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Ethiopian Airlines is Ethiopia's flag carrier and is wholly owned by the Ethiopian Government.


The airline's hub and headquarters are both located at Bole International Airport situated in Addis Ababa. Ethiopian Airlines is the African carrier who offers the most African destinations to passengers and is one of the largest African Airline companies.


Ethiopian Airlines flies to 20 domestic destinations and 91 international destinations. These destinations include Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Addis Ababa, Axum, Bahirdar, Bamako, Bangui, Berbera, Blantyre, Brazzaville, Bujumbura, Cairo, Cape Town, Conakry, Cotonou, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Dire Dawa, Dijbouti, Douala, Entebbe, Enugu, Freetown, Gambela, Gondar, Harare, Jimma, Johannesburg, Juba, Kano, Khartoum, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kinshasa, Lagos, Lalibela, Libreville and many others.


Ethiopian Airlines is a member of Star Alliance and therefore Ethiopian Airlines has codeshare agreements with many airlines including Air China, Air India, Asiana Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SAS, Rwandair, Oman Air, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines. In addition, Ethiopian Airlines has agreements with Malawian Airlines and ASKY Airlines. Ethiopian Airlines' fleet consists of Boeing 737-700s, Boeing 757-200s, Boeing 767-300s, Boeing 777-200s and Bombardier Dash 8 Q400.



Frequent Flyer Program


Ethiopian Airlines has a frequent flyer program called ShebaMiles to reward regular travellers.


There are three various membership Tiers including Blue Membership Card, Silver Membership Card and Gold Membership Card. In addition, ShebaMiles cardholders with Gold or Silver status can make use of the Sheba Miles Lounge facilities.





Passengers with Ethiopian Airlines are entitled to 2 pieces of baggage for cabin carry-on luggage each weighing 8 kgs.

For Economy Class, one piece with a maximum weight of 7kgs is acceptable free of charge. The Cloud Nine Lounge at the departure hall in Addis Ababa Airport is exclusive for Cloud Nine passengers where they can wait for their flight in a relaxing and quiet atmosphere in comfortable seats.





24th July 2017

Ethiopia’s plan to have strategic cooperation with China on the aviation sector

Ethiopia's aim to be an African aviation hub connecting the continent to the world's most populous country in the world is also where Ethiopia's aviation dreams intersect with China's capital and expertise.

"Aviation is an important area of cooperation by both governments, with Ethiopia's national air carrier Ethiopian Airlines becoming a connecting force between African and China," says Shide.

Ethiopian Airlines already has five flight destinations to China ,they are Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Hong Kong and Guangzhou.

"We plan to make Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa a strategic aviation hub between China and Africa," says Shide, adding that with China working on being an airplane manufacturing center, he expects Ethiopia to be a customer of fully developed Chinese airplanes in the future.

Expansion work on Ethiopia's largest airport the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, funded by a 345 million US dollars loan from China's Exim bank is being undertaken by China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC).

The project, lying on 74,000 square meters of land, plans to increase the airport's annual passenger handling capacity from the current 7 million to 22 million.


23rd March 2017

Ethiopian Airlines announces 3 new service routes!

Victoria Falls, Oslo and Antananarivo. By 28th March, 2017, Ethiopian will have added these three new destinations to their global network, further strengthening their leadership in connecting Africa to the world and the world to Africa.


Victoria Falls, Oslo and Antananarivo are three of the seven new destinations to be launched during the first six months of 2017. Ethiopian started flights to Conakry in February 2017.


Currently Ethiopian Airlines operates 28 weekly flights to China, 20 weekly flights to The Americas, 72 weekly flights to Asia, 65 weekly flights to the Middle East, 400 weekly flights across Africa and almost 54 daily flights to Europe.


In March 2017, Ehtiopian Airlines and SA Express have expanded their code-share service agreement by adding flight services to Cape Town, Durban and Toronto. Additional to this, a direct service has been added between Addis Abbaba to both Cape Town and Durban.





Route Map 



Popular Routes


Guangzhou    Lusaka


Addis Ababa    Washington


Washington    Johannesburg


Nairobi    London


Lusaka    Maputo


Seychelles    Kigali


The Fleet


Boeing 787-7


Boeing 777-300







Boeing 737-800

Boeing 767-300






Boeing 737-700

Bombardier Dash-8





Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

HUB Airport


Addis Ababa Bole International Airport is the major hub for Ethiopian Airlines and is one of the largest airports in Africa. The airport was formerly known as Haile Selassie I International Airport. The airport is the main hub of Ethiopian Airlines, the national airline that serves destinations in Ethiopia and throughout the African continent. The airport is also the base of the Ethiopian Aviation Academy. 

Other airlines which fly to and from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport include Air China, Egyptair, Emirates, Gulf Air, Kenya Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Sudan Airways. 



STAR Alliance




Star Alliance is the leading global airline network, which has 27 member airlines. Star Alliance was founded in 1997 with the five founding airlines: Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways International, Air Canada, Lufthansa and United Airlines. The alliance has grown considerably now to airlines which fly to 1,321 airports and 193 countries, carrying 637 million passengers every year!  





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Ethiopian Airlines was voted Africa’s Best Airline in 2009.

Ethiopian Airlines Flights

Ethiopian Airlines is based in the country’s capital of Addis Ababa and operates a huge network of domestic, regional and international long haul services. Domestic scheduled destinations include: Addis Ababa, Arba Minch, Asosa, Axum, Bahir Dar, Beica, Dembidolo, Dessie, Dire Dawa, Gambela, Gode, Gondar, Gore, Inda Selassie, Jijiga, Jimma, Jinka, Kabri Dar, Lalibela, Mekane Selam, Mek’ele, Mizan Teferi, Shilavo and Tippi. International scheduled destinations include: Abidjan, Accra, Amsterdam, Bamako, Bangkok, Beijing, Beirut, Brazzaville, Brussels, Bujumbura, Cairo, Dakar, Dar Es Salaam, Delhi, Djibouti, Douala, Dubai, Entebbe/Kampala, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Harare, Hargeisa, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Juba, Khartoum, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kinshasa, Lagos, Libreville, Lilongwe, Lome, London (Heathrow), Luanda, Lusaka, Mumbai, Nairobi, Ndjamena, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Rome (Fiumicino), Stockholm (Arlanda), Tel Aviv and Washington, D.C. (Dulles)

Ethiopia is a country that must be visited, even if it is only to see Lucy, the world’s oldest complete human fossil at the Addis Ababa museum.

Ethiopian Airlines has developed into one of Africa’s best airlines. With an increasingly modern fleet of aircraft and a reputation for excellent on board service plus numerous code share partners and connections with many other carriers, Ethiopian Airlines is one of the best ways to reach some of Africas greatest cities.

Ethiopian has a mixed fleet of over 36 aircraft and have 10 brand new B787’s on order from Boeing.

In addition to their economy class in-flight service, Ethiopian also offer a "cloud nine" service. As part of the experience Ethopian provide both grown up passengers and children amenity kits, free newspapers and magazines which is enhanced by a choice of meal and fruit and cheese board and a liqueur.

Update 16.11.2010

Ethiopian Airlines announce new routes to Maputo, Malakal and Bengui from Addis Ababa hub.

Latest News:


Ethiopian Airlines Named Best African Cargo Airline of the Year

Ethiopian Airlines Named Best African Cargo Airline of the Year   At the prestigious Air Cargo News awards held in London, Ethiopian Airlines were named the 2016 Cargo Airline of 2016.



New Ethiopian Airlines Flights to New York

New Ethiopian Airlines Flights to New York    Ethiopian Airlines are set to launch 3 timers weekly flights to New York Newark from Addis Abana on July 3rd.









Ethiopian Airlines Continues to Grow Profits

Ethiopian Airlines Continues to Grow Profits Ethiopian Airlines sees yet more profits as major African airlines are facing difficult times.


Ethiopian Airlines announces schedule from Addis Ababa to New York flying on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and Lome to New York flying on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday!

  Ethiopian Airlines announces schedule from Addis Ababa to New York flying on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and Lome to New York flying on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday!


Addis Ababa to New York - Ethiopian Airlines Launching New Direct Route in June

Addis Ababa to New York - Ethiopian Airlines Launching New Direct Route in June   Ethiopian Airlines will be launching a new direct service to New York (JFK) from Addis Ababa (ADD).


Ethiopian Airlines Signs $63m Aircraft Deal with Bombardier

Ethiopian Airlines Signs $63m Aircraft Deal with Bombardier   Ethiopian Airlines have signed a purchase agreement for approximately $63 million with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft for two Q400 turboprop aircraft, bringing Ethiopian’s total Q400 fleet to 19 aircraft.


Ethiopian Airlines Increases Flights to Dehli

Ethiopian Airlines Increases Flights to Dehli   Ethiopian Airlines in set to introduce twice daily flights to Delhi as of March 26th.





Ethiopian Airlines returns to the Big Apple - New York, New York