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Ethiopian Airlines

Often called Ethiopian, Ethiopia’s flag carrier Ethiopian Airlines is a 71-year-old airline which commenced operations in the year 1946. Wholly owned by the Ethiopian government, Ethiopian Airlines has been an International Air Transport Association member since 1959, an African Airlines Association member since 1968, and a Star Alliance member since December 2011. The airline is headquartered at Bole International Airport in the country’s capital, Addis Ababa, and flies to more destinations in the African continent than any other carrier. It has the reputation of being one of the few profitable Sub-Saharan airline companies, and is one of the largest in the African continent and the fastest-growing companies in the region.

Fleet:

The Ethiopian Airlines fleet consists of 4 Airbus A350-900s, 8 Boeing 737-700s, 16 Boeing 737-800s, the Boeing 737 MAX 8s (in order), 6 Boeing 767-300ERs, 6 Boeing 777-200LRs, 4 Boeing 777-300ERs, 17 Boeing 787-8s, Boeing 787-9s (in order), 19 Bombardier Dash 8 Q400s, 2 Boeing 757-200PCFs, and 6 Boeing 777Fs – A total of 88 aircrafts.

Ethiopian Airlines’ Domestic Destinations:

Ethiopian Airlines serves 20 domestic destinations within Ethiopia – Addis Ababa, Arba Minch, Asosa, Axum, Awasa, Bahar Dar, Dembidolo, Dessie, Dire Dawa, Gambela, Goba, Gode, Gondar, Humera, Jijiga, Jimma, Kebri Dahar, Lalibela, Mekele, and Semera.

Ethiopian Airlines International Destinations:

The carrier serves 96 international destinations. See list here.

Available Classes

Except for the Dash 8s which feature only Economy class, all Ethiopian aircrafts have both Cloud Nine (Business Class) and Economy Class.

Documents

While rules differ from country to country, travellers will need their passport and visa at the minimum. See here for detailed document lists according to where you are travelling from and to.

Inflight Service

All flights of Ethiopian feature inflight entertainment as well as a wide variety of reading material.

Meals

Passengers are provided with meals, snacks and complimentary beverages on board all flights and in both classes. Food includes hot meals, hot and cold snacks, light refreshments, etc. depending on the time of the day. The airline also takes special meals requirements in advance.

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How to Check-in

Passengers can check-in online and physically at the counter at the airport. However, the following destinations are exceptions to online check-in – Mali, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Chad, Burkina Faso, Seychelles, UK, Yaounde Nsimalen, Ndola, Niamey, Libreville and Abidjan. For physically checking in, all counters open 3 hours before and close 1 hour before departure. Online check-in is available from 36 hours to 2 hours before departure for all domestic and international flights. Travellers should come to the web check-in counter at least 45 minutes before a domestic flight and 1 hour before an international flight.

Baggage Allowances and Fees

On all domestic Ethiopian routes, checked baggage allowance is 30kg (Cloud Nine Business Class) and 20 kg (Economy). On all international routes (except routes between Middle East and all other stations), checked bag allowance is 2 pieces 32kg each or 3 pieces 23kg each (Cloud Nine) and 2 pieces 23kg each (Economy). Check here for detailed allowances. Cabin baggage allowances are 2 pieces of 7kg each for Business class and 1 piece of 7kg for Economy class, and not measuring more than 23x40x55 cm in dimensions. See here for excess bag charges.

Seating

Passengers can choose from front row/back row/window/aisle/centre seats for no fee.

Booking Fees

Ethiopian levies some carrier-imposed charges. See here.

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