a West Coast destination. It currently serves Washington Dulles.

    He noted that ET faces stiff competition from non-African airlines within Africa. "Carriers like Emirates and Qatar are fighting like crazy across the continent," he said. "But so far there is business for everyone."

    Wake expects ET to grow passenger traffic at the rate of 20% annually. Currently, 60%-70% of its passengers transfer through its Addis Ababa hub. It expects to transport around 3 million passengers this year, up from 2.8 million last year. Cargo remains an important part of its business, generating 18% of total revenue. He said it is considering operating 777 freighters "in the future."

    http://atwonline.com/airline-finance-data/news/ethiopian-moves-broaden-foothold-africa-0610#comment-8371

    Only if the country was run efficiently like ET ...
    - enkelfam, in 4 years
  • Only if the country was run efficiently like ET ...
    Girma Wake for president! :D
    - Yoniii, in 4 years
  • Girma Wake for president! :D

    No, Girma Wake for Prime Minister!

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3387/3271067671_092f7f8661.jpg
    - Simfan34, in 4 years
  • ETV News (in Amharic):

    http://www.ethiotube.net/video/9627/ETV-News--Ethiopian-Airlines-expanding-domestic-flights
    - Yoniii, in 4 years
  • Ethiopian Airlines enters the Russian market

    Ethiopian Airlines trusts in Aviareps' expertise and extends cooperation to Russia
    *Africa’s largest airline enters new market with great sales potential


    Monday, June 28, 2010

    Ethiopian Airlines advances its expansion plans and now enters the Russian market. To establish the brand locally, Africa’s largest airline chose Aviareps as its sales and marketing representative. With this new collaboration both parties continue their successful partnership. In Russia the multinational market leader will promote the attractive service range of Ethiopia’s flag carrier. Thanks to the extensive partner network, numerous feeder flights offered by Lufthansa and Aeroflot connect to Ethiopian Airlines’ flights leaving from the major European hubs in London (United Kingdom), Rome (Italy), Frankfurt (Germany), Paris (France), and Brussels (Belgium).

    Founded in 1945, Ethiopian Airlines operates from its base in Addis Ababa and serves a total of 3424 direct and connecting flights to 58 international destinations in Africa, the Middle East and North America. In Europe the national carrier offers flights to six destinations (Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome and Stockholm). Within Ethiopia, Africa’s largest airline connects 17 domestic destinations.

    Ethiopian Airlines is working on establishing the newest and youngest fleet and invests in the latest aviation technology. The airline already operates a modern fleet consisting of 29 Boeing aircraft (10 B767-300ERs, 8 B757-200ERs, 5 B737-700s, 2 B737-800s, 2 B757-360Fs and 2 B 747-200Fs), five Fokker 50, two Bombardier aircraft Q400 and two MD-11F.

    In the coming years the fleet will continue to grow. The airline already ordered five Boeing B777-300 LR, ten Boeing B737-800 jets (delivery scheduled for November 2011), 10 Boeing B 787 Dreamliner jets, six Bombardier Q400 and 12 Airbus A350-900. With its growing fleet, Ethiopian Airlines can look forward to a splendid future air transport service both for passengers and for cargo.

    The national carrier not only impresses with its high technological and service standards, but also with its commitment to social responsibility. In 2008, Ethiopian Airlines created the “Fly Greener” campaign to improve the local environment by planting trees in Ethiopia. Since the launch of this initiative more than 7.5 million seedlings have been distributed to various areas of southern Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s flag carrier recently extended this campaign and now pledges to plant one tree for every passenger flown with Ethiopian Airlines.

    SOURCE LINK (http://www.traveldailynews.com/pages/show_page/37697-Ethiopian-Airlines-trusts-in-Aviareps%27-expertise-and-extends-cooperation-to-Russia)
    - yosef, in 4 years
  • i dont think KQ can keep up with ethiopian airways. you guys are spread allover the world backed by a new mordern airport. kenya is stuck with a colonial era airport:ohno:
    - nairoberry, in 4 years
  • i dont think KQ cannot keep up with ethiopian airways. you guys are spread allover the world backed by a new mordern airport. kenya is stuck with a colonial era airport:ohno:
    EA is expanding at an incredible speed, and we haven't even joined the Star Alliance yet.

    Isn't Kenya building a new high class terminal in Nairobi?
    - Yoniii, in 4 years
  • Ethiopian flying higher

    Ethiopian Airlines is about to unveil a strategic plan that promises to evolve the national flag carrier into one big holding company with skyscraper revenues, Capital has learnt.
    The strategic plan, Vision 2025, currently being discussed with employees, is expected to be launched next year and unveiled to the public in the coming few months.

    Coming in the wake of a successful completion of its vision 2010 strategy, which has transformed the airline to a one billion dollar company carrying 3 million passengers annually by 2009, a year ahead of target, the latest Vision 2025 outlines bold targets: transforming Ethiopian into a holding company is at the helm of the agenda. According to a draft strategic plan document Capital obtained, Ethiopian’s corporate goals by 2025 are to become the leading and most diversified aviation group in Africa by forming what will be known as The Ethiopian group.
    International passenger network, Domestic network, Cargo network, Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) business, Aviation Academy, In-flight Catering and Ground Services are the envisioned independent business units that will come under the umbrella of The Ethiopian Group.
    Separating and developing the international passenger service from other operations to build a world class, independent and internationally focused passenger airline is targeted to be done by 2020.
    A strong and profitable cargo business set apart from the passenger service to establish cargo as a profitable subsidiary of the airline is also a target to be met in the same year.
    In only two years Ethiopian plans, to transform domestic service to effectively serve the domestic and regional market.
    Eight Q-400 Next Generation turboprop aircraft, from Canadian Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Inc, were purchased this year. According to Beza Tesfaye, Ethiopian Fleet Planning Manager, a study undertaken in 2008 led the airline to select Bombardier to enhance the domestic service and supplement regional routes.
    Building up the necessary maintenance capability and human resource requirement in the Maintenance & Engineering (M&E) division and by 2015 setting up the whole M&E as a separate MRO unit under the holding company that independently serves the airline and third parties is also what Ethiopian envisions in the strategic period.
    Speeding up the pace for having a profitable and independent catering unit under the holding company as well as creating an independent catering business for Ethiopian and other airlines is also scheduled by 2015. The flag carrier also wants to continue to create a strong Ethiopian aviation academy.

    7 billion dollar revenue
    Among the bold strategic targets set to be realized at the end of year 15 is to pocket 7 billion dollars in annual revenue. The figures should come with an operating profit of 1 billion dollars as well.
    They hope to achieve an average growth rate of 20% in the first five years and 5-15% thereafter during the strategic period.
    “Sustaining cost leadership status of the Airline-besides the cost advantages being gained from low cost of living and labour here in Ethiopia - Ethiopian has planned to pursue the possibility of cost advantages from the synergy within Ethiopian Airlines group,” the draft strategic document elaborates.
    Ethiopian’s financial books have been a source of pride for CEO Girma Wake and the management as seen in the official figures of five consecutive years of growth.
    In the current 2009/10 fiscal year the airline is expected to announce record growth. Last March Capital reported that Ethiopian pocketed a 1.2 billion birr profit in the first six months of the current 2009/10 fiscal year. The profit is more than double the 515 million birr profit earned in the same period of 2008/09.
    81 Aircraft
    As per the latest data available Ethiopian currently has a fleet mix of 61% leased and 39% owned aircraft excluding F50s.
    According to the assessment made to supplement the draft strategic plan most of the leased aircraft lease period will terminate in 2012/13.
    The assessment also recommended not extending the lease of the wide body since most will be old after 2013/14.
    ET is also experiencing difficulties in terms of operation and maintenance and in the quality of its cabin service products due to leasing their planes. They’ve had to replace the old generation fleet with a new generation state-of-the-art aircraft.
    To keep the average fleet age of the airline to below 10 years and the lease owned ratio of the fleet at a 40:60 level are key objectives outlined in the Vision 2025.
    Ethiopian currently has 36 aircraft but another 44 including twelve from Airbus and 10 787 DreamLiner jets from Boeing are on their way. Bringing those orders on board and replacing the old ones, Ethiopian aims to operate 81 small, mid size and long range aircraft by 2023/2024 in addition to the cargo aircraft.
    “ECA guaranteed loans along with commercial loans are anticipated as a means of financing the airplanes. Other options like Islamic Financing will also be explored and applied during the project period,” Ethiopian’s draft strategic document has detailed.
    Among first targets, one is attaining a 4 star Skytrax quality rating by 2015 after the delivery of all the 10 Boeing 787 dream liner aircraft.

    91 International Destinations
    Ethiopian, by 2023/24, hopes to attain 11 million and 1.5 million international and domestic passengers annually.
    According to the strategic plan, within the 15 years, 8 new destinations in Europe & America, 11 new destinations in Asia & Middle East and 19 new destinations in Africa are expected to be opened.
    The overall growth should open more than 91 international destinations for the flag carrier.
    Currently Ethiopian, which has 5,358, employees, reaches to 58 international destinations including 37 in Africa.
    According to Ethiopian Public Relations the whole strategic plan is currently being discussed with employees of various divisions of the airline.

    http://www.capitalethiopia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13037:ethiopian-flying-higher&catid=12:local-news&Itemid=4
    - enkelfam, in 4 years
  • Wow! That is some bold stuff. I love it!
    - abesha, in 4 years
  • Congra! EAL, This is a very bold vision we need to have in Ethiopia, one thing lost in this plan will be making EAL public - govt owned corporate and making way to create a stock market for the company. I think this will be a good way to finance most of the expansion work than borrowing and putting stress on the financial statement.
    - teklu, in 4 years
  • Ethiopian Airlines has been honored as among the World's Top 25 Airlines, when measured by Net Profit, in a report published by Air Transport World (ATW) magazine. According to the latest data available for Ethiopia's flag carrier, the airliner made a net profit of $127.7 million, making it Africa's most profitable airline and 16th most profitable in the world.

    The World's most profitable airline is Dubai based, Emirates, which made a whopping $963.5 million in net profit. Based on operating revenue, the world's largest airline is Lufthansa Group with a total revenue of more than $31 Billion followed by Air France KLM and Delta Airlines.

    Delta is the World's largest airline by the number of passengers transported, followed by Southwest and American Airlines.

    Ethiopian airlines transported nearly 3 million passengers, an increase of 6.3% from prior fiscal year. Its profit for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2009 was a 165% increase over the prior year's figure. :cheers:

    Ethiopian airlines operates 26 jet aircraft (including a freighter fleet of two 747Fs, two MD-11Fs and two 757-200Fs) and nine turboprops. It will take delivery of the first of five Boeing 777-200LRs it has on order in the second half of this year. It also will receive three new Boeing 737-800s by year end. Delivery of the first of 10 Boeing 787s on order is scheduled for July 2011. It also ordered 12 A350s last summer, set to begin delivering in 2016.

    Ethiopian operates an extensive network, including 14 weekly flights to both China and India. Ethiopian CEO Girma Wake expects passenger traffic to grow at the rate of 20% annually.

    Tragedy struck in January when an ET 737-800 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after takeoff from Beirut, killing all 90 passengers and crew. Flight 409 was en route to Addis Ababa and was carrying mostly Lebanese and Ethiopian passengers.

    http://nazret.com/blog/index.php?title=ethiopian_airlines_ranks_16th_most_profi&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

    http://africannewslive.com/?p=10996
    - enkelfam, in 4 years
  • :applause::applause::applause:

    It's amazing that EA even survived through all the different regimes and they are still going strong.
    - Yoniii, in 4 years
  • :applause::applause::applause:

    It's amazing that EA even survived through all the different regimes and they are still going strong.

    I have said it before, if only the other state corporations were run like EA is run, we would have been one of the top economies in the world.
    What is missing is the leadership to bring the talent under one roof and create profitable institutions. ETC could have been just as profitable and increased access to the millions of people :bash:
    - enkelfam, in 4 years
  • Hi,does anybody know which aircraft will operate between ADD-DEL-PEK?

    77L seems not very reasonable if via DEL

    How about 787, will they fly to east asia as the first african airlines
    - CPHbane, in 4 years
  • Hi,does anybody know which aircraft will operate between ADD-DEL-PEK?

    77L seems not very reasonable if via DEL

    How about 787, will they fly to east asia as the first african airlines

    Not quite sure which air craft is used on that route right now, but it wont be the 787 since Boeing has delayed the delivery so many times.
    - enkelfam, in 5 years
  • They are now using the 767 , they will probably use 777 once they get delivery. orderd 5 , the first due end of 2010.
    - Vildana, in 5 years
  • Ethiopian Airlines to launch 777-200LR service to Washington Dec 2010

    As per 05AUG10 GDS timetable display, Ethiopian Airlines is introducing NEW 321-seater Boeing 777-200LR aircraft to its fleet this Winter season. Per display, Boeing 777-200LR is to enter service on 15DEC10 to Washington.

    Schedule details and configurations below:

    Service operates via Rome on westbound flight will continue, but eastbound flight will operate as nonstop, eliminating Rome stopover (saves overall travel time by 2hrs 35mins). Also, overall frequency increases from 6 weekly to Daily.

    With the increase in frequency and capacity, capacity to Washington is to be increased by roughly 770 – 820 seats per week, round trip basis.

    ET500 ADD2215 – 0235+1FCO0320+1 – 0735+1IAD 77L D
    ET501 IAD1200 – 0825+1ADD 77L D

    Ethiopian 777-200LR Configuration
    Cloud Nine Class 34 Seats
    Row 1-5
    Layout AC – DFH – JL
    Exception Row 1 AC – DH – JL
    “Premium Seat” Row 1DH

    Economy Class 287 Seats
    Row 11 – 43
    Layout ABC – DFH – JKL
    Exception Row
    29 DFH
    42 AC – DFH – JL
    43 AC – DFH – JL

    Exit Row 30
    “Premium Seat”
    Row 11 ABC – DFH – JKL
    Row 16-18 C D H J
    Row 30 ABC – DH – JKL

    http://airlineroute.net/2010/08/05/et-iad-77l/

    Btw, im verry impressed with ET's expansion, performance and growth (especially the article on the top of this page), this Airline is emerging as a major continental player.
    - egypt69, in 5 years
  • http://airlineroute.net/2010/08/05/et-iad-77l/

    Btw, im verry impressed with ET's expansion, performance and growth (especially the article on the top of this page), this Airline is emerging as a major continental player.

    I don't think it's emerging as a major continental player. It has long been a major continental player. It's now emerging as a continental leader, as you can see from the article. Its profits are more than all the other African carriers combined.
    - Hersh, in 5 years
  • That is all incredibly impressive, it really is. But with all due respect, before naming ET as a Continental Leader, shouldnt factors such as fleet size, destinations, passenger numbers, be considered, and not only profits?

    ET currently has a fleet of 26 Jet Aircraft only...but like I said, they have impressive aircraft on order.
    - egypt69, in 5 years
  • That is all incredibly impressive, it really is. But with all due respect, before naming ET as a Continental Leader, shouldnt factors such as fleet size, destinations, passenger numbers, be considered, and not only profits?

    ET currently has a fleet of 26 Jet Aircraft only...but like I said, they have impressive aircraft on order.

    At the end of the day, for any business, it's the profit that matters. You don't have to have an array of crafts to be efficient. Size without passengers, doesn't make sense. Small fleet with smart scheduling is a wise move. ET is smart in that department i.e. selecting its routs & scheduling them wisely. As passenger number grows, of course, ET has to upgrade its fleet - that's what they are doing right now.
    - Ahadu, in 5 years
  • Ethiopian Airlines announced that it has signed a purchase agreement with Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH of Austria for ten pilot training aircraft and one stimulator, in a statement received by nazret.com. The aircraft will be equipped with the new Austro Engine AE300 power plant.

    Ethiopian Airlines CEO Mr. Girma Wake and Diamond Aircraft Industries’ CEO Mr. Christian Dries signed the agreement on July 29, 2010. The total cost of the aircraft and simulator are valued at 3.7 million Euros at list price. The aircraft will be delivered in eight months time from the date of the agreement and the first four aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in November 2010.

    According to the CEO Mr. Girma the decision to purchase the equipment was based on the airlines mission statement and core values to provide the highest training standards by investing on world class training equipments. He added, “The recent order will enable us to maintain our on-going training to the highest international level for our cadet flight crews. “

    Backed by industry reputation of over 60 years, Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy has become a powerful source of the African aviation training. The Academy is committed to developing and providing a competent workforce for Ethiopian Airlines in particular and the aviation industry for the region in general. The academy runs concurrent training and development programs covering pilots, cabin crew, technicians and conducts comprehensive courses in marketing and leadership management.

    http://nazret.com/blog/index.php?title=ethiopian_airlines_purchases_10_pilot_tr_1&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1
    - enkelfam, in 5 years
  • That is all incredibly impressive, it really is. But with all due respect, before naming ET as a Continental Leader, shouldnt factors such as fleet size, destinations, passenger numbers, be considered, and not only profits?

    ET currently has a fleet of 26 Jet Aircraft only...but like I said, they have impressive aircraft on order.

    It's all a matter of what factors you are measuring. There is no Airline in the world that leads everyone in Everything. By measure of profit, then Ethiopia is certainly an African leader.

    But like I said, "it's emerging." It doesn't mean it's outright captured the title yet. But at the current pace, it seems to be headed in that direction. It may not be a clear leader for a long time to come though.

    In the mean time, however, I simply wanted to point out that it's not "emerging as a major continental player." It has been recognized as a major continental player for a while by the aviation industry.
    - Hersh, in 5 years
  • That is all incredibly impressive, it really is. But with all due respect, before naming ET as a Continental Leader, shouldnt factors such as fleet size, destinations, passenger numbers, be considered, and not only profits?

    ET currently has a fleet of 26 Jet Aircraft only...but like I said, they have impressive aircraft on order.

    Well overall, EAL operates some 45 aircraft. This compares to the 50 of SAA, the 38 of Tunisair, the 58 of RAM, and the 33 of Air Algerie. However it cannot compare to the 66 of EgyptAir :lol:. With it's 40-odd orders, Ethiopian's fleet should be pushing 85 and even over 100 with options, accounting for replacement. Ethiopian operates "59 international and 17 domestic destinations" (that's straight from the website), which is equal to the 76 of EgyptAir. Ethiopian ranks in the top 5 African airlines in terms of passenger numbers and has seen tremendous growth that will likely continue.

    I think it is safe to call EAL a "continental leader". :)
    - Simfan34, in 5 years
  • Civil aviation authorities in Djibouti have denied the Ethiopian Airlines permits for operation flights last week, reliable sources disclosed to Fortune. Ethiopia’s national flag carrier has subsequently suspended its scheduled passenger flights to Djibouti indefinitely, as of August 1, 2010, Fortune has confirmed.

    Officials at Ethiopian were unwilling to comment on the details of the cancellation, except to say that it was due to “operational reasons.”

    “There are negotiations going on between the two countries,” Girma Wake, chief executive officer (CEO) of the airline, told Fortune. “They have some demands . . . The suspension is only until some sort of agreement is reached.”

    Djibouti has long voiced its unhappiness about the type of aircraft used for flights to its airport and has been demanding the Ethiopian government to provide a Boeing 737 aircraft, sources disclosed.

    Ethiopian Airlines used to fly Fokker 50 aircraft but changed to new Q400 aircraft after acquiring five from Canadian plane manufacturer, Bombardier, in March 2010.

    “Despite the demand of Djibouti for a Boeing aircraft . . . , the national flag carrier has not complied because of a lack of the large number of passengers [required] to warrant such an aircraft,” according to sources. “Even if the airline was to somehow manage to send a Boeing 737 the destination, the number of passengers, even in peak season, would not be enough to fill the aircraft.”

    Ethiopian Airlines currently has a total of 41 aircraft, including 10 Boeing 767-300s, eight Boeing 757-200s, two cargo Boeing 757-260Fs, two cargo Boeing 747F, two cargo MD-11Fs, five Boeing 737-700NGs, two Boeing 737-800Ws, five Bombardier Q400s, and five Fokker 50s.

    The airline, which flies to 38 African destinations, has a total of 50 aircraft on order, including 10 Boeing 787 DreamLiner jets, which were the first of their kind to be ordered by any airline on the continent.
    source (http://www.addisfortune.com/Djibouti%20Denies%20Ethiopian%20Flights%20Operation%20Permit.htm)
    - Yoniii, in 5 years
  • ^^That's just bizarre?! Why would they request a big plane when there aren't enough passengers? Why does it matter??
    - abesha, in 5 years
  • ^^That's just bizarre?! Why would they request a big plane when there aren't enough passengers? Why does it matter??

    They don't like the fact that it's such a small plane. Childish, rather surprising.
    - Simfan34, in 5 years
  • Ethiopian Airlines and the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) of the United States have signed an agreement worth over 1.6 billion USD to support the financing of five B777-200LR and ten B787-8 aircraft and General Electric spare engines.

    At a ceremony held at the 9th African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum in Washington DC on August 02, 2010, the financing documents were signed by Ethiopian Airlines CEO Girma Wake and Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg.

    According to a press release Ethiopian sent to WIC, the magnitude of the transaction represents the first of its kind for the support of the African aviation industry.

    Upon signing the agreement Girma Wake said, “Ethiopian would like to thank the management and Board of the US Ex-Im Bank for their unreserved support to Ethiopian Airlines. This agreement has significant contribution towards the development and growth of our airline.”

    He added, “Our sincere thanks also go to the African governments, leaders and our customers for the unwavering support to the success of Ethiopian Airlines. The signing of this agreement reaffirms the principles and objectives for which the AGOA stands and vividly reflects the forum’s firm commitment to advance the growth of the aviation industry in Africa.”

    The US Ex-Im Bank President and Chairman Fred P. Hochberg said, “It is a pleasure to continue to work with and support one of Africa’s premier air carrier, Ethiopian Airlines. In fact, looking back at our relationship and discussing our latest transaction with our transportation team and Boeing, our relationship with Ethiopian Airlines is one of the best in the world. I want to thank Ethiopian Airlines, Boeing and our transportation team for making this possible and I look forward to strengthening this relationship.”

    The successful and mutually advantageous bondage between the U.S. Ex-Im Bank and Ethiopian Airlines has been developed over the last 30 years, culminating in more than 1.6 billion in Ex-Im Bank’s approval of final and preliminary commitments to support the export of the five Boeing 777-200LR aircraft and ten Boeing 787-8 aircraft and the General Electric spare engines for Ethiopian Airlines.

    The 9th AGOA Forum brought together high-level officials and business leaders of Africa and the US to promote trade and economic ties between the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa.

    http://www.waltainfo.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=22822&Itemid=134

    Good job
    - enkelfam, in 5 years
  • They don't like the fact that it's such a small plane. Childish, rather surprising.
    Could that really be the only reason? It sounds absurd.

    It would be interesting read an official reason, hasn't the Djibouti media reported anything about this?
    - Yoniii, in 5 years
  • http://www.waltainfo.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=22822&Itemid=134

    “It is a pleasure to continue to work with and support one of Africa’s premier air carrier, Ethiopian Airlines. In fact, looking back at our relationship and discussing our latest transaction with our transportation team and Boeing, our relationship with Ethiopian Airlines is one of the best in the world. I want to thank Ethiopian Airlines, Boeing and our transportation team for making this possible and I look forward to strengthening this relationship.”

    Good job

    Those are some powerful words. Good job indeed.
    - Yoniii, in 5 years
  • Could that really be the only reason? It sounds absurd.

    It would be interesting read an official reason, hasn't the Djibouti media reported anything about this?

    There seems to be no other explanation. I'd say concern over the safety of the Fokker 50, but those have been replaced with brand new planes. Unless the article is missing something, that's the only reason I could think of, I'd like to believe there was another cause.

    Those were very kind words from Mr. Hochberg.
    - Simfan34, in 6 years
  • Could that really be the only reason? It sounds absurd.

    It would be interesting read an official reason, hasn't the Djibouti media reported anything about this?

    Wondering about it too, working on it. I'll let you know if I find anything...
    - Ras Siyan, in 6 years
  • Meanwhile, lets please keep the forums free of "national pride" and getting all emotional. There are active Djiboutians among you in this Ethiopian section...

    Thanks,
    - Ras Siyan, in 6 years
  • Wondering about it too, working on it. I'll let you know if I find anything...
    Thanks! I am sure they will solve the issue, but it would interesting to see the reason.

    You are more than welcome, it's nice to have non-Ethiopian regulars here. Ignore people that goes "too far".
    - Yoniii, in 7 years
  • Ethiopian Airlines plans Beijing as its East Asian hub

    Source: China Hospitality

    Beijing, the capital of China, is scheduled to become the East Asian aviation hub for Ethiopian Airlines, due to the fast development in economy and trade between China and Africa.

    The carrier has said that it hopes to build a bridge linking China and Africa and it already considers Beijing as its aviation hub in East Asia as tourists from surrounding regions are able to transfer onto flights from Beijing.

    In peak season, the airlines' passenger load factor often exceeds 90% on flights between Africa and China. The airline is finding it hard to keep up with the demand from China as more and more Chinese people want to travel to Africa.

    Currently about 60% of the Chinese passengers are technicians and 25% are individual tourists.

    The company said it will team up with Chinese travel agencies to bring more Chinese tourists to Ethiopia and this will be one of the company's key strategies in the future.

    Ethiopian Airlines hopes to launch services to Shanghai or Hangzhou in the near future. It currently operates the Beijing to Addis Ababa route with 245-seat Boeing 767 aircraft. It plans to use the 348-seat Boeing 777 aircraft instead at the end of 2010.
    Source (http://www.chinahospitalitynews.com/en/2010/08/19/17313-beijing-to-be-aviation-hub-for-ethiopian-airlines/)
    - Yoniii, in 7 years
  • Thanks! I am sure they will solve the issue, but it would interesting to see the reason.

    You are more than welcome, it's nice to have non-Ethiopian regulars here. Ignore people that goes "too far".

    Indeed your so kind to say such nice thing to Ras.

    :)
    - ja'far, in 7 years
  • Thanks! I am sure they will solve the issue, but it would interesting to see the reason.

    You are more than welcome, it's nice to have non-Ethiopian regulars here. Ignore people that goes "too far".

    Thanks Yonii, sorry just saw your message. Don't u worry about me, no matter the comments of some people, if I still keep being active in this Ethiopian section it's because of kind people like you...
    - Ras Siyan, in 7 years
  • Ottawa, Canada (August 26, 2010) – Mxi® Technologies, the leader in aviation maintenance management software, announced today that Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian), one of Africa’s leading domestic and international passenger carriers, has selected Maintenix® software to provide maintenance management for their modern and growing fleet.

    “As one of Africa’s fastest-growing airlines, Ethiopian required a maintenance management solution that could easily scale to meet our evolving requirements both for the airline business which is equipping itself with modern aircraft and the MRO business which is expanding rapidly” says Girma Wake, CEO, Ethiopian. “In evaluating vendors it became apparent that Mxi Technologies’ software was the best solution capable of supporting the increasing sophistication of our fleet and our rigorous demands for compliance control.”

    The Maintenix software will be implemented enterprise-wide and provide full-footprint functionality, including engineering, maintenance, and materials management, for all aircraft across the Ethiopian organization. Maintenix will also be implemented at Ethiopian’s MRO facilities, which is recognized as one of the leading maintenance hubs in Africa. In implementing the full breadth and depth of the Maintenix solution, Ethiopian will benefit from a boost in efficiency and productivity gains supported by consolidated business information and industry-leading functionality. Mxi’s Maintenix software wholly replaces Ethiopian’s legacy maintenance management solution, Maxi-Merlin, as well as a number of other supporting systems.

    “We are extremely pleased to welcome Ethiopian to the Mxi customer community,” says Les Hine, President and CEO, Mxi Technologies. “Not only are we encouraged by our growing customer base, the selection by Ethiopian also further distinguishes the Maintenix software as the solution of choice for airlines operating next-generation aircraft.”

    Ethiopian will be among the first of the world’s airlines to implement Maintenix for the 787 following the aircraft’s introduction to the fleet.
    Source (http://www.amtonline.com/article/article.jsp?siteSection=1&id=11615)
    - Yoniii, in 7 years
  • ETHIOPIAN AILRINES TO CO-OPERATE WITH WEST AFRICAN AIRLINE ASKY
    ADDIS ABABA, Aug 31 (NNN-ENA) -- Ethiopian Airlines, in co-operation with its partner, ASKY Airlines, is to introduce new connectivity between West Africa and Ethiopian’s worldwide network effective from Sept 1, 2010.

    Accordingly, the Ethiopian flag carrier said heer Monday that passengers from Freetown, Monrovia, Conakry, Cotonou, Abidjan, Banjul and Niamey will have more and improved connectivity to Addis Ababa, East Africa, the Middle East, and Asia with ASKY’s new flights effective from Sept 5, 2010.

    ASKY is a West and Central African regional carrier based in Lome, Togo.

    Specifically, Cotonou will get daily connectivity to Ethiopian’s network, and Abidjan will get six weekly connections, three via ASKY aircraft and three via Ethiopian aircraft. On this date, Ethiopian will transfer its operations at Monrovia to ASKY.

    The enhanced co-operation between ASKY and Ethiopian Airlines will make connectivity between West Africa and Ethiopian’s vast network throughout East Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, including such destinations as Bombay, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Beirut, Cairo, Tel Aviv, and Nairobi.http://namnewsnetwork.org/v2/read.php?id=131774
    - hakz2007, in 7 years
  • ETHIOPIAN AILRINES TO CO-OPERATE WITH WEST AFRICAN AIRLINE ASKY
    http://namnewsnetwork.org/v2/read.php?id=131774

    Doesn't Ethiopian have the controlling stake in ASKY?
    - Simfan34, in 7 years
  • After suspending its daily flight to Djibouti for two weeks, the Ethiopian Airlines resumed Monday its regular flight operations to the neighboring country. The Djiboutian civil aviation authorities recently denied Ethiopian flight operations permit demanding that the airline deploy Boeing jet instead of the turboprop aircraft. Ethiopian has been operating Fokker 50 and more recently the new Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft on the Addis Ababa Djibouti route. The Djiboutian authorities have been complaining about the type of aircraft Ethiopian has been flying to Djibouti and requested the airline to use Boeing 737 jets.
    However, the management of Ethiopian did not accept the request on the ground that the passenger traffic on the Addis Djibouti route does not necessitate the deployment of B737 aircraft. A senior executive of Ethiopian told The Reporter that the new Q400 turboprop aircraft the airline acquired from the Canadian air framer, Bombardier, last March was sufficient to accommodate the passenger traffic on the Addis Djibouti route adding that Ethiopian has a shortage of regional jets.


    The five ageing Fokker aircraft Ethiopian has been operating for more than ten years mainly on domestic routes each have more than 50 seats. Last year, Ethiopian placed firm orders for eight Q400 aircraft with a total value of 290 million dollars and Bombardier had delivered five of them to the airline. The remaining will be arriving by the end of this year. The new Q400 aircraft known for low noise and higher fuel efficiency has more than 70 seats in a single configuration. Ethiopian has five 737-700 and two 737-800 jetliners. The B737 aircraft has more than 150 seats.
    After deliberating on the issue, executives of Ethiopian and the Djiboutian authorities reached an agreement that enables Ethiopian to resume its regular flight operations to Djibouti with the modern Q400 aircraft. An Ethiopian executive told The Reporter that the company does not want to disappoint the Djiboutian officials. However, he said their demand was inappropriate. “Djiboutians are our good customers. Besides, they are our neighbors. We will do our best to continue providing them with commendable services but at the moment we can not deploy B737 aircraft on that route. Considering the market demand we may change the type of aircraft we use in the future,” the executive said. Ethiopian suspended the daily flight to the small Red Sea state on August 1.
    In a related the news, the management of Ethiopian is in the process of selling the five Fokker 50s. The management ordered the Q400s with the view to replacing the ageing Fokker50s
    - Ras Siyan, in 7 years
  • I've been interested in Ethiopian Airlines. Aside from flying to two of Lusofonia cities: Luanda and Malabo (this is more of a hobbybist reason though), it's also one of the most respected African airlines to grace the skies. I like it everytime I see an ET aircraft parked in HKG. Nice livery made even more dramatic by the Ethiopian alphabet displayed on the fuselage.

    Any possibility of MNL as tag on to HKG?
    - TAfixe77X, in 7 years
  • PX1Q6ef-3dw
    - Yoniii, in 7 years
  • Excellent!
    - Simfan34, in 8 years
  • GIRMA WAKE RETIRES

    Ethiopian CEO retires
    By Kaleyesus Bekele

    Ethiopian Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Girma Wake, retires as of this week, reliable sources told The Reporter. Sources said that his deputy, Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Ethiopian, replaced him as of today September 15, 2010. However, Girma would be working with Tewolde for sometime.

    Girma Wake became CEO of Ethiopian in 2004. Prior to that, he served at the Gulf Air as head of the cargo the department. He also served at DHL.

    There were rumors for sometime that Tewolde would replace Girma as CEO of the airline and at the moment it is not clear why Girma is leaving his current post. However, sources are saying that it is because he wants to retire. Girma, 65, is accredited for transforming the airline. Though Girma had some visions before retiring, which includes the introduction of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, the replacement of Fokker 50s with Bombardier Q400 aircraft, only the latter has been materialized. Girma Wake is currently out of the country and not available for comment.

    The incoming CEO, Tewolde GebreMariam, joined Ethiopian Airlines in 1985 as Transportation Agent at the Bole International Airport. He progressed through the ladder to Manager Cargo Traffic Handling. He was appointed as Regional Director for India and South East Asia based in Bombay. He was transferred to Jeddah as Area Manager for Saudi Arabia. When Ethiopian Airlines commenced direct services to the US, he was appointed as Area Sales Manager for North East US and Canada based in New York. In October 2000 he was appointed as Regional Director for the Americas. On August 16, 2004 he was appointed as Executive Officer marketing and Sales to head the Marketing and Sales Operations of Ethiopian. On July 1, 2006 he was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Ethiopian Airlines to head all the operating divisions of the airline, Commercial, Flight Operations, Customer Services and Maintenance and Engineering. He has earned his BA degree in Economics from Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Ethiopia and his Masters of Business Administrations (MBA) from the Open University in the UK.

    Here's hoping Tewolde Gebremariam is just as good as Girma Wake. He'll have some big shoes to fill.
    - Simfan34, in 8 years
  • Well, I wish a happy retirement to Ato Girma, he's done a decent job IMO.
    Let's hope Mr. Tewolde will fix some of the issues that EAL repeatedly fails to improve on:
    - constant delays (about 80% of the flights I've been ever been on are delayed by more than 10 minutes)
    - in-flight meals out of Addis (yuck!)

    Ethiopian Airlines is planning to launch flights to Toronto

    Ethiopian Airlines is planning to launch flights to Toronto next year, and is evaluating several potential new destinations in the US. Ethiopian chief executive Girma Wake says Addis Ababa-Toronto will likely be launched using the carrier’s second batch of new Boeing 777-200LRs. Wake says the carrier’s first three 777-200LRs, which will be delivered in November, December and January, will replace Boeing 767s on Ethiopian’s Beijing and Washington Dulles services. He adds the 777-200LRs will also be deployed between long-haul flights in some denser African markets such as Angola and Nigeria.

    The last two 777-200LRs in Ethiopian’s five-aircraft order will be delivered in April and July. “We’re thinking of flying to Toronto by next summer,” Wake told Airline Business Daily after speaking at Monday’s Global Aviation Strategy Summit at Routes. “We already have the traffic rights.”

    Washington is currently Ethiopian’s only North American destination. “We’re looking at other points in the US but haven’t finalised the study,” Wake says. He adds the study includes New York, which the carrier served several years ago, Atlanta and Houston.

    Ethiopian also has 10 Boeing 787s on order, which Wake expects will be delivered from mid-2011 through the end of 2012. But Wake says these aircraft will be deployed on routes to Asia, Europe and Africa. Ethiopian has been focusing network growth recently in Africa and Wake says the three additional 737-800s the carrier will take in the fourth quarter of this year will be used to further expand its African network.

    Wake told the summit that Ethiopian is eagerly awaiting all the new aircraft as its current fleet is being operated to a maximum, including 16 hours daily average utilisation on its 767s. “I think the capacity we have today is not adequate for the market,” Wake says. “Africa can still accommodate more capacity. Any aeroplane we get we’ll definitely utilise.”

    http://www.travelhouseuk.co.uk/news/index.php/ethiopian-airlines-is-planning-to-launch-flights-to-toronto/
    - abesha, in 8 years
  • New York?! FINALLY!!!! I've always also thought they should fly to Houston. Hopefully they'll be going to NYC by next year- I'm considering going.

    And the news about operating at the max is good- more planes for us. (BIG HINT: Get a 747!!!)
    - Simfan34, in 8 years
  • (eTN) - The West African airline, ASKY, in which Ethiopian Airlines (ET) presently holds a 25 percent stake and is involved in its management, maintenance, and systems controls, will receive a boost, as more flights are to be introduced between Addis Ababa and Monrovia.

    It was also learned that ET will transfer its own operations in Monrovia to ASKY in order to strengthen the start-up airline, give it wider reach and scope, and more progressively expand into the Western African region, feeding and de-feeding from ET arrivals and departures.

    This underscores the importance of the West African market to East Africa’s two leading airlines, Ethiopian and Kenya Airways, both of which pursue a very similar strategy to collect traffic from across Africa and route it via their respective hubs in Nairobi and Addis to final destinations, often in the Middle East, the Far and South East, and also to other African destinations, which are comprehensively covered by the two regional African airline giants.

    A major difference continues to be the absence of US-bound flights by Kenya Airways, while for many years, Ethiopian has been cleared to fly to Washington DC, a clear advantage in terms of connectivity for American visitors to Eastern Africa and the rest of the continent...
    - Simfan34, in 8 years
  • Ethiopian to transform itself into an aviation group

    The Ethiopian Airlines is to implement a new restructuring program that will transform it into an aviation investment group.

    The management of Ethiopian recently developed a 15-year development strategy dubbed “Vision 2025” aimed at making the airlines a world-class airlines.

    Reliable sources told The Reporter that the main objective of the development strategy is to restructure the national flag carrier into an aviation investment group which will have six subsidiary companies. The executive said Ethiopian will commercialize its different departments, including the Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Center, Cargo Service, Catering, and Aviation Academy.

    Based on the development plan, under a parent company Ethiopian will have six different business units. The domestic flight service will be incorporated as a new domestic airlines that will have its own management team. The domestic airline (Et Domestic) will feed passengers to the major airline that will render international flight services.

    The second subsidiary company will be ET Technical. By commercializing its maintenance and engineering department, ET Technical will be a separate business entity that will provide line maintenance, repair and overhaul service to ET domestic, ET International and other domestic and international carriers. ET’s MRO center is certified by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, FAA, Boeing and Pratt and Whitney. The MRO center has been providing repair and overhaul services to major African and Middle East carriers.

    In 2006, Ethiopian inaugurated a new maintenance hangar at its hub at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport built at a cost of 6.4 million USD by a Chinese construction firm called CATIC. With the capacity to handle aircraft as big as the B-747, the hangar covers 7,200 sq.m. As Ethiopian placed firm orders for 37 jetlinners - 10 B787, 10 B737-800, 12 A350XWB and 5B777 - it is planning to build another maintenance hangar that will accommodate the new fleet. Ethiopian recently acquired six Bombardier Q400 aircraft and two more are coming by the end of this year. Staffed by more than 550 certified technicians and engineers, Ethiopian MRO center provides maintenance and overhaul services for B-767, 757,737,727,707, DH6, ATR42, Fokker50 and L-100. Ethiopian provides MRO services to 67 airlines from Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

    Ethiopian will also incorporate its Cargo department into a new company dubbed ET Cargo Services. The company envisions making Addis Ababa an African cargo hub. ET Cargo will transport cargos destined to Africa from Europe, the Middle East and Asia to Addis Ababa and then from Addis Ababa it will haul the cargo shipments to different African countries. ET Cargo will strive to have a major market share in the African cargo business. Ethiopian cargo has two B-747F, 2 B-757F and 2 MD11F. With cargo aircraft, Ethiopian has the largest cargo fleet in Africa.

    In May 2006, Ethiopian inaugurated a new cargo terminal built at the cost of 30 million USD. The cargo terminal on 1,400 sq.m of land has the capacity to handle 250,000 tonnes of cargo per annum.

    The Ethiopian flight school and the aircraft maintenance technicians training center will also be upgraded into an African aviation academy that will operate as a separate business unit. The pilot and technicians training schools have been training Ethiopian and foreign nationals, mainly from African countries. The aviation academy will increase its capacity and expands its market share by admitting more trainees from African and Middle East countries. In addition to basic flight education it will render simulator training services to Ethiopian and foreign pilots. The flight school has simulators of B-767, 757 and 737. It is planning to acquire B-787 simulator in the near future.

    The other subsidiary company will be ET Catering which will provide in-flight catering services to ET Domestic, ET International and foreign carriers.

    The other business unit is Ethiopian core business, marketing passenger. This is Ethiopian national flag carrier that will provide international flight services in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America.

    An Ethiopian industry analyst lauded the development strategy developed by the management of Ethiopian. The analyst said that commercializing the various business units such as the MRO and cargo service is the order of the day in the global airline industry, adding that Egypt Air and South Africa Airways have done the same.

    Sources said the management of Ethiopian would soon appoint new executives. Some Ethiopian senior executives have been transferred to ASKY Airline (a newly-established private airline in West Africa in which Ethiopian has a 25 percent stake) and Nigerian Airways. According to sources in the management, new appointees will be assigned in the vacant positions.

    With the 15-year development program Ethiopian plans to boost its annual revenue to 10 billion USD from the current 1.3 billion and the number of aircraft to more than 100 from 43. The national flag carrier has attained its five-year development plan “Vision 2010” by raising its annual revenue to one billion USD.http://www.ethiopianreporter.com/english/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1141:ethiopian-to-transform-itself-into-an-aviation-group&catid=100:business-and-economy&Itemid=517

    Excellent!
    - abesha, in 8 years
  • Now I'm glad they'll be developing another subsidiary, but what does that mean for privatization?
    - Simfan34, in 8 years
  • Now I'm glad they'll be developing another subsidiary, but what does that mean for privatization?
    Privatizationists can focus on the Telecom and Television industries, don't touch EA!! :D
    - Yoniii, in 8 years
  • Privatizationists can focus on the Telecom and Television industries, don't touch EA!! :D

    Don't see the problem there- I'd say EAL would be a more acccountable company.

    Oh, and we need a stock exchange badly.
    - Simfan34, in 8 years
  • ^^ I completely agree on the stock exchange.
    I saw an article where emerging market fund managers met, and Ethiopia was named as one such promising destination for investment among 3-4 countries, but as far as I know, it is the only one without a stock exchange.
    This is really necessary in this day and age.
    - abesha, in 8 years
  • Ethiopian Set to Connect to Star Alliance This Week

    The carrier expects to be incorporated into the network by the end of 2011

    Ethiopian Airlines is to become a future member of Star Alliance, a network of 28 airlines, as of Wednesday, September 29, 2010.

    High officials from Star Alliance network and chief executive officers (CEOs) of some of the member airlines of the network are expected to attend the ceremony to be held on Wednesday at the Sheraton Addis to officially announce the acceptance of Ethiopian as a member, sources told Fortune.

    Over the past couple of years, the airline had indicated its interest to join the network but only applied for membership early this year.

    The announcement would make Ethiopian Airlines the third African airline to join Star Alliance, the biggest network of airlines, joining South African Airlines (SAA) and Egypt Air. The alliance was established in 1997, by five airlines: Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines Systems, Thai Airways International, and United Airlines.

    Star Alliance member airlines have code sharing agreements which is a practice of multiple airlines selling seats on the same flights giving passengers more departure times to choose from on a given route and easier connecting and transferring between flights.


    Ethiopian Airlines already has a code sharing agreement with around a third of the 28 member airlines of the network. It signed an agreement with Scandinavian Airlines Systems in March 2010, and with SAA in early September, bringing the total number of airlines in the alliance it has code sharing agreements with to 10.

    After the announcement on Wednesday, it is expected to take from one year to a year and a half for Ethiopian to be integrated into the network, these sources told Fortune.

    Currently, Aegean Airlines, a Greek carrier, and Air India, soon to become the 29th and 30th members of the alliance, are undergoing the integration process with Ethiopian Airlines expected to become the 31st before the end of 2011, according to sources.

    Jaan Albrecht, CEO of Star Alliances Services Management GmbH since 2001, is expected to make the announcement of the acceptance of Ethiopian to the alliance which Hussien Massoud (Eng), CEO of Egypt Air, is confirmed to attend.

    Star Alliance network reported revenues of 156.8 billion dollars in June 2010, flying 627.52 million passengers on 4,027 aircraft. The inclusion of Ethiopian Airlines which flies to 59 destinations, 38 of which are in Africa, is expected to give the alliance a major boost in its coverage of the continent, according to industry experts. Ethiopian took the contract to manage and operate ASKY, a West African community based airline, in which it is a major shareholder with 25pc of the total shares.

    The national carrier, which currently has 41 aircraft in its fleet and 50 more on order, was ranked the number one profitable airline in Africa in 2008/09 with a registered profit of 128 million dollars.

    Girma Wake, the outgoing CEO of Ethiopian is to see a major achievement by the airline before he leaves his post at the end of this year.http://addisfortune.com/Ethiopian%20Set%20to%20Connect%20to%20Star%20Alliance%20This%20Week.htm
    - abesha, in 8 years
  • :banana:

    It was just a matter of time. Star Alliance will be dominating Africa in all regions, Egypt in North, South Africa in the South and soon Ethiopia in the East.
    - Yoniii, in 8 years
  • That's funny, wasn't it supposed to be early 2011?
    - Simfan34, in 8 years
  • Well they'll be officially accepted, but it won't come into effect until late 2011.
    - abesha, in 8 years
  • Ethopian airlines joins Star Alliance

    The Star Alliance has announced that it has approved an application by Ethiopian Airlines to join it, making the airline the third carrier in Africa to join the club. It will join Egyptair and South African Airways.

    “On behalf of the Chief Executive Board, it gives me great pleasure to invite Ethiopian Airlines to join the Star Alliance network. Ethiopian’s extensive intra-African network will provide more choice for our travellers and bring the Star Alliance benefits to new markets. Moreover, we will in future have three main hubs in Africa – Addis Ababa, Cairo and Johannesburg – allowing for an ideal access to the continent from either the North, Centre-East or South”, said Jaan Albrecht, CEO Star Alliance.

    “We are happy and honoured to be invited to the big family of airlines. Ethiopian will definitely enhance Star Alliance’s global network. Our long experience in the Africa market, coupled with our strategic hub Addis Ababa, and the recently created Lomé hub will allow Star Alliance members to access many new markets in Africa. Together, we can offer our passengers more convenient flight schedules, greater flight frequencies, a larger network and more on-line connections. All these features improve the quality of the service available to our customers”, said Mr. Girma Wake CEO Ethiopian Airlines.


    The acceptance of Ethiopian Airlines is an integral part of Star Alliance’s Africa strategy. Market studies, conducted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as well as by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), show that Africa is forecast to have the second highest growth rate in air traffic over the coming years. Demand will mainly stem from economic growth made possible by increasing political stability and creating better business climate on the continent.

    Through its future membership in Star Alliance, Ethiopian Airlines will gain access to the many markets across the globe. By the same token, more business travellers from Ethiopia and across Africa will in future benefit from the Star Alliance customer proposition: world-wide reach via the extensive network, seamless travel and status recognition through the frequent flyer programmes.

    The integration teams of Ethiopian Airlines, mentoring carrier Lufthansa and Star Alliance will begin their work shortly, with the aim of completing the membership process within the next 12 months.

    Ethiopian Airlines will add five new countries (Chad, Congo, Djibouti, Mali, and Niger) and 24 African destinations to the Star Alliance network, which will then encompass a total of 29 carriers, offering a choice of more than 21,380 daily flights to 1,196 destinations in 186 countries.


    The Star Alliance network was established in 1997. The member airlines include Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Blue1, bmi, Brussels Airlines, Continental Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways. Air India and Ethiopian Airlines have been announced as a future member. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers over 21,200 daily flights to 1,172 airports in 181 countries.

    Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest and fastest growing airlines in Africa, made its maiden flight to Cairo in 1946. With the recent addition of flight services to Pointe Noire, Ethiopian provides dependable services to 37 cities in Africa and a total of 58 international destinations spanning throughout four continents.

    http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9811:ethopian-airlines-joins-star-alliance&catid=35:Aerospace&Itemid=107

    :banana:
    - abesha, in 8 years
  • Ethiopian Airlines set to announce Star Alliance plans

    Ethiopian Airlines, one of Africa’s oldest and most stable carriers, is rapidly evolving as it takes delivery of new 777s and, on Wednesday, links itself to Star Alliance.

    Ethiopian: Large and largely unknown

    The airline, which traces its operational history to 1946, has been over the 60-plus intervening years steadily expanding its routes from East Africa to the rest of the continent and the world. The airline was founded with management and technical assistance from TWA that lasted until 1974 when the last TWA-affiliated employee departed.

    Though owned by the government, in 1965, the airline changed its legal status from a corporation to a share company and altered its name from Ethiopian Air Lines to Ethiopian Airlines.

    Established as a domestic operation with a fleet of post-war DC-3s which were ideally suited to the operations and terrain, the airline slowly but continually grew. Ethiopian entered the jet age in 1963 when B720s joined the fleet and the airline has been a reliable Boeing customer since.

    In that tradition, it placed early orders for the B787 and originally intended to begin operations in 2010. But, like others affected by the ongoing delays, the first aircraft is now due to arrive in 2011. And, in a break with the past, the company has also ordered 12 A350s which will have a longer range and greater passenger capacity than the 787s. The first aircraft of that type is due in 2017.

    Comprehensive network

    The airline has a comprehensive network, operated with a fleet of 41 aircraft. Many of its medium-haul routes are operated by eight 757s, ET being one of the few African carriers to operate the type. However, given the long sectors and limited demand at many stations, the aircraft is ideally suited to Ethiopian’s network.

    Profitable to boot

    According to its 2009 annual report, the airline has been firmly in the black for the past three years with an increasingly healthy margin.


    Fiscal Year Operating Profit Margin % Gross Profit Margin %

    2007 24 3 16 2

    2008 45 5 81 6

    2009 92 8 128 11

    Source: 2009 Annual Report
    All amounts in millions of USD

    The following two pie charts, also taken from the report, show where the money came in and where it went out. Though some revenue is generated by ancillary services, well over 95% of the incoming cash stemmed from passenger and cargo operations.

    http://www.centreforaviation.com/images/stories/2010/september/29/Ethiopian2.png

    http://www.centreforaviation.com/images/stories/2010/september/29/Ethiopian3.png

    And, as with carriers everywhere, fuel is by far the largest expense. However, the total expenditure associated with salaries, sales and overhead is small by comparison with many of its peers.

    Revenue Source

    The figure depicting revenue sources indicates a rather equal division between markets, with each of the major geographic divisions providing roughly a third. Though not labeled as such, Asia is likely included in the Gulf and Middle East totals.

    With more than 60% of the airline’s current revenue generated in intercontinental markets, it is not difficult to see the appeal of expansion in these regions.


    Finally, the last chart depicts a healthy ratio between the growth of ASKs and RTKs and the utilisation of that additional capacity. As new, larger aircraft are added, one would hope for similar ratios in the future.

    Adding to the Star presence

    Though perhaps less well known abroad than its Star Partners, Egyptair and South African, the airline’s network outside of Africa is larger than that of SAA, though smaller than that of MS, lacking notably in Europe and the Middle East.

    The addition of ET to the alliance provides additional connectivity across the continent and an alternative routing from Africa to other global points.

    The bulk of intra-African connections are provided either by Ethiopian at ADD or Kenya Airways (SkyTeam) at Nairobi. Unfortunately, both of these carriers are on the eastern side of the continent. As a result, connections from Dakar to Lusaka or from Accra to Dar Es Salaam are conveniently accomplished.

    Absent from any alliance, and with no obvious candidate, is coverage in West Africa. A trip from Luanda to Lagos can require travelers to transit East or South Africa, adding thousands of miles to the journey. The 466 miles from Abidjan to Monrovia presents challenges and roundabout travel unknown in most of the world in order to cover such a short distance.

    Africa may be tapped out

    The availability of additional African alliance partners is getting thin. While some of the North African carriers are still unattached, their reach into Africa is, in most cases, rather slim. As in other geographies, the real growth is being provided by the Gulf carriers, and their focus is not on intra-African connections.

    The wild card in the equation is Nigeria’s Arik, which is expanding into the void left by numerous failed predecessors. The pullout of Virgin Nigeria and the acrimony that surrounded both its establishment and its demise indicate that Nigeria remains a nation in which airlines face considerable challenges.

    Arik is only four years old and has a small fleet of 20 aircraft. Its attempt to establish a subsidiary in Niger has, so far, been a failure. However, should it succeed in the long term, it will occupy a key African location and doubtless be wooed by all three alliances as the perfect solution to a big “white spot”.

    Ethiopian on the move

    At the recent Routes meeting in Vancouver, ET’s president said that following Toronto service, the airline has its sights on additional US destinations, with New York, Atlanta and Houston specified. As seems to be the case with other carriers, the pending arrival of new-generation aircraft, with better economics for long, thin routings, Ethiopian is planning to grow considerably in the next decade with the arrival of 22 such aircraft.

    The 777-200LRs will provide a bridge to that growth by allowing near-term expansion to some of those destinations prior to the 787/350 deliveries. One will arrive in October 2010, probably employed to Toronto, two in 2011 and two in 2012 so considerable long-haul growth can be expected in the next two years.

    There are also 10 B737-800s in the order book along with three Q400 DHC-8s from Bombardier for domestic operations.

    We can be certain that Ethiopian will continue to grow and gain recognition among the world’s travellers and, for the foreseeable future, will be a major player in the African market.http://www.centreforaviation.com/news/2010/09/29/ethiopian-airlines-set-to-announce-star-alliance-plans/page1

    To see the tables clearly, go to the link.
    - abesha, in 8 years
  • Ethiopian Airlines management makeover puts sixteen at the helm
    By Kirubel Tadesse

    The management reshuffle at Ethiopian Airlines that named Tewolde G. Mariam CEO-Designate, replacing retired Girma Wake, has promoted a batch of old and new personnel to the top management.

    While some veterans like Frehiwot Worku, executive vice president of corporate services, depart the flag carrier, some others like executive vice president of finance and strategic planning Kassim Geresu consolidated their positions in the restructure.
    The restructuring is aimed at filling old and new posts for a fifteen year strategic plan which, upon completion, should create independent profit centers dividing the flag carrier operations to become Africa’s leading aviation group.

    Early this past week, Ethiopian communicated to its staff that Mesfin Tasew, who was vice president of maintenance and engineering, is now acting Chief Operating Officer - a position held up to now by the new CEO Tewolde.

    Former executive vice president of finance and strategic planning Kassim Geresu remains at his post and is now called chief financial officer. Nega Mekonnen also remained in his post as vice president of corporate finance.

    Kemeredin Bedru, who was vice president of information technology, is now chief information officer under the new structure. Captain Desta Zeru also remained in his post as vice president of flight operations.

    The big promotion seems to go to Gobena Michael, who was not part of the previous thirteen member Ethiopian senior management team. Gobena now has two key posts; he is acting chief commercial officer and senior vice president of global sales.

    Among the new entrants to the top is also Essayas Wolde Mariam who is now acting vice president of Ethiopian Cargo.

    Vice president of human resources management Elizabeth Getachew consolidates her post as acting senior vice president. Elizabeth is now the top ranking female member of Ethiopian management following the absence of Frehiwot from the announced new positions.

    The other senior female manager, Rahel Zerihun, a legal counsel, keeps her post as vice president and also takes a new post called corporate secretariat.

    In a real reshuffle Samuel Assefa, who was vice president of internal audit and corporate quality assurance, is now in charge of Ethiopian aviation academy. The academy is among the flag carrier’s operations which should become an independent profit center as per the strategic plan-vision 2025. New blood has been introduced to the top hierarchy, Wassu Zelelew, now assumes Samuel’s old post as acting vice president.

    Yeneneh Tekleyes is now acting vice president in charge of his old post: marketing. His and the others’ appointments which altogether makeup Ethiopian’s new core management of sixteen spearheaded by CEO-Designate Tewolde G. Mariam is expected to be fully effective in the new European year.

    http://capitalethiopia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13450:ethiopian-airlines-management-makeover-puts-sixteen-at-the-helm&catid=12:local-news&Itemid=4

    Well, they're not wasting any time. It's full speed ahead :banana:
    - abesha, in 8 years
  • daQUuS5Wirk
    - Yoniii, in 8 years
  • By Garth Theunissen - Sep 30, 2010

    South African Airways, the biggest airline in Africa, is in talks with Ethiopian Airlines and Egypt Air about starting a new carrier on the continent, Sake24 reported, citing SAA Chief Executive Siza Mzimela.

    The state-owned company is expected to announce the new airline “within months,” the Johannesburg-based news agency said. The airline will operate in central and West Africa, according to Sake24.

    SAA, Egypt Air and Ethiopian Airlines will all likely own minority stakes in the new venture and provide technical and managerial services, the news agency reported.

    Central African countries in which the new airline is likely to operate include Gabon, Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, São Tomé & Principe and the Central African Republic, Sake24 said.

    To contact the reporter on this story: Garth Theunissen in Johannesburg gtheunissen@bloomberg.net
    ^^
    - Yoniii, in 9 years
  • http://www.whoswhosa.co.za/sites/default/files/pictures/picture-4798.jpg

    SAA CEO Siza Mzimela
    - Hersh, in 10 years
  • Ethiopian to Sign $49.6m Soft Loan from French Firm

    AFD is to support the expansion of the aviation academy


    http://www.addisfortune.com/Vol_10_No_544_Images/aviation_simulator.jpg

    The Aviation Training Academy plans to buy simulators for different aircraft, such as the B737 flight simulator seen in the picture, to train pilots, along with other equipment to train cabin crew members, for which an aircraft must otherwise be grounded to give the necessary training.

    Ethiopian Airlines, the national flag carrier, is to sign a 49.6 million dollar soft loan agreement with Agence Française de Développement (AFD), which has been in the making since 2008, for the expansion of its Aviation Training Academy at the end of this week.

    The signing of the loan agreement, which took over two years, with both sides negotiating the terms and conditions, is expected to materialize on Friday, October 8, 2010.

    The loan is meant for the expansion of the Aviation Training Academy of the airline in line with its plan to make the academy a standalone service offered by the airline. Established in 1956 as a training center, 20 years after the airline made its maiden flight to Cairo, Egypt, the aviation academy currently gives training in many areas of aviation. It provides training to pilots, cabin crews, maintenance technicians, and marketing and finance personnel.

    As part of the new strategy to turn the airline into Ethiopian Airlines Group, a holding company with subsidiary companies, the airline aims to make the aviation academy one of such subsidiary companies, along with catering, international flights, domestic flights, cargo, and maintenance. In line with this strategy as part of the new management restructuring, following the retirement of Girma Wake who has served the airline since 2004 as chief executive officer (CEO), a new vice president position has been created for the aviation academy.

    Solomon Assefa, who was vice president for Internal Auditing and Compliance, was nominated as vice president of the Aviation Academy, whose post became effective as of Friday, October 1, 2010.

    So far, the airline, which registered 118 million dollars in profit during the 2009/10 fiscal year that ended in June, has been expanding the academy on its own. The latest endeavour to expand the academy include the purchase of 10 DA40NG pilot training aircraft and one D-SIM-40 stimulator valued at 5.1 million dollars at list price from Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH of Austria in August 2010. Four of the aircraft are scheduled to arrive in November 2010.

    “We plan to make a huge investment in the academy,” said Girma. “We also plan to build lots of facilities and bring in modern training equipment.”

    Part of the loan, which has a grace period of three years, is expected to go into the continuation of the construction of dormitories and a new auditorium. Training materials for cabin crew trainees is also expected to be purchased through the money from the loan.

    Currently, cabin crew-members take training programmes, like operating the doors of an aircraft, comfortably operating inside an airplane, and maneuvering during accidents including deploying rafts, which are given on an actual aircraft.

    “We cannot keep grounding aircraft for this kind of training, so we will buy training equipment for that,” Girma told Fortune.

    The academy does not only train Ethiopians, as one third of its students, especially technicians, come from African and Middle Eastern countries, according to the airline.

    At some point, most of the people in the airline industry in Africa have passed through some sort of training at the academy, Girma told the audience during the announcement of the airline as a future member of the Star Alliance Network on Wednesday, September 29, 2010.

    With this expansion, the airline has big visions for the academy, which is the only one in Africa. Many schemes are being considered for once the expansion has been completed.

    Currently, the academy trains Ethiopians for free to serve on the airline. However, providing training for a fee to those who wish to work for other airlines is one of those schemes under consideration.

    “As long as we have the capacity, interested people will come,” Girma told Fortune. “The aviation academy has huge potential, able to bring in big revenues, as much as one airline.”

    A scheme where those who cannot pay for the training are enrolled and made to pay, once they have secured a job, is also another scheme that is being considered. The academy will also be able to provide training to other institutions like the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority and Ethiopian Airports Enterprise as well as management training for personnel, according to Girma.

    Following its achievement of its Vision 2010 goals, the airline is taking steps to map out five, 10, and 15-year plans. The loan from AFD is expected to enable part of its strategy.

    The agency, which was allowed to operate in Ethiopia since 1993, established its office in Addis Abeba for regional vocation. It also gave a loan of 62 million dollars towards the construction of the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation’s (EEPCo) 160MW wind farm in Ashegoda, in Tigray Regional State.


    http://www.addisfortune.com/Ethiopian%20to%20Sign%20$49.6m%20Soft%20Loan%20from%20French%20Firm.htm
    - enkelfam, in 11 years
  • The 777-200LR of ET

    http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/general_aviation/read.main/4951021/
    - TAfixe77X, in 12 years
  • http://blog.flightstory.net/wp-content/uploads/ethiopian-q400.jpg

    October 11, 2010

    Ethiopian Airlines said it has received its seventh Q-400 Next Generation turboprop aircraft from Canadian Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Inc. today, in a statement posted on its website.

    The airline said it plays a critical and major role in bringing the cities of the different regions of Ethiopia within easy reach of Addis Ababa, the capital. This effort will be further enhanced with its Q400 NextGen aircraft.

    The Q-400 aircraft will support the ever increasing tourism market of the country and domestic business travel, which is growing fast along side the economy. Besides, the aircraft will serve Ethiopian regional routes.

    Currently, Ethiopian provides domestic flight service with Boeing 737, Q-400 and Fokker aircraft to its 17 domestic destinations.
    - Yoniii, in 12 years
  • Ethiopia - Ethiopian Airlines appoints its first female captain

    Source: ENA

    Ethiopian Airlines said on Thursday it has officially appointed its first female Commercial flight Captain Amsale Gualu Endegnanew.

    Captain Amsale took off her first flight on a Q-400 aircraft from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar.

    Captain Amsale joined Ethiopian Airlines Pilot Training School in 2000 and started her carrier as first officer in 2002.

    Since then she has worked on Fokker-50, 757 and 767 aircraft as first officer.

    Designate chief executive officer of the Airline, Tewolde Gebremariam welcomed her at the airport on her return flight from Bahir Dar.

    On the occasion Tewolde congratulated Captain Amsale on her big achievement.

    He said "It is well deserved as she has shown tremendous dedication to achieve the rank of Captain."

    Captain Amsale on her part said that it is a great privilege to become the first female captain of the national carrier.

    Ethiopian Airlines currently has four female pilots working as first officers. http://nazret.com/blog/index.php?title=ethiopia_ethiopian_airlines_appoints_its&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1
    - abesha, in 12 years
  • ^^

    u2PSqMAEOYM
    She's beautiful too!

    Edit:

    Pop bottles! :banana:

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    Not only is she smart and talented but beautiful as well! :)
    - Yoniii, in 12 years
  • Airline Selects HQ Design Jury

    Highest ever prize money of 180,000 Br offered for local firms in design competition



    Ethiopian Airlines has selected five jury members comprising four architects and one engineer for the design competition it had floated and which closes for submissions in mid December this year.

    Yonas Alemayehu, Solomon Kassa, Zegeye Cherinet, Eskinder Wubetu, all architects and Asnake Adamu (Eng) have been selected to evaluate the design submissions and select the winners. The airline has prepared prize money of 180,000 Br for the first place winner, while the second and the third places will receive 130,000 Br and 80,000 Br, respectively.

    The prize money for the design is the largest offered to local companies in Ethiopia, an architect who is taking part in the competition, told Fortune.

    Although Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) had awarded 200,000 Br for the first place winner of the competition for the design of its headquarters, it had mandated that local architects who take part do so in a joint venture (JV) with international companies.

    In the case of the airline’s competition, the terms of reference (ToR) allows a JV with an international company to be formed on a voluntary basis, making the total amount of prize money local companies could get the largest.

    The total built-up space of the building will rest on 18,000sqm plot of land located inside its current compound at Bole International Airport, according to the programme of the headquarters issued by Ethiopian.

    The programme, the jury, and the ToR of the design competition have been endorsed by the Association of Ethiopian Architects (AEA). As part of its procedure in endorsing design competitions, the AEA assigns one of its members to the evaluation team. In this case, Eskinder Wubetu, vice chairman of the association, has been nominated to the jury.

    This is the second time that the airline is floating a design competition for its headquarters after cancelling the previous one due to a lack of entrants and first place winner. Only five firms, Ultimate Plan Plc, Sileshi Consult Plc, Mulugeta Asfaw Consult, Gereta Consult, and Berhanu Mussa Architecture and Engineering, had submitted designs. There was no first place winner, as the firm with the highest ranked design, Ultimate Plan Plc, was awarded second place.

    The whole competition was not befitting the stature of the airline, the management of Ethiopian Airlines believed, unhappy with both the results of the competition and the number of entrants, according to sources close to the airline.

    Although the management was contemplating whether to float an international competition, some board members pushed them to consult with the AEA, established in 1991, and do another round of competitions. The AEA’s involvement from the very beginning in the design competition of the new headquarters of CBE and the results had impressed some of the board members, according to the sources.

    The airline has budgeted up to one million Birr to be used as prize money, payment for jury members, and other processes related to the competition, sources disclosed.http://addisfortune.com/Airline%20Selects%20HQ%20Design%20Jury.htm
    - abesha, in 12 years
  • Ethiopian Borrows 42m Br for Aviation Academy

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    Tewolde G. Mariam, designated CEO of the airline.



    Airline plans to invest in the highest training standards and equipment to expand,
    upgrade the academy


    Ethiopian Airlines signed a 42 million dollar soft loan agreement with Agence Française de Développement (AFD), a French development agency, to finance the expansion and upgrading of its aviation training academy, at its headquarters on Friday, October 15, 2010.


    The 15-year term loan agreement, part of which is concessional, has been in the making since 2008 and was signed between Tewolde G. Mariam, designated CEO of the airline, and Didier Grebert, AFD regional manager for Ethiopia, Sudan, and Somalia.

    The aviation academy, which was established in 1956 as a training centre, 20 years after the airline made its maiden flight to Cairo, Egypt, currently gives training in many areas of aviation. It provides training to pilots, cabin crews, maintenance technicians, and marketing and finance personnel.


    As part of the new strategy to turn the airline into Ethiopian Airlines Group, a holding company with subsidiaries, the airline plans to make the aviation academy one of such subsidiary companies, along with catering, international flights, domestic flights, cargo, and maintenance. In line with this strategy, a new vice president position has been created for the aviation academy as part of the new management restructuring.

    Solomon Assefa, who was vice president for Internal Auditing and Compliance of the airline, was nominated as vice president of the aviation academy, whose post became effective as of October 1, 2010.

    To date, the airline, which registered a profit of 118 million dollars during the 2009/10 fiscal year, has been expanding the academy on its own. Its latest expansion endeavour includes the purchase of 10 DA40NG pilot training aircraft and a D-SIM-40 simulator valued at 5.1 million dollars at list price from Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH of Austria in August 2010. Four of the aircraft are scheduled to arrive in November 2010.

    “The latest agreement with AFD will support Ethiopian’s plan to invest in the highest training standards and equipment,” Tewolde said during the signing of the agreement.

    Part of the loan, which has a grace period of three years, is expected to be used for the continuation of the construction of dormitories and a new auditorium. Training materials for cabin crew trainees are also expected to be purchased through the money from the loan. Currently, cabin crewmembers take training programmes such as operating the doors of an aircraft, comfortably operating inside an airplane, and manoeuvring during accidents.

    The academy does not only train Ethiopians, as one third of its students, especially technicians, come from other African and Middle Eastern countries, according to the airline.

    With this expansion, the airline has big visions for the academy, which is the only one in Africa. Many schemes are being considered for when the expansion is completed. Currently, the academy trains Ethiopians to serve on the airline for free.

    Providing training for a fee to those who wish to work for other airlines is one of the schemes under consideration. Training those who cannot pay and only making them pay once they have secured a job is another scheme that is being considered.

    AFD, which has been allowed to operate in Ethiopia since 1993, established an office in Addis Abeba for its regional projects. It also gave a loan of 62 million dollars for the construction of the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation’s (EEPCo) 160MW wind farm in Ashegoda, in Tigray Regional State.http://addisfortune.com/Ethiopian%20Borrows%2042m%20Br%20for%20Aviation%20Academy.htm

    Is it really the first one on the continent? I would think SAA and EgyptAir would have one.
    - abesha, in 13 years
  • http://www.aviationweek.com/media/images/ca_images/Airlines/Ethiopian777-200LR-Boeing.jpg

    Ethiopians Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, wants to increase its annual revenue to $10 billion in 15 years according to Aviation Weekly. The magazine said, Ethiopian Airlines had $1.3 billion in annual revenues in its fiscal 2010 (ended June 30) and a $118-million profit and operates 32 jets plus turboprops serves 59 international destinations.

    In its Vision 2025 plan, the airline wants to grow its annual revenue to $10 billion and increase its fleet to more than 100 aircraft. Ethiopian Airlines has 37 aircraft on firm order, among them 10 Boeing 787s, five 777-200LRs, 10 737-800s and 12 Airbus A350-900s.

    Air Transport World (ATW) recently named Ethiopian airlines as the 16th most profitable airline in the world and the company has been earning profits consecutively for the past 10 years.

    Ethiopian Airlines is preparing to receive its first Boeing 777-200 LR later this month and on December 15, it will launch a daily non-stop service from Washington to Addis Ababa. It is also reported that Ethiopian will soon begin service to Toronto, Canada's largest city.

    Read the article from Aviation Weekly here (http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story_channel.jsp?channel=comm&id=news/awst/2010/11/01/AW_11_01_2010_p50-259695.xml&headline=Ethiopian%20Wants%20To%20Grow%20Revenue%20Sixfold%20In%2015%20Years)
    - Yoniii, in 13 years
  • Ethiopian wants to grow revenue sixfold in 15 years


    Addis Ababa, November 3 (WIC) – The Aviation Weekly said Ethiopian Airlines has ambitious plans to grow sixfold in the next 15 years and create new subsidiaries in other parts of Africa, together with Star Alliance members South African Airways and Egyptair.

    The airline was invited to become Star Alliance’s third member in Africa at an event here last month. Following the integration process, Ethiopian is expected to join the group in mid-2011.

    If Ethiopian comes close to implementing its growth plans across the continent, then Star will have such a big advantage over the other two alliances that it will be almost impossible for them to catch up.

    The Addis Ababa-based carrier would also become a more serious competitor to Emirates, which has been focusing on connecting West Africa to its Dubai hub.

    Ethiopian’s goals are based on its Vision 2025 plan. Since the carrier exceeded the targets of its Vision 2010 strategy, the airline leadership decided to devise formal strategic guidance and firm targets over a longer period of time.

    Ethiopian had 1.3 billion USD in annual revenues in its fiscal 2010 (ended June 30) and a 118-million USD profit. Its fleet of 32 jets plus turboprops serves 59 international destinations.

    Within the next 15 years, Ethiopian aims to reach 10 billion USD in annual revenues and 950 million USD in profits and grow its fleet to more than 100 aircraft.

    Today, Ethiopian has 37 aircraft on firm order, among them 10 Boeing 787s, five 777-200LRs, 10 737-800s and 12 Airbus A350-900s.

    Ethiopian has been growing 20 per cent on average in the past five years and has been profitable in the last 10 years.

    http://www.waltainfo.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=24013&Itemid=134
    - egypt69, in 13 years
  • I wish Ethipian had a flight to GRU, Brazil. Would be a pleasure seeing such a nice bird as the 777 down here.

    You guys should think about buying some EMBRAER's aircrafts for regional routes.

    My best wishes...
    - malegi, in 13 years
  • They say the new 777 will start it's non-stop flight from IAD on December 15. A month ago when i was trying to buy my ticket, the day i was leaving i was going to be on the new 777 but it did not show a non-stop route, it still showed the traditional stop over in Rome. Later i bought my ticket for a different date and now i'm taking the 777 on my way back and my itinerary still shows the Rome stop-over.
    I really hope that's something they're just doing because the flight is not actually in service yet.
    It's making it's first flight from Seattle to Addis non-stop this month.
    - venezian, in 13 years
  • Does anyone have any idea on the duration of the non-stop flight?
    - Bekele100, in 13 years
  • I guess something about 15:15h, it's more than 7000 miles.
    - malegi, in 13 years
  • Does anyone have any idea on the duration of the non-stop flight?

    It can't be 18 hours because that's how long it takes now with the DC - ROME - ADDIS route.

    it's 13 hours
    - venezian, in 13 years
  • Construction of Ethiopian employees’ house construction kicks off The Chinese construction firm Zhejiang Yefeng, which was contracted by Ethiopian Airlines, this week officially started constructing 2,502 residential houses for employees of the airline at a cost of 1.5 billion birr.

    Ethiopian leased 313,472 sq.m of land for the construction of the employees houses from the Addis Ababa City Administration three years ago in the eastern part of Addis Ababa. The construction is expected to be completed in four years. In the first phase 1,266 houses will be built and in the second 1,236.

    The cost of the construction will be financed by a loan obtained from commercial banks and will be repaid using the money deducted from the employees' salary.

    Some employees declined to participate in the housing project saying they are unable to afford to pay the prices of the houses on their existing salary while others said it was a scheme aimed at preventing them from quitting the airline.

    The airline said this was one of the plans it launched to improve the living condition of its staff.

    Ethiopian has over 5,000 employees.http://www.ethiopianreporter.com/english/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1348:construction-of-ethiopian-employees-house-construction-kicks-off&catid=98:news&Itemid=511

    I have to say, I'm impressed.
    - abesha, in 13 years
  • Ethiopian Airlines has announced plans to launch new service to three African destinations beginning December 1, 2010. The airline will start flying to Maputo, Mozambique; Bangui, Central African Republic and Malakal in Sudan. It will serve Maputo three times a week and Bangui and Malakal each four times a week.

    The new service will increase Ethiopia's international destinations to sixty with forty in Africa alone. Ethiopian Airlines has the largest network in Africa and it is one of the fastest growing airline in the continent.

    In other news, the airline is preparing to receive Africa's first Boeing 777-200LR later this month. Ethiopian Airlines has five orders for Boeing 777-200LR which it plans to use on its long range flights like Addis-Washington and Addis-Beijing.

    Ethiopian Airlines will launch a daily non-stop Washington-Addis Ababa service aboard Boeing 777-200LR beginning December 16 of this year. The new non-stop service between Washington and Addis Ababa will cut the travel time to just 12 hours and 25 minutes.
    :)
    - Yoniii, in 13 years
  • Where in Sudan is Malakal I wonder.

    I know they said that by 2015 they want to fly to every capital city in Africa so this is a good move. I'm waiting until they expand in North Africa. Right now they only go to Cairo.
    - abesha, in 13 years
  • pic of the 777... i'm going to be on it... so excited.

    http://www.airliners.net/photo/Ethiopian-Airlines/Boeing-777-260/LR/1803921/L/
    - venezian, in 14 years
  • That is a beautiful ride! :D
    - Yoniii, in 14 years
  • pic of the 777... i'm going to be on it... so excited.

    http://www.airliners.net/photo/Ethiopian-Airlines/Boeing-777-260/LR/1803921/L/

    http://img686.imageshack.us/img686/489/et777200lr.jpg

    Check out the video:

    http://www.nwcn.com/news/business/Africa-is-a-growth-market-for-Boeing-jets-108805999.html

    Ethiopian Airlines receives Africa's First Boeing 777-200LR

    Ethiopian Airlines today received its first Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, first of five orders it placed in 2009. With today's delivery, Ethiopian Airlines becomes the first airline in Africa to operate the ultra-modern long range Boeing 777-200LR, seen above. Ethiopian CEO Girma Wake said "With the delivery of its first 777-200LR, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to operate the world's most technologically advanced and longest-range airplane," and "This further reaffirms our commitment to be the leader of aviation in Africa."

    Ethiopian Airlines earlier announced that beginning next month, it will launch a non-stop service between Washington DC and Addis Ababa, cutting the travel time to just 12 hours and 25 minutes. ET also plans to use the new ultra-long-range Boeing 777-200LR on its Addis Ababa-Beijing route providing a non-stop service. Ethiopian is also planning to introduce a new service to Toronto by next summer.

    The Boeing 777-200LR is able to fly a range of 9,395 nautical miles (17,395 km) with full passenger payload (301 passengers).

    Ethiopian Airlines will also be the first airline in Africa to operate the much delayed Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which is more than three years behind schedule. Ethiopian Airlines currently operates an all Boeing aircraft for its middle and long range services.

    Ethiopian airlines has 46 Aircraft currently operating and another 36 in order.
    - Yoniii, in 14 years
  • Printscreen from the clip:

    http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/4676/et777200lr2.jpg
    - Yoniii, in 14 years
  • Saw this 777 being assembled at Everett while on a Boeing tour a couple of months back ... can't describe how proud i felt.
    @Venezian ... good to see you in here, and have a safe trip.
    - AM2, in 14 years
  • OMG business looks f'ncredible i think i'm going to use my miles and upgrade... so proud.

    Thank you AM2.
    - venezian, in 14 years
  • HQ Photos (http://nycaviation.com/2010/11/exclusive-look-on-board-ethiopian-airlines-first-boeing-777-200lr-photo-gallery/) of the exterior, interior and cabin crew. :D

    N0lREolr0no
    - Yoniii, in 14 years
  • Les compagnies du continent en ordre de bataille


    Face aux transporteurs internationaux, les compagnies africaines s’organisent à travers des partenariats pour préserver leurs parts de marché et se développer sur les liaisons intercontinentales.

    Le 1er octobre 2010. Depuis son hub d’Addis-Abeba, la compagnie nationale Ethiopian Airlines jubile. Star Alliance vient de donner son feu vert pour l’ouverture du processus qui devra conduire à son adhésion définitive au plus grand réseau commercial aérien du monde à la mi-2011. Pour fêter l’événement, le transporteur (plus de 100 millions de dollars de profits en 2009) s’est entouré de deux mastodontes du ciel africain : South African Airways (SAA) et Egyptair, déjà membres de ce groupement qui compte 27 compagnies.

    Les trois ténors pourraient créer un joint-venture qui prendrait la forme d’une nouvelle compagnie régionale en Afrique centrale. En fait, explique à Jeune Afrique Girma Wake, le patron d’Ethiopian, qui part à la retraite à la fin de cette année : « Ce que nous voulons, c’est aller dans toutes les régions où il n’y a pas de compagnies aériennes et y développer des services appropriés. »

    En somme, Ethiopian Airlines, basé dans l’est du continent, Egyptair dans le nord et SAA dans le sud, veulent, grâce à des filiales régionales, mieux quadriller le ciel africain pour tirer un meilleur profit de la croissance du secteur aérien. Selon les dernières prévisions de l’Association internationale du transport aérien (Iata), le trafic passager devrait augmenter d’environ 7 % par an tout au long des quinze prochaines années.

    Selon les experts, deux moteurs alimenteront cette croissance. D’abord, l’industrie pétrolière, qui crée une forte demande de voyages d’affaires avec l’accélération de l’exploration dans des pays comme le Nigeria, le Ghana ou encore le Gabon. Ensuite, la montée d’une classe moyenne africaine dont le besoin de voyager est de plus en plus grand. Ajoutées à ces deux tendances, les marges opérationnelles importantes (15 %, contre 3 % à 5 % en Europe) que les transporteurs peuvent tirer des réseaux africains, en raison des tarifs élevés appliqués, font du continent le parfait relais de croissance dont toutes les compagnies du monde rêvent.

    Le choix des alliances

    De fait, aucune d’entre elles ne veut rester à l’écart de l’embellie, à commencer par les ténors locaux du secteur. « Le ciel africain doit être dominé par les transporteurs africains », estime le patron d’Ethiopian Airlines, selon qui, pour parvenir à cet objectif, « il n’y a pas d’autre choix que la coopération ». Ainsi, pour accroître leurs parts de marché, ces compagnies s’engagent, à défaut de créer leur propre filiale, dans des alliances et des partenariats locaux, avec pour objectif de dynamiser le trafic à l’intérieur du continent afin de répondre à une demande sans cesse croissante.

    Un exemple : le partenariat entre Ethiopian et Asky Airlines, qui a permis de lancer ce dernier en janvier dernier à Lomé, au Togo. Détenu à 25 % et géré pendant ses cinq premières années par la compagnie éthiopienne, Asky Airlines sillonne l’ouest du continent pour drainer le trafic vers le hub de sa maison mère. « Grâce à Asky, Ethiopian Airlines peut aujourd’hui proposer des vols vers l’Asie et l’Extrême-Orient au départ de nombreux pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest », analyse un ancien cadre d’Air Afrique.

    Près d’un an après la mise en orbite de la compagnie togolaise – qui se veut à vocation régionale –, son principal actionnaire, la compagnie éthiopienne, qui dessert actuellement 37 destinations sur le continent, envisage de renouveler l’expérience en Afrique centrale. D’abord porté discrètement par Ethiopian, ce projet devra finalement être mené en partenariat avec Egyptair et South African Airways.

    La forme que prendra la coentreprise et le pays qui devrait en accueillir le siège sont en discussion. À côté de ce projet, SAA, premier transporteur africain, avec un chiffre d’affaires de plus de 3 milliards de dollars, est partenaire et actionnaire à hauteur de 40 % du projet de la compagnie régionale Air Cemac. Depuis la décision des chefs d’État d’Afrique centrale, en janvier, d’en fixer le siège à Brazzaville (Congo), le décollage se fait toujours attendre.



    Améliorer le service

    Dans la partie septentrionale du continent, la Royal Air Maroc (RAM), qui dessert 16 destinations en Afrique subsaharienne, semble désormais, après l’échec de son idylle avec le défunt Air Sénégal International (ASI), donner la priorité à la défense de ses parts sur son marché domestique, pris d’assaut par les compagnies européennes et moyen-orientales à bas coûts. Ainsi, le transporteur chérifien (1,5 milliard de dollars de chiffre d’affaires en 2009) est entré en négociation en juillet avec le groupe de voyage britannique TUI pour une prise de participation majoritaire (plus de 60 %) dans sa filiale Jet4You.

    La RAM, n’ayant pas connu le succès escompté avec Atlas Blue, mise maintenant sur cette future acquisition pour rivaliser avec Ryanair, EasyJet, Transavia, Air Arabia… qui surfent sur le succès du tourisme dans le royaume. Et pour ne pas rééditer les erreurs du passé, le transporteur marocain laissera la gestion de sa nouvelle acquisition à TUI, qui dispose d’une meilleure connaissance du métier de low-cost.

    Une autre piste pour conquérir le marché subsaharien pourrait être la création d’une entité entre différents opérateurs maghrébins. C’est en tout cas ce que laisse penser Wahid Bouabdallah, PDG d’Air Algérie. « J’ai eu d’excellentes discussions avec mes collègues de la région, explique-t-il, et l’idée avance doucement. »

    Si une chose est de renforcer sa présence sur le marché pour exister face à la concurrence des compagnies occidentales, notamment sur des liaisons intercontinentales, une autre chose sera de satisfaire convenablement les attentes des passagers. Ainsi, Cheikh Tidiane Camara, le PDG du cabinet de conseil spécialisé Ectar, estime que « fournir des services aux standards internationaux s’impose plus que jamais aux transporteurs africains ».

    Titus Naikuni, le PDG de Kenya Airways, le confirme : « Avec la concurrence, vous devez vous assurer que votre service est le meilleur, et que la qualité de votre produit est supérieure à celle des autres. Ainsi s’explique notre longévité sur la desserte de Londres, une ligne sur laquelle nous avons significativement augmenté nos capacités. » Mais il n’y a pas que le service. Certains spécialistes avancent que les transporteurs africains auront, par ailleurs, fort à gagner à se départir de l’emprise de leurs gouvernements et à jouer essentiellement sur des intérêts purement économiques.

    Premiers bénéfices

    S’émanciper des lourdeurs politiques et gouvernementales a été justement la principale motivation qui a conduit à la création, en 2009, de la nouvelle compagnie sénégalaise, Sénégal Airlines. Mais il faut croire que cela n’a pas suffi, puisque le nouveau transporteur – dont le capital de 34 millions de dollars est détenu à 64 % par des privés – peine toujours à décoller. Le dernier rendez-vous manqué remonte à septembre. En attendant son hypothétique lancement, Sénégal Airlines a opté pour l’appui technique et commercial d’Emirates Airlines, contrairement à Asky et à Air Cemac, qui ont choisi des parrains africains.

    Et pendant que la nouvelle compagnie sénégalaise prend son temps pour se mettre en piste, les acteurs présents profitent de la croissance. L’Iata prévoit que le secteur aérien africain fera cette année, pour la première fois depuis 2002, des profits d’environ 80 millions d’euros. Ainsi, Kenya Airways, qui a connu un exercice 2008-2009 déficitaire, vient d’annoncer des bénéfices nets semestriels de plus de 15 millions de dollars. Et Ethiopian Airlines compte multiplier ses profits par six (à 10 milliards de dollars) à l’horizon 2025.

    source: http://www.jeuneafrique.com/Articles/Dossier/ARTJAJA2601p101-103.xml0/algerie-angola-congo-tchadciel-africain-les-compagnies-en-ordre-de-bataille.html


    Interesting article though its in French, enjoy it abesha
    - Ras Siyan, in 14 years
  • Vraiment interessant! Merci pour l'article Ras Siyan. Il semble qu'Ethiopian est dans une bonne position pour dominer le marche africain. Go Ethiopian!
    - AM2, in 14 years
  • No way, another French-speaking abesha on the Oasis? :D
    - abesha, in 14 years
  • No way, another French-speaking abesha on the Oasis? :D
    I went to the Lycee in Addis. Are you the other french speaker in here Abesha?
    - AM2, in 14 years
  • Yeah I am ;)
    - abesha, in 15 years
  • Vraiment interessant! Merci pour l'article Ras Siyan

    De rien! Et bienvenue sur SSC? :cheers:

    BTW, vous etes les produits du lycée Guebre Mariam d'Addis?
    - Ras Siyan, in 15 years
  • Inside look at Boeing 777:

    TdCME9CW-WY
    - Yoniii, in 15 years
  • De rien! Et bienvenue sur SSC? :cheers:

    BTW, vous etes les produits du lycée Guebre Mariam d'Addis?

    Merci bien Ras Siyan. Et oui, je suis un ancien lyceen. J'ai fais ma premiere an 95. J'ai eu l'honneur de connaitre plusieurs Djiboutiens au lycee. Respect!
    - AM2, in 16 years
  • hot damn if that's what economy looks like i can only imagine what business class is..
    - venezian, in 16 years
  • http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/9885/eatraining.jpg

    Addis Ababa, December 1, 2010 (Addis Ababa) - Ethiopian Airlines said it has received four of the ten DA40NG pilot training aircrafts, which are part of the ten DA40NG training aircrafts purchased at a total cost of EUR3.7 million in July 2010 from Diamond Aircraft Industries, Austrian Aircraft manufacturer.
    Ethiopian said the remaining aircrafts will be delivered successively in the coming months until June 2011.

    It said DA40NG, glass cockpit and single engine training aircraft, is powered by AE300 engine which is designed to perform well in high altitude. It also uses Jet A1 fuel instead of Avgas that that has a better economic advantage.

    These brand new aircraft will enhance the on-going pilot training at Ethiopian Aviation Academy to the highest international level for Ethiopian and other African Airlines cadet flight crews, it said.

    Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy has become a powerful source of the African aviation training. The Academy is committed to developing and providing a competent workforce for Ethiopian Airlines in particular and the aviation industry for the region in general.

    Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian, Girma Waqe on the occasion said the aircrafts will significantly contribute to curb shortage of pilot training aircrafts.

    Academy Head, Captain Lemma Tekalign on his part said the aircrafts arrived at a time when Ethiopian is striving to achieve its vision to create a number of pilots. - ENA (http://www.ena.gov.et/EnglishNews/2010/Dec/01Dec10/127503.htm)
    Cute little plane's, they should sell them as toys.
    - Yoniii, in 16 years
  • I actually thought it was a toy plane until I saw the EAL colors on it.
    - abesha, in 16 years
  • http://www.airliners.net/photo/Ethiopian-Airlines/Boeing-777-260-LR/1819191/L/

    http://www.airliners.net/photo/Ethiopian-Airlines/Boeing-777-260-LR/1816469/L/

    new 737
    http://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled-(Ethiopian-Airlines)/Boeing-737-8HO/1810914/M/
    - venezian, in 16 years
  • http://www.ethiopianairlines.com/en/graphics/body/corporate/etlogo.jpg http://www.ethiopianairlines.com/en/graphics/body/corporate/airChaina.jpg

    Ethiopian Signs Code Share Deal with Air China

    Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to announce that it has entered into a code share agreement with Air China. The code share agreement strengthens Ethiopian’s partnership with one of the global airlines in China, allowing passengers of both carriers to have wider choices of services between Asia and Africa. Currently, Air China operates 925 daily departures to 156 scheduled destinations throughout the world.

    Under this agreement, the two carriers jointly provide fourteen weekly flights on the Addis Ababa Guangzhou and Addis Ababa Beijing routes. The new code share will also strengthen Ethiopian’s flight network between Addis Ababa and Asian countries. Likewise, the agreement will provide Asian customers seamless connection via Addis Ababa to vast Ethiopian network in Africa.

    Air China, the member of Star Alliance, is the world’s largest carrier by market capitalization with a capacity of flights each week worldwide.

    Ethiopian Airlines, one of the largest airlines in Africa, continues to enhance its network by means of code share agreements with several regional and international carriers in Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Africa.
    - Yoniii, in 17 years
  • ^^When will they buy EAL? :lol::ohno:
    - Simfan34, in 17 years
  • Ethiopian Airlines receives another Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft

    Ethiopian Airlines said on Sunday that it has received the second delivery of a Boeing 777- 200LR, making it the first African airliner to possess and operate the ultra-long-range aircraft.

    The aircraft arrived at Bole International Airport on Saturday, an Ethiopian official told Xinhua in a statement.

    The newly arrived aircraft transported also anesthesia equipment valued at more than 500,000 U. S.dollars to Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa free of charge. The equipment was transported by the Ethiopian airlines in partnership with Boeing Company and Seattle Anesthesia Outreach.

    The delivery is the part of Ethiopia's five orders to Boeing Company at the cost of 1.3 billion dollars.

    Ethiopian CEO Girma Wake said "since its inception, Ethiopian airline has been engaged in various corporate social responsibility activities which support community initiative and development efforts."

    "We see our planes as not only a resource for our airline but also a resource of vital service for the people of Ethiopia, and when we can use that resource in a manner such as this, it truly reaffirms our commitment to undertake social responsibilities whenever and wherever we can."

    Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship for Northwest Region Director Liz Warman said, " Boeing and its airline partners have been working to fill what is sometimes empty cargo space to help bring relief to people around the globe."

    Most of the medical supplies being shipped to Ethiopia were donated by Swedish Medical Center which is the largest and most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Great Seattle area.
    http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90777/90855/7235836.html

    Big-up to EA.
    - Yoniii, in 17 years
  • What do you guys think the chances are of Ethiopian flying to Seattle?
    - EriFly, in 18 years
  • Pretty remote I think, at least in the near future. They're talking of starting new routes to Toronto and Atlanta soon though.
    - AM2, in 18 years
  • Ethiopian sees 10 bln USD annual income as of 2025

    Addis Ababa, January 2, 2011 (Addis Ababa) - The Ethiopian Airlines disclosed plan to raise its annual revenue to 10 billion USD in 15 years.
    Ethiopian in its 15-year strategic plan envisages increasing its annual income to 10 billon USD by 2025.
    The newly appointed chief executive officer and management board of Ethiopian took up their duties on Friday.
    Speaking on the occasion, Chairperson of the new management board, Addisu Legesse said introduction of the 15-year strategic plan of Ethiopian is essential for the advancement of the carrier. It is also crucial for the realization of five-year national Growth and Transformation Plan.
    The new chief CEO of Ethiopian, Tewelde Gebremariam for his part said over the coming years, the carrier would be restructured into seven independent departments.
    Having transformed itself into an aviation team the will be working harder to boost its income, Tewolde added.
    According to the strategic plan, Ethiopian will fly 13 million international customers to 92 destinations annually using 70 jet planes.
    It also will carry 5 million domestic customers to 26 destinations using 27 turbo planes.
    Jumbo cargo planes will be deployed to boost its annual cargo capacity to 700,000 ton according to a report filed by Ethiopian Radio and Televison Agency.

    http://www.ena.gov.et/EnglishNews/2011/Jan/02Jan11/130224.htm
    - DZman, in 18 years
  • Emirates plane slices Ethiopian tail on take-off

    January 5, 2011

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    ADDIS ABABA - An Emirates passenger airliner landed safely after it smashed the tail of a parked Ethiopian plane during take-off at Bole Airport, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

    The Reporter said an Emirates Airbus A340 bound for Uganda hit the tail of a parked Ethiopian Boeing 777 which had arrived from the U.S.

    The report didn't disclose how many passengers were onboard the Emirates plane, nor if there was any injury.

    The Emirates plane whose wing had caught fire upon collision flew back to its destination after undergoing repair same day.

    Airlines officials couldn't comment whether The Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 777, which sustained substantial damage, would be repaired at home in Addis or at Boeing plants in the US...........This is really unfair - why the new plane..:ohno::bash:

    Ethiopian bought five Boeing 777-200 LR for USD 500 million last November.

    Ethiopian Airlines already has a sizable Boeing fleet, with 737's, 757's, and 767's. It has standing orders for 787 Dreamliners and more 737's, in addition to the big continent-connecting 777's. Their fleet is one of the world's youngest.


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    - Ahadu, in 18 years
  • that sucks!! im sure this will ruin Ethiopians Expansion plans for now..
    - EriFly, in 18 years
  • I wonder what the problem was....that airport is quite busy during certain hours, specially for its size. I wouldn't be surprised if it's related to that. That expansion seems overdue.
    - abesha, in 18 years
  • that sucks!! im sure this will ruin Ethiopians Expansion plans for now..

    I doubt this will have any effect on Ethiopian's expansion. I'm sure this plane will be back in action in no time.
    - AM2, in 18 years
  • An airline dispute has grounded hundreds of Ethiopians claiming Jewish descent from immigrating to Israel, an official said on Wednesday.


    Israel had flown 100 of the Ethiopian claimants, known as Falash Mura, to Tel Aviv each month on Ethiopian Airlines in recent years but none has come since December, said Michael Jankelowitz, a spokesman for the Jewish Agency, the quasi-governmental agency that handles Jewish immigration.

    Since then the Ethiopian national carrier has refused to fly the Falash Mura, citing lack of cabin space, due to Israel's refusal to allow an increase in the number of weekly flights from three to five, said Jankelowitz.:banned:...Good job ET! Tell them like that, this is not another corrupt African Airlines - there is an internationally accepted rule of flying frequency.

    Israel has been demanding that an Israeli airline also be allowed to fly the route, but Ethiopia has so far refused......We may not out smart the Jewish business attitude, but...come on, we are not that much fool - there is a rule of law!...:nono:

    The issue came to a head on Wednesday when Ethiopian authorities refused to allow a foreign-owned aircraft chartered by the agency to land in Addis Ababa to pick up 170 emigrants, said Jankelowitz........:lol: Sheer Arogance! Unbelievable, even Wuyeyet Taxi in Addis have some sort of business conduct....

    A second plane chartered for Thursday was also cancelled, he said.

    "They are all now stranded in Addis Ababa outside the Jewish Agency compound," he said.

    Israel began bringing Ethiopia's Jewish community to Israel in 1984 under the Law of Return, which guarantees citizenship to all Jews. That operation was largely completed by 1991.

    The Falash Mura are not considered to be Jewish under the faith's strict rules and therefore are not eligible under the law. Nevertheless, successive Israeli governments have authorised bringing some 11,000 of them to Israel.

    The Falash Mura are the descendants of Ethiopian Jews who converted to Christianity, many of them under duress, in the 18th and 19th centuries. Many have relatives among the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel.

    Jankelowitz said the agency was now negotiating to charter an aircraft from Ethiopian Airlines.



    BTW: We are very thankful for the people of Israel for accommodating & helping out such a vast number of poverty stricken Ethiopians.
    - Ahadu, in 18 years
  • Nice article I found, talks about the airline business world wide but here is the Africa portion:


    Airlines: surviving in a changing world


    The standouts in 2011 will possess a sound – and flexible – strategy. Many will introduce one or more of the following ingredients:

    - rapid fleet and network development;
    - a new business model;
    - innovative products and services;
    - consolidation or cross-border JV activity;
    - financial outperformance (or financial distress)

    AFRICA

    Air Arabia Egypt - Egypt is an ideal market for Air Arabia, due to a lack of surface transportation and significant two-way business and leisure travel and lack of LCC competition.

    Air Arabia Maroc - With its fleet of A320 aircraft, the airline is expanding its network into Europe to take advantage of Morocco's vertical open skies agreement with the EU.

    Arik Air - Arik Air is seeking to establish a stronger network, with the clear intention of becoming a serious African force.

    Ethiopian Airlines - The carrier is planning considerable long-haul expansion having around 45 aircraft on order – for the largest fleet order in the region - coinciding with the rise of the Addis Ababa hub.

    Kenya Airways - The airline’s CEO Titus Naikuni in Oct-2010 commented that the carrier is benefiting as a “number of countries continue to open up their skies, which is tied to the deepening democracy and free market [policies]”.

    1time - 1Time CEO Rodney James is calling for authorities to allow South African LCCs to operate more routes into the rest of Africa, adding that it could significantly boost traffic if they were permitted to grow their capacity.

    Source (http://www.travelio.net/airlines-surviving-in-a-changing-world.html)
    - yosef, in 18 years
  • I doubt this will have any effect on Ethiopian's expansion. I'm sure this plane will be back in action in no time.

    Does anyone have very current information about the boeing 777LR if it is back on action? I'm just wondering to know.....
    - dorzew, in 18 years
  • It's still flying.. i flew in it back to DC 4 days after it was hit and my cousin just flew back in it today.
    - venezian, in 18 years
  • They have two 777LR though. I am glad the damage was minimal.
    - dorzew, in 18 years
  • They have two 777LR though. I am glad the damage was minimal.

    are you sure? i don't think they've taken delivery of the second one, not until March i think.
    - venezian, in 19 years
  • ^^ They've already taken delivery of the second 777. Maybe that's the one you flew in?
    http://nazret.com/blog/index.php/2010/12/19/ethiopia-ethiopian-airlines-receives-2nd-boeing-777-200-lr-aircraft
    - AM2, in 19 years
  • ^^ They've already taken delivery of the second 777. Maybe that's the one you flew in?
    http://nazret.com/blog/index.php/2010/12/19/ethiopia-ethiopian-airlines-receives-2nd-boeing-777-200-lr-aircraft

    i'm pretty sure i flew in the damaged one because they had to remove 20 people from my flight ($300 voucher, a business class seat on the next days flight, and a hotel voucher at sheraton or hilton)
    when i got on the plane, the back half of the plane was taped off and they said it was do to a mechanical problem

    either way the plane had to fly back to the states for the repairs

    i don't think i would have flown if i had known that the real problem was... i knew i should have taken the offer lol
    - venezian, in 19 years
  • I would have taken the offer man, no doubt! Especially if I knew I was flying in a damaged plane!
    - AM2, in 19 years
  • Ethiopia increases cooperation with Lufthansa
    (eTN) - Information received from Addis Ababa indicates that Ethiopian Airlines (ET) and Lufthansa (LH) last week signed an initial 5-year deal for the introduction and use of LH’s Lido/Take Off Performance Solution into the ET flight operations. Substantial savings are expected to be generated, but this latest deal between the two airlines underscores the already existing close cooperation and, in fact, further intensifies it.

    Both airlines fly in codesshare from Frankfurt ten times a week to Addis Ababa, and the Lufthansa flight number then extends to a large and growing number of regional destinations in Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa. Towards that end, ET has introduced double daily frequencies to key airports to permit seamless connections, both ways, for travelers using the joint flights from and to Frankfurt.

    It is understood from a Lufthansa source that this close cooperation is in fact showing growing success in terms of passenger numbers and cargo uplifted on the long-haul flights and beyond. Ethiopian Airlines will be joining the global industry leader Star Alliance later in 2011 and expects added benefits from becoming a full member of the world’s most far reaching aviation cooperation.
    http://www.eturbonews.com/files/imagecache/fullpage/art-1_black_rectangle_0.jpg
    - Liones, in 20 years
  • Looks like the 3rd 777 has come in:


    Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines, Seattle Anesthesia Outreach Partner for Relief Flight

    SEATTLE, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second time in less than two months, Boeing (NYSE: BA), Ethiopian Airlines and Seattle Anesthesia Outreach (SAO) have partnered to deliver medical equipment to Black Lion Hospital, Ethiopia's largest hospital. The first consignment was delivered in December 2010.

    Approximately 2,700 pounds (1.2 metric tons) of medical supplies were loaded into the cargo hold of a new Boeing 777-200LR (longer range) delivered to Ethiopian Airlines on Jan. 26. Some of the supplies, such as electrical converters and other power items, supplement the anesthesia equipment transported in December.

    "Through collaborative efforts such as this, Boeing is able to help bring relief to people around the world. Black Lion Hospital provides free medical care to the poor and this equipment will improve capabilities there," said Liz Warman, director of Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship for the Northwest region.

    The supplies will prove vital when a group of 28 Seattle doctors, nurses and technicians travel to Ethiopia next month as part of ongoing humanitarian support to that region.

    Since 1992, Boeing and airline partners as well as non-profit partners in the Humanitarian Delivery Flights (HDF) program have collaborated on many humanitarian missions.

    Ethiopian Airlines is committed to support worthy social activities, which are designed to help build sustainable livelihoods for individuals and the community.


    Source (http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/boeing-ethiopian-airlines-seattle-anesthesia-outreach-partner-for-relief-flight-114737784.html)


    Ethiopian receives third Boeing 777-200LR

    Ethiopian Airlines has taken another leap forward by receiving its third brand new 777–200LR on Friday, January 28, 2011. The 3rd 777-200LR arrived at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport this morning at 0830 LT, carrying passengers from Seattle and Washington.

    Ethiopian Airlines plans to substantially increase its network worldwide which will be supported by technological and environmental advanced fleet. This move will, no doubt, enable Ethiopian to provide competitive and enhanced products and services to its customers.

    Ethiopian Airlines’ 777–200LR is the longest range commercial aircraft in the world, currently operating non–stop from Washington to Addis Ababa. The airline would take delivery of two more 777-200LR before the end of 2011.

    For the second time in the 777-200LR delivery flight, Ethiopian Airlines, Boeing and Seattle Anesthesia Outreach (SAO) partnered to deliver a shipment of medical equipment to Black Lion Hospital, Ethiopia’s largest hospital. Approximately 2,700 pounds (1.2 metric tons) of medical supplies were loaded into the cargo hold of the 3rd new Boeing 777-200LR.

    Ethiopian currently operates a total fleet of 45 aircraft. In addition, the airline has 34 new airplanes on order direct from the manufacturers, including the two 777–200LRs and twelve A350–900, ten 787s and ten 737–800 Jets.

    Air Transport News.com (http://www.airtransportnews.aero/article.pl?mcateg=&id=27934)
    - yosef, in 20 years
  • ^^ Third Boeing 777-200LR!? That is way nice for people who travel long distance. And, of course there will be more option to fly direct. The national flag career is doing great.
    - dorzew, in 20 years
  • Seattle? Great, but when can we see NYC?!
    - Simfan34, in 20 years
  • ^^ This is just a one time thing, since the planes were assembled in Seattle. I don't think Ethiopian has any plans of flying to Seattle regularly any time soon.
    - AM2, in 20 years
  • Seattle? Great, but when can we see NYC?!

    Boeing's Headquarters is in Seattle.:lol:
    - Hersh, in 20 years
  • Boeing's Headquarters is in Seattle.:lol:

    I could swear they moved to Chicago! Their main plant is there, though, or at least near it, Everett.
    - Simfan34, in 20 years
  • I could swear they moved to Chicago! Their main plant is there, though, or at least near it, Everett.

    Yes; I worked there a few years ago as a Network Admin, when I lived in Seattle.
    - Hersh, in 20 years
  • i think the next planned route for the 777 is Beijing? or Hong Kong, then Toronto???
    - venezian, in 21 years
  • Yes; I worked there a few years ago as a Network Admin, when I lived in Seattle.

    Oh cool!
    - Simfan34, in 21 years
  • Apparently the one damaged 777 has been repaired (at least according to this person):

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/5449036032_36404dccdd_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gobez/5449036032)
    Ethiopian Airlines B777-260LR
    Repaired, up and running again. Arriving from Washington Dulles

    (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gobez/5449036032/) by Fasil.g (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gobez/), on Flickr
    - yosef, in 21 years
  • Nice shot!
    - Yoniii, in 21 years
  • Apparently the one damaged 777 has been repaired (at least according to this person):Flickr

    Those engines look too big for the plane! :lol:
    - Simfan34, in 21 years
  • Those engines look too big for the plane! :lol:
    Random info here, the engines on a 777 are the biggest engines on a Boeing plane. Their size is the same as the fuselage of a 737 ... i learnt this on the Boeing tour :D
    - AM2, in 21 years
  • photo: Jahnyjet

    Construction of the remaining two Ethiopian 777s

    http://www.johnnyjet.com/photos/Seattle-Washington-Boeing-Plant-Tour-777-787-2010-32.jpg
    http://www.johnnyjet.com/photos/Seattle-Washington-Boeing-Plant-Tour-777-787-2010-36.jpg
    http://www.johnnyjet.com/photos/Seattle-Washington-Boeing-Plant-Tour-777-787-2010-26.jpg
    http://www.johnnyjet.com/photos/Seattle-Washington-Boeing-Plant-Tour-777-787-2010-14.jpg
    - Skyliner123, in 21 years
  • Beautiful!

    I'm going to post it in the General Africa forum. ;)
    - abesha, in 21 years
  • Just a quick question if anyone knows the answer... do they paint the plane then put on that Green/Silver layer over it? Oh and whats the use of it
    - EriFly, in 21 years
  • ^^ Something else i learned on the tour, they actually paint the different colors. White is the lightest color (weight wise), so that's the most preferrable. The darker the color, the heavier the weight, so that's why most planes are white, and they try to limit the colors to a minimum. I thought this was interesting
    - AM2, in 21 years
  • ERiFly,

    The green finnishing is more of a preservative primer.

    AM2,

    good point about the white paint. Also be mindful that white paing is a reflectant which reflects the sunshine awat thus redusing the aging process on the fuselage
    - Skyliner123, in 21 years
  • ERiFly,

    The green finnishing is more of a preservative primer.

    AM2,

    good point about the white paint. Also be mindful that white paing is a reflectant which reflects the sunshine awat thus redusing the aging process on the fuselage
    Skyliner, I didn't know about reducing the aging process. Interesting. I'm pretty sure though that the green thing is a thin film of plastic that they put on the fuselage to protect it from scratching and damage during the assembly process. They then rip it off before painting the finsished plane.
    - AM2, in 21 years
  • AM2,

    You are quite knowligible! I really didn't know about the film thing
    - Skyliner123, in 21 years
  • OH i see that makes sense. Thanks for the explanation
    - EriFly, in 21 years
  • Ethiopian airline cargo wins african cargo airline of the year award :cheers:

    Permalink 11:40:22 pm, by nazret.com,

    Ethiopia - Ethiopian Cargo Wins “AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR” Award

    News Release – Ethiopian Airlines

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 25, 2011

    Ethiopian Cargo proudly announces that it has won “THE AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR” award at the Air Cargo Africa 2011 Conference held in Nairobi Kenya on 24 February 2011. The award was organized by STAT TIMES International for excellence in Air Cargo in Africa. According to the STAT TIMES, Ethiopian Airlines Cargo has won the nominations of its readers worldwide for the “STAT TIMES International Award for Excellence in Air Cargo” in the category of AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR.

    At the Gala Award Night held at the Crowne Plaza in Nairobi on 24 February 2011, Mr. Esayas Woldemariam Vice President Ethiopian Cargo received the award. The event was graced with the presence of Hon. Amos Kimunya, Transport Minister of the Republic of Kenya.
    Ethiopian Airlines cargo is the second largest revenue source (next to passenger) which is 15% of total revenue of the airlines. Ethiopian launched its first cargo charter operations to Nairobi in 1946. Since then the airline has been transporting goods ranging from industrial products to perishables.

    Recognizing cargo as part of its core business, Ethiopian has established a new a state-of-the-art cargo terminal with the capacity to hold 350,000 tons of cargo per annum that positioned Addis Ababa as a regional cargo hub.

    Ethiopian Cargo has made its main hub in Addis Ababa, its Europe hub in Liege, its Middle East hub in Dubai and its Asia hub in Hong Kong. Madras and Mumbai are also major cargo originating points. This is a pioneering endeavor by the airline to primarily encourage and promote Africa’s export business to Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

    Currently, Ethiopian has six dedicated cargo fleet which include; two 747-200F, two 757F and two MD-11s, operating the largest cargo fleet in Africa. In addition, the airline provides cargo services in the belly space of passenger fleet of B767-300, B757-200, B777-200 LR, B737-700 and B737-800 on a charter and scheduled basis. Ethiopian operates over 40 cargo destinations spread across Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East via its major hub in Addis Ababa. No other airline in Africa avails cargo services of such dimension and magnitude.
    nazret.com
    - abnet, in 21 years
  • Ethiopian to Start New Flights to Hangzhou, its Fourth Destination in China

    Ethiopian Airlines is pleased to unveil its plan to commence new flights to Hangzhou, one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China effective May 1, 2011. Hangzhou, located in Zhejiang province, is famous for its picturesque scenery, rich history, and is without question one of the most beautiful cities in China.

    Hangzhou is a great alternative to the busy Shanghai airport for those traveling to/from Shanghai as it is only 45 minutes away via Shanghai–Hangzhou high-speed train. Hangzhou is also ideally located for both business people and for traders. Yiwu, a famous commodities trading center, is also only 100km away from Hangzhou with convenient and frequent coach services. Ethiopian’s new flight service to Hangzhou provides travelers from all over Africa an easy and fast way to the strategic Chinese business hub of Shanghai and Yiwu.

    With the opening of the 4th destination in China, Ethiopian Airlines will expand dependable passenger and cargo handling services to traders, business people and tourists between China and Africa via the strategic business hub at Addis Ababa.

    In addition to the five weekly flights to Hangzhou, Ethiopian provides daily services to Beijing and Guangzhou, plus four weekly flights to Hong Kong. “This new operation to Hangzhou reinforces our commitment to the Chinese traveling public and the strong ties between China and Africa”, said Mr. Tewolde G. Mariam, CEO of Ethiopian.

    Ethiopian Airlines is the first African airlines to connect the People’s Democratic Republic of China with Africa, starting with its first flight to Beijing on November 07, 1973. Since then Ethiopian has been facilitating trade, tourism, investment, and diplomatic relations between Africa and China. No airline provides more links between Africa and China than Ethiopian Airlines.

    http://ethiopianairlines.com/en/news/pressreleases.aspx?hl=%20220
    - Yoniii, in 21 years
  • Flying to both Guangzhou and Hong Kong? Hangzhou before Shanghai, Tianjin, or Chongqing? There must be some good reason behind this, because I don't see it... and are there really more people in Hangzhou who want to go to Ethiopia than in New York?
    - Simfan34, in 21 years
  • Flying to both Guangzhou and Hong Kong? Hangzhou before Shanghai, Tianjin, or Chongqing? There must be some good reason behind this, because I don't see it... and are there really more people in Hangzhou who want to go to Ethiopia than in New York?
    Hangzhou is only 45 min from Shanghai with high-speed train and I'm guessing that it's cheaper for the airline to fly there compared to Shanghai (airport tax).
    - Yoniii, in 21 years
  • Hangzhou is only 45 min from Shanghai with high-speed train and I'm guessing that it's cheaper for the airline to fly there compared to Shanghai (airport tax).

    Ahh, I see.
    - Simfan34, in 21 years
  • Ethiopian Airlines started non-stop service to several domestic destinations from Addis

    Source: ENA

    Ethiopian announced direct flight to seven towns in the country.

    Flight, Marketing and Sales Director with Ethiopian Airlines, Abebe Angessa told Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) on Wednesday that Bahirdar, Gondar, Axum, Lalibela, Mekelle, Jimma and Dire Dawa are the towns which will get the service from the airline.

    He said there was no direct flight to these towns earlier which used to force passengers waste time and money.

    But now, he said, Ethiopian started direct operation from Addis Ababa to these towns every morning due to the ever increasing demand.

    So far, he said, the passengers were exposed to unnecessary expenses and the multi-faceted activities enabled to avoid various hurdles like delay, flight cancellation and deferment.

    Ethiopian is rendering service to 500,000 domestic travelers every year.
    - Yoniii, in 21 years
  • Photo credits: Robin Tian

    Ethiopian 777 business class (the airline did away with its frist class cabins years ago)
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    where is the damage?
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    - Skyliner123, in 22 years
  • more
    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_qMb-iTaF4mo/TOri0m1ZJiI/AAAAAAAAAdk/DHfjq9znQIc/b777-4.png.jpg

    crew rest area (located above the pasanger deak)
    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_qMb-iTaF4mo/TOri3e24K5I/AAAAAAAAAd0/BawVBm4WNVg/b777-8.png.jpg
    photo credit: Harar World
    - Skyliner123, in 22 years
  • I wish they could use the 777 for a non-stop between Stockholm and Addis. :D
    - Yoniii, in 22 years
  • There is nothing in Stockholm. Who in their right mind would want to fly out there. Infact, who would want to live there.
    - Skyliner123, in 22 years
  • http://www.ethiopianreporter.com/english/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1948:ethiopian-establishes-jv-with-chinese-firms-for-hotel-construction&catid=98:news&Itemid=511

    Ethiopian establishes JV with Chinese firms for hotel construction


    By Kaleyesus Bekele

    The Ethiopian Airlines is establishing a joint venture company with Hainan Air of China and China Africa Development Fund (CADF) to build and own the five-star hotel Ethiopian plans to build near the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. In an exclusive interview with The Reporter, Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian, said that the construction of the hotel was delayed due to issues related to land. “There were certain issues that need to be dealt with in connection with the land possession. But now we have finalized that process and we have secured the land ownership certificate from the Addis Ababa City Administration,” Tewolde said.

    The CEO said the other factor that delayed the construction is that Ethiopian is not building the hotel alone, as it was originally planned. “It is not only Ethiopian that will build the hotel. Hainan Air of China and the China Africa Development Fund have teamed up with us to build the hotel. The majority shareholder will be Ethiopian (more than 50 percent) but Hainan Air and China Africa Development Fund will each have a share. So we are establishing a joint venture company. We have to also form a board of directors that will manage the hotel. So that is why it took so long. But I believe that we will soon finish that and start the construction after a couple of months.”

    The original plan of Ethiopian was to construct a four-star hotel at a cost of 30 million dollars. Ethiopian revised the plan and increased it to a five-star hotel. The management of the hotel decided to build the hotel with the view to alleviating shortage of hotel rooms for its transit passengers. Especially when there is an international conference in Addis Ababa the airline will have difficulty in finding adequate rooms for its passengers. Ethiopian had asked to buy the state-owned hotels in historical towns like Lalibela, Bahir Dar and Gondar. The request was rejected by the then Ethiopian Public Enterprises Supervisory Authority which said that a state enterprise can not own another state enterprise.
    - Roha, in 23 years
  • There is nothing in Stockholm. Who in their right mind would want to fly out there. Infact, who would want to live there.

    :lol: I'm raised in Stockholm! If it was up to me, I would live here during the summer (3-4 month) and in Ethio the rest of the time.

    Stockholm probably has the largest Ethiopian community in Europe, not to mention the large Somali community, which is good for EA business.
    - Yoniii, in 23 years
  • Ethiopian Airlines to open third hub in Lusaka

    AFRICA's aviation giant Ethiopian Airlines will soon open its third hub in Lusaka, which will serve as a southern African regional centre.

    Making the announcement at the Ethiopian Airlines headquarters in Addis Ababa on Friday, chief executive officer Tewolge Gebremariam said Zambia had been selected to host the airline's regional centre owing to increased traffic demand and its geographical location.

    “I am pleased to say that we plan to open our new hub in Zambia. This will be the third hub after the headquarters and another one which was opened in Lome (Togo, west Africa) last year.”

    “Zambia is a major commercial destination and we recognise that we have the highest market share in your country,” he said.

    Gebremariam further said the airline would this year introduce a direct flight between Lusaka and Addis Ababa without diverting to Harare.

    “That plan is already underway, but we are waiting for our new 737-800 planes to arrive which will service that route,” he said. And Gebremariam announced that Ethiopian Airlines made a US $123 million in net profit last year.

    He said the success recorded in 2010 had enabled the airline to add three new 777-200 Long Range (LR) Boeing aircraft to its fleet.

    “We spent about US $750 million to purchase our new 777-200 LR jets. These are very successful Boeings with the main advantage of flying over 17 hours nonstop. The new jets will service the Addis Ababa - Beijing route,” Gebremariam said.

    He further said Ethiopian Airlines had started the process of transforming to Ethiopian Aviation Group which shall consist of a group of companies with their respective profit centres providing passenger and cargo air transportation, aviation training, flight catering, maintenance and overhaul services.

    He said this was contained in the Airline's vision 2025, which would also see passenger handling increase from the current estimation of 3 million to 18 million per year.

    Meanwhile Gebremariam bemoaned the sharp increase in jet fuel prices owing to the unrest in Libya and other oil-producing countries.

    “It will be very difficult for us to beat the US $123 million profit recorded last year because of the increase in jet fuel price from US $800 per barrel to US$1,110. This is mainly because of civil unrest in the Middle East and other oil-producing nations,” said Gebremariam.
    http://www.postzambia.com/post-read_article.php?articleId=19127
    - Yoniii, in 23 years
  • Why Lusaka? Do they plan on expanding? because if they stop flying via Harare then it will only be left with 2 Destinations, Addis Ababa and Lilongwe.

    Also if the Eritrean-Ethiopian dispute ever ended, do you think Ethiopian would fly to Asmara?
    - EriFly, in 23 years
  • Also if the Eritrean-Ethiopian dispute ever ended, do you think Ethiopian would fly to Asmara?

    Ethiopian Airlines flies to Kenya, Djibouti, Sudan and why not Eritrea? If there is peace, the business ties between Ethiopia and Eritrea would surpass any other nation in Africa. The sky is the limit and I eagerly await for that to happen.
    - Bekele100, in 23 years
  • Why Lusaka? Do they plan on expanding? because if they stop flying via Harare then it will only be left with 2 Destinations, Addis Ababa and Lilongwe.

    Also if the Eritrean-Ethiopian dispute ever ended, do you think Ethiopian would fly to Asmara?
    They are constantly expanding their network, they would probably expand at a faster rate if it wasn't for Boeings delays in delivering their aircrafts.

    Lusaka will be a hub for the Southern regions of Africa. Zambia is a country that attracts a lot of investors and trade, so I'm guessing that increasing traffic is the reason to why they picked Lusaka. Relatively low airport fees might also be a reason. I doubt that they will stop flying to Harare, it will probably be replaced with a direct flight.

    Of course they would fly to Asmara, not to mention all the trade we could have had between our countries. This "beef" is the most ridiculous thing ever.
    - Yoniii, in 23 years
  • Africa Airline
    Ethiopian secures additional financing for B777s

    http://www.eturbonews.com/files/imagecache/fullpage/Ethiopian_Airlines_Boeing_777.jpg

    By Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN | Mar 25, 2011

    (eTN) - It was learned overnight that Ethiopian Airlines (ET) has been given approval by the African Development Bank for a co-syndicated secondary loan of US$40million towards the five Boeing B777-200LRs, which form part of an extensive order for newer and additional aircraft. ET has been at the forefront of African aviation and operates an impressive inter-African network, connecting the world via Addis Ababa through their direct flights and their codeshared flights from Frankfurt with Lufthansa.

    Due to formally join Star Alliance later in the year, the entry into the globally leading airline alliance will further strengthen Ethiopian’s position to distribute traffic to Africa from their own overseas destinations but also in close partnership with their alliance partners.

    In a related development, it was also learned that ET will be going daily on the route to Beijing from May onwards, just as soon as more of the ordered B777s arrive at their base and can be taken into service.


    http://www.eturbonews.com/21957/ethiopian-secures-additional-financing-b777s
    - enkelfam, in 24 years
  • This is nothing but good news!!

    I've already racked up 50,000 miles through Sheba miles and have plans to travel to Asia in a couple of years. Hopefully I can add more miles through those destinations instead of IAD - ADD route lol
    - venezian, in 25 years
  • To start negotiations with Boeing for B777 freighters acquisitions

    By Kaleyesus Bekele

    The Ethiopian Airlines is to embark on a major cargo terminal expansion project at its hub at the Bole International Airport. Ethiopian CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told The Reporter that as the country’s import export is growing, the demand for cargo hauling service is also growing. To meet the growing demand the airline is to build a new cargo terminal and order for new cargo aircraft. With six cargo aircraft - 2 757-200F, 2 MD11 and 2 Boeing B747 - Ethiopian has the largest cargo fleet in Africa.

    In order to assist the flowering horticulture business the airlines is undertaking various activities. Previously, the management had completed the architectural design of the new cargo terminal and floated a tender. However, since the offered prices were by far larger than estimated, it cancelled the bid. With the view of reducing the cost the management is now redesigning the planned cargo terminal. The airline will soon put up a tender that will enable it to select the company that will construct the terminal.

    “We are redesigning the perishable cargo warehouse (cold storage) expansion project so that it includes the whole warehouse expansion (both the dry cargo warehouse and perishable cargo ware house) expansion,” Tewolde told The Reporter. “We will be floating the bid soon.”

    Ethiopian is also in the process to place orders state of the art cargo aircraft.
    “We are also seriously evaluating to acquire the B-777 freighter aircraft. Today, this is the most efficient freighter aircraft in the world, especially in today’s high fuel price environment. This is in line with our vision 2025 freighter fleet plan,” Tewolde said. “We will soon start negotiation with Boeing.” Ethiopian has been providing cargo services for the Ethiopian horticulture sector at a time when there were few exporters and the airline served those handful of exporters with loss.

    With the view to launch new cargo flight destinations, the management of Ethiopian is undertaking a study. “We are also studying market diversification to the flower export destinations. This is being conducted with the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association and the Ethiopian Horticulture Development Agency.” The amount of cargo being hauled by the national flag carrier has increased from 42,000 tonnes to 110,000 in the past five years.

    In cooperation with IATA, Ethiopian will also start working on E-Freight and Cargo-2000 compliance projects to enable ET to fully comply with the requirements.
    - Skyliner123, in 25 years
  • Ethiopian airlines get 1.2 billion birr(70 million us dollar) profit in 8 months.

    By Kirubel Tadesse
    Monday, 28 March 2011 15:29

    Ethiopian Airlines has pocketed 1.2 billion birr in net profits from operations in the first eight months of the current 2010/11 fiscal year, a Transport Ministry report disclosed early this week.
    An 872 million birr profit was the target but Ethiopian during the eight month period performed above expectations by 140 percent bringing in 1.2 billion birr, according to the Transport Ministry’s report presented before parliament on Tuesday.:applause::applause:
    “The profit surge was partly aided by the devaluation but mainly resulted from the performance of the airline,” Transport Minister Diriba Kuma told the House during Tuesday’s regular session.
    During the period, the national flag carrier carried 319,000 passengers domestically while its International passenger network transported 2.1 million people.
    “We haven’t closed our financial books but the estimate we asses is a growth of 20 percent from last year,” Ethiopian CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said in a February interview.:cheers:
    According to the latest report submitted to parliament, Ethiopian has been expanding its routes internationally and in the eight month period signed a number of code share agreements.
    Carriers in Brazil, Singapore, Gabon, Central Africa, South Korea, Mozambique, Saudi Arabia and China carriers have all partnered with Ethiopian. Already deals with South African, Nigeria and Belgium SAS, Rwanda, Air India and China Air are in effect, the report said.
    The growing number of code share deals allows the carrier to jointly provide services with its partner to and from Addis Ababa to various destinations, which will help Ethiopian to scale up the destinations it flies to.
    As part of this expansion, effective May 2011, Ethiopian will introduce daily non–stop services from Addis Ababa to Beijing-China using the airlines brand new ultra-modern Boeing 777-200LRs.
    This aircraft features the award-winning Boeing Signature Interior, fitted with 34 luxurious sleeper seats in the Cloud Nine class, as well as 271 wide legroom seats in Economy class.
    “The new nonstop flights will shave almost three hours off the current flight time on the route and will allow passengers to have convenient and direct access to China, linking Beijing with dozens of countries in Africa via Ethiopian’s hub at Addis Ababa,” Ethiopian said in a statement.
    Ethiopian Airlines has code share agreements with Air China, a Star Alliance member, allowing passengers to have a wider choice of services between Asia and Africa. Under the agreements, the two carriers jointly provide services to/from Addis Ababa- Guangzhou and Addis Ababa-Beijing.
    The latest move by the airlines is part of a fifteen year strategic plan, vision 2025, that aims to have Ethiopian evolve into a diversified aviation group separating its core operations into independent profit centers. International passenger network, Domestic and regional network, Cargo network, Maintenance, Repair, and Operations business, Aviation Academy, In-flight Catering and Ground Services are the envisioned independent business units that will come under the umbrella of The Ethiopian Group.
    News coming from Ethiopian headquarters in Bole in the past eight months hasn’t been all good; a report of 56 senior aircraft technicians trying to leave their jobs for offers in Qatar has troubled some.
    The employees subsequently claimed they were banned by security authorities from leaving the country, a move they said breached the country’s constitution article 32 Freedom of Movement that guarantees any citizen the freedom to leave the country at any time they wish to.
    “We [the management board of Ethiopian] didn’t say you can’t leave, that has never been the stand. We are now working to solve concerns and meet demands through negotiations; the technicians have contributed greatly to the airlines growth over years and we expect more from them in the future. What we are trying to do now is negotiate and solve issue amicably,” Transport Minister Diriba Kuma told Capital while leaving parliament on Tuesday.
    The airlines recently invested 42 million dollars to expand its aviation academy that nurtures talent that later will be hired by the carrier’s various operations.


    © 2008 All Rights Reserved. Crown Publishing P.L.C, Tel +251 11 6 18 3253, P.O.Box 95/1110, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    - abnet, in 25 years
  • Mr. Gebremariam and his crew should run the country as well! :D
    - Yoniii, in 25 years
  • Mr. Gebremariam and his crew should run the country as well! :D

    So much for those people who accused him of being a Woyane hack! :banana:
    - Simfan34, in 25 years
  • So much for those people who accused him of being a Woyane hack! :banana:

    Are you trying to give him credit for this? He just took over recently.
    - Roha, in 26 years
  • ^^That's what I was just gonna say. Lol That's quite the slippery slope.

    Mr. Waqe pretty much laid the groundwork and operational plans for the next 20 years.

    This guy just has to follow that.
    - Hersh, in 26 years
  • Looks like Ethiopian should be getting its last 777 Soon.
    Heres ET-ANQ mVWs1sL9rcc
    - EriFly, in 26 years
  • Nice find EriFly
    - Skyliner123, in 26 years
  • On April 11, 2011, Ethiopian Airlines received, "Deal of the Year 2010" Award by Air Finance Journal, a leading financial magazine serving the commercial aviation industry worldwide. According to Air Finance Journal, Ethiopian Airlines won the award in the African category for the package deal to finance its five B777-200LR airplanes and a spare engine. Ethiopian Airlines’ profitable business plan and good history of repaying loans contributed to sealing the deal.

    Mr. Kassim Geresu, Chief Financial Officer of Ethiopian received the award during the ceremony held at Intrepid Museum in New York on April 11, 2011. While receiving the award Mr. Kassim said, "We would like thank all partners involved in this transaction and commend Citibank’s effort to bring together a consortium of non-aviation banks, particularly African Development Institutions to participate in the junior loan transaction that show the bank’s dedication and confidence on Ethiopian’s current strength and business plan."

    Ethiopian has in a row received three brand new 777-200LR aircraft continuing its plan to operate the newest fleet in the world. The fourth and the fifth aircraft will join in April and July 2011 respectively. Ethiopian Airlines is the first carrier in Africa to operate the ultra long range and environmentally friendly 777–200LR aircraft.

    http://www.ethiopianairlines.com/en/news/pressreleases.aspx?hl=%20225
    - dorzew, in 26 years
  • Ethiopian airlines seeks 1.45 billion dollars for 15 boeing jetliners purchase.
    The Reporter - English Edition
    Ethiopian seeks USD 1.45 bln for 15 Boeing jetliners purchase

    Saturday, 30 April 2011 08:12
    By KALEYESUS BEKELE

    The Ethiopian Airlines, the national flag carrier, is looking for 1.45 billion USD loan for the financing of the purchase of ten B787-8 and five B737-800 airplanes and spare engines. Kassim Geresu, chief financial officer of Ethiopian, told The Reporter that different types of loans are required (Finance lease - Ex-Im guaranteed
    Loan, PDP loan and Junior loan). The total amount is estimated to be around
    1.45 billion dollars.

    Kassim said Ethiopian has already floated a request for proposals on March 15, 2011 to potential financiers adding that it is waiting for their responses.

    The national flag carrier placed orders for 10 Dreamliners in 2005. Originally, deliveries were scheduled for 2008-2010 which Boeing failed to meet. Now Ethiopian expects to receive the first two Dreamliners in January next year.hope this time no delay :bash: Ethiopian has also ordered 10 B737-800, 12 Airbus A350 XWB, and 5 B777-200LRs. The airline has received three of the B777s and expects two more in April and July this year.

    Ethiopian Airlines will also be the first airline in Africa to operate the much delayed Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which is more than three years behind schedule. Ethiopian Airlines currently operates an all Boeing aircraft for its middle and long range services. Currently, Ethiopian Airlines have 46 Aircrafts: 11 Boeing 767-300ER, 8 Boeing 757-200ER, 5 Boeing 737-700, 4 Boeing 737-800, 5 Fokker 50, 7 - Q400 DHC-8, 2 Boeing 757-260F (Cargo), 2 MD-11F (Cargo) and 2 Boeing 747-200F (Cargo) operating and another 36 in order which are 12 A350-900 from Airbus, 10 787-8 Dreamliner from Boeing, 5 777-200LR from Boeing(three already delivered):nuts: 8 737-800 from Boeing, and 1 Q400 DHC-8 from Bombardier.


    http://www.ethiopianreporter.com/english/news/309-news/1653-ethiopian-seeks-usd-145-bln-for-15-boeing-jetliners-purchase
    - abnet, in 26 years
  • Ethiopian airlines boeing 787 advertisement.:cheers:
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    - abnet, in 26 years
  • Ethiopian airlines code sharing with air Mozambique :cheers:


    Ethiopian Airlines code shares with Air Mozambique

    Ethiopian Airlines has entered into a code share agreement with Air Mozambique providing customers of both carriers more flexible and convenient flight services between Addis Ababa and Maputo.

    The agreement will bring ample choices of flights for passengers from Mozambique to the vast Ethiopian global network and vise versa. This will moreover strengthen the two countries relations in air transport.

    Ethiopian Airlines commenced direct flights from Addis Ababa to Maputo on December 23, 2010. Since then, it operates three weekly non-stop flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. With the operation of the code share flights, Ethiopian will increase the number of flights to daily, providing more flight choices to customers of both carriers.
    - abnet, in 26 years
  • Ethiopian airlines selling eight aircraft amid stringent EU regulations.

    Last Updated 05/18/2011


    Web www.addisfortune.com


    ET Selling Eight Aircrafts amid Stringent EU Regulations

    Fokker 50s, Boeing 757-200ERs up for sale to expand national carrier’s revenues



    Ethiopian Airlines (ET) announced this week that it is selling off five Fokker 50 and three of its decommissioned Boeing 757-200ER aircraft in a bid to expand the carrier’s revenues base as well as adhere to the stringent guidelines set by European regulators.

    On April 20, 2011, 269 carriers from 23 countries (including 151 carriers from 15 African countries) were banned from European airspace by the European Union (EU), which cited air safety concerns for the decision.

    Concerns over the safety of African carriers had been raised by the EU recently due to what it called frequent crashes and the use of older aircraft.

    Since the airline made a deal with Bombardier, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer, in November 2008, to purchase eight Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft for 242 million dollars, ET has gradually been replacing the 54-seater Fokker 50s. Earlier this year, the airline announced that it was putting up the aircraft for sale and invited interested parties to initiate negotiations.

    “The airline is already conducting direct negotiations with several domestic and foreign potential buyers to sell off these aircraft,” said Henok Tefera, an official at Ethiopian, following his presentation of ET’s nine-month report to Parliament’s Transport Affairs Standing Committee on Monday, May 9, 2011.

    The sale was announced in the report, which indicated the airline registered a net profit of 1.2 billion Br over the past nine months. However, ET’s spending during the same period increased to 17.1 billion Br, 104.6pc more than the 16.4 billion Br the carrier had budgeted, according to the report.

    The rise in expenditure was attributed by the airline to the spiralling global prices of oil, which took up 39pc (6.7 billion Br) of its total spending.

    The expenditure on fuel had risen from last year’s in the same period by 67pc, contributing to the ET facing stiff competition from other airlines, particularly those from the Middle East, according to the report.

    “The competition is not healthy, especially from the Middle East, as the carriers’ fuel are subsidised,” Henok told the committee. “This is the context in which we are operating.”

    On the continent, the carrier’s expansion was affected by what Henok called protectionism, especially in Nigeria and Senegal.

    Henok told the committee that the attitude ran counter to the African Union’s (AU) Yamoussoukro Decision, which calls for the liberalisation of the African air transport sector among African airlines.

    Despite the competition, 2.75 million passengers, of which 2.4 million were international, were transported by the airline during the period, according to the report of the national carrier which reported operating revenues and profit of 1.1 billion dollars and 92 million dollars, respectively, in March 2010.

    Ethiopian launched flights to new destinations that included Bangui, Central African Republic, and Maputo, Mozambique, over the past nine months. It also increased weekly flights to Washington DC, Rome, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Accra, Ghana, Juba South Sudan, and N’Djamena Chad.

    In the same period, Ethiopian Airlines signed code sharing agreements with seven airlines: South African Airways (SAA), Air Mozambique, Air India, Air Nigeria, Rwanda Air, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), and Air China.:cheers:

    The negotiations for the sale of the aircraft are ongoing and the public relations office of the airline expects a breakthrough in the discussions as early as this week, it disclosed to Fortune.

    By SAMSON HAILEYESUS
    FORTUNE STAFF WRITER
    - abnet, in 26 years
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Ethiopian Airlines has won the 2010 Annual Airline Reliability Performance Award from the Bombardier Aerospace. According to Bombardier, “Ethiopian Airlines achieved the highest overall dispatch reliability and stood first in the overall Q-400 product category for the Middle East and Africa region.” The award ceremony was hosted by the Canadian Embassy in Addis Ababa on May 21, 2011.

    Ethiopian Airlines has been playing a pivotal role in bringing the different regions of Ethiopia within easy reach of Addis Ababa, the capital. This effort has been further enhanced with the introduction of the brand new Q400 NextGen aircraft. Ethiopian has been operating eight Q-400 Bombardier aircraft for domestic and regional services since March 2010. Currently, the dispatch reliability has reached 99.3% enhancing its customer services to new heights.

    With the introduction of the Q-400 aircraft, which has the quietest engine in its category, Ethiopian not only has enhanced the comfort and safety of its customers but it has also effectively addressed the need for additional capacity spurred by the country’s double digit economic growth which continued on for over six years in a raw.

    The 78 seater Q-400 aircraft has been supporting the ever increasing tourism market of the country and domestic as well as regional business travel, which is growing fast along side the economy. Enhancing further its domestic and regional services, Ethiopian Airlines will connect Ethiopian regional states to neighboring countries in the near future.

    Bombardier’s Airline Reliability Performance Awards are presented each year to operators of CRJ services and Q-400 series aircraft in recognition of outstanding dispatch reliability. Each winner must succeed in delivering an average dispatch reliability rate of 99 percent or better on revenue passenger flight in 2011 and the highest dispatch reliability performance in their respective product class and region.

    This year Ethiopian Airlines has been honored with four industry accolades namely; the Best African Cargo Airline award, the Financial Deal of the Year award, the Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award and the latest Bombardier’s Airline Reliability Performance Award.
    I wonder which cities they plan to connect with neighboring countries. Maybe a line between Bahir Dar and Sudan.
    - Yoniii, in 26 years
  • Dire-Djibouti?
    - Simfan34, in 26 years
  • Dire-Djibouti?
    I thought of that route as well, but I wonder if people are willing to pay for an expensive ticket when it's relatively close by car/bus.
    - Yoniii, in 26 years
  • Ethiopian airlines to lease two 777F cargo planes.


    Ethiopia: Ethiopian Airlines Leases Two Boeing 777Fs

    Ethiopian airlines has signed a ten year dry lease agreement for two brand new B777F aircraft powered by GE90 engines on May 26,2011. The aircraft were leased from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), a U.S and Irish commercial aircraft financing and leasing business of GE based in Ireland. The agreement was signed by Ethiopian CEO Tewolde Gebremariam and Rayan Barrett of GECAS.

    The leased B777Fs are long range modern freighter aircraft models and the first in Africa, with capacity to transport hundred plus tons of cargo at a time.

    The leased aircraft will arrive from Boeing Manufacturing in Seattle USA, at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in September and October 2012.

    GECAS has a fleet of over 1,800 owned and managed aircraft with approximately 245 airlines in over 75 countries, with offices in 25 cities around the world.

    Ethiopian being the first carrier in Africa to operate the B777F is committed to provide seamless scheduled and charter cargo services in line with its vision 2025.
    - abnet, in 26 years
  • http://www.aerospace-technology.com/projects/boeing777f/images/1-boeing777f.jpg
    - Skyliner123, in 26 years
  • I knew they would get the 777F.
    - EriFly, in 26 years
  • First Ethiopian 787 (Deremliner) being assembled!!!

    foreward to 0.32
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxtnMH3BYmk

    0.32
    - Skyliner123, in 26 years
  • First Ethiopian 787 (Deremliner) assembled!!!

    foreward to 0.32
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxtnMH3BYmk

    0.32

    How did you catch that?
    - lamrof, in 26 years
  • Lamorf,

    I happen to be an aviation fanetic and as I was brousing through searching for other stuff, I accicently run into this one.
    - Skyliner123, in 27 years
  • What can I say, I am good! :)
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2120/5806944231_e1c158c864_b.jpg
    http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5279/5806944847_84013d098d_b.jpg
    by simpilot459
    - Skyliner123, in 27 years

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