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Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines

The New Spirit of Africa

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About Ethiopian Airlines

IATA code


ICAO code


Ethiopian Airlines headquarters

Addis Ababa - Ethiopia

Main operational airport

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (ADD)

Number of destinations covered by Ethiopian Airlines


Most popular destination


Most popular routes


Year of establishment


Parent company

Government of Ethiopia

Popular fleet 

Boeing B787-8, Boeing B777-300ER, Boeing B777-200LR, Boeing B767-300ER, Boeing B737-800, Boeing B737 MAX, Boeing B737-800

Official airline website

Ethiopian Airlines contact number

From Saudi Arabia: +251 116 179 900

From United Arab Emirates: +971 800 0320372

From Bahrain: +973 1720 8504

From Kuwait: +965 9476 7191

Ethiopian Airlines is the flag carrier of Ethiopia. It's one of the largest airlines in Africa, as it's known for efficiency, operational success, and integrating the latest technology. 
ShebaMiles is Ethiopian's Frequent Flyer Program. For every booking with Ethiopian Airlines, members earn miles. Miles can be exchanged later for upgrades, tickets, lounge access, additional baggage allowance, etc. ShebaMiles has a partnership agreement with more than 28 airlines, including the Star Alliance member airlines. Moreover, Ethiopian Airlines has agreements with 80 non-airline partners, such as restaurants, hotels, and shopping centers. 

Ethiopian Airlines welcomes passengers to a seamless online booking experience. 
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Ethiopian Airlines Historical Highlights:



8th April 1946

  • First scheduled flight to Cairo via Asmara (Douglas C-47 Skytrain). In the same year, a weekly schedule to Djibouti, Aden, and Jimma was set. 


  • 3 Skytrains were purchased for international routes.


  • African Aviation Journal recognized Ethiopian Airlines for its excellent financial performance, route network expansion, fleet modernization, passenger growth, in-flight service, and overall customer care.
  • Ethiopian Airlines was awarded the Africa Business of the Year by the US African Times.


  • An order for 35 aircraft was placed.


  • 3 Boeing 777-200LLRs were received, and 4 777 Freighters were ordered. 
  • The starting of daily nonstop flights to Beijing on 777-200.


  • Ethiopian Airlines established its Second Hub in Lome, Togo.
  • Ethiopian Airlines received 2 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in August and October of 2012. 
  • Ethiopian Airlines became the first African airline to operate B777 Freighter. 
  • Ethiopian Airlines ordered 5 Q400 NextGen aircraft and 1 777-200LR (Longer Range) Worldliner.


  • Ethiopian Airlines received the next-generation Boeing 737-800 with Sky Interior, Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner, and B777-300ER (leased from Boeing).
  • Ethiopian Aviation Academy became the first in Africa to graduate 26 pilots trained with Multi-Crew Pilot Licenses (MPL).


  • Ethiopian Airlines received 4 Boeing 787, 2 Boeing 777F, and 3 Cessna 172 pilot training aircraft. 
  • Ethiopian Airlines ordered 20 737 MAX 8s from Boeing, the largest single Boeing order from an African carrier.
  • As an IATA Authorized Training Center, Ethiopian Aviation Academy joined IATA’s global training partner network.
  • According to IATA, Ethiopian Airlines became the largest African carrier by Revenue and Profit 


  • Ethiopian Airlines had become the first airline in Africa to operate A350 XWB Simulator and repair the GEnx Engine of Boeing 787.  


  • Ethiopian Airlines received Dash 8-400 from De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited.

Ethiopian Airlines Fleet

Long Range Passenger Services

18- Airbus A350-900XWB

19- Boeing B787-8

8- Boeing B787-9 

4- Boeing B777-300ER

6- Boeing B777-200LR

2- Boeing B767-300ER

Medium Range Passenger Services

20- Boeing B737-800

8 - Boeing B737 MAX

9- Boeing B737-700NG

Regional and Domestic Passenger Services

32- Q400 Bombardier


Cargo and Non-Scheduled Services

9 - Boeing B777-200LRF (Cargo)

4 -Boeing B737-800F ( Cargo)

1- B767-300F

Total operating fleet

140 Aircraft

Ethiopian Cargo 

Ethiopian Airlines has the largest cargo network operator in Africa. Ethiopian Cargo is a major global cargo carrier with a modern warehouse of 1 million tons storage capacity. 

Ethiopian Cargo provides freight services to over 125 destinations worldwide. The products of Ethiopian Cargo include General Cargo, Special Cargo, Charter/Lease Service, Mail And Courier, Ethiopian Pharma Wing, and Ethiopian Cargo Express Service. The cargo fleet is composed of 12 dedicated freighters, including 9 Boeing B777-200LRF and 3 Boeing B737-800F.

Ethiopian Airlines services for Economy Class and Business Class

Economy Class

  • In-flight entertainment
  • Full course hot meals & snacks
  • Complimentary drinks

Business Class

  • Additional baggage allowance
  • Exclusive C9 lounge access
  • Priority boarding
  • Welcome drinks
  • In-flight entertainment
  • Meals on board

Ethiopian Airlines Baggage Allowance

Carry-on Baggage 

Class of Service

Carryon Luggage Details


2 Pieces (7kg each)
23 x 40 x 55 (cm)


1 Piece (7kg)
23 x 40 x 55 (cm)

Ethiopian Airlines Check-in Information

Online Check-in is available between 36 hours and 2 hours before departure time for both international and domestic flights. Through it, passengers who have a valid e-ticket can confirm attendance on the flight, select a seat, and print the boarding pass.

Passengers are requested to arrive at the gate 30 minutes before departure time, in case they have no luggage. 
Passengers with luggage have to arrive at the check-in counter 1 hour before departure time for international flights and 45 minutes for domestic flights.

Note that:

  • Passengers booking code share flights need to check in with the respective airline.
  • Web check-in is not available for passengers requesting special services such as wheelchairs, extra seats, stretchers, unaccompanied minors, pets in hold, etc.

Airport Check-in 

Check-in counters open between 3 hours and 1 hour prior to departure time. Kiosk Check-in is also available. 

FAQs for Ethiopian Airlines

  • Does Ethiopian Airlines allow web check-in?

    Yes, Ethiopian Airlines allows web check-in.

  • Does Ethiopian Airlines provide online seat selection?

    Yes, Ethiopian Airlines offers online seat selection at a nominal fee or free. It depends on your flight booking.

  • Can I cancel my flight on Ethiopian Airlines?

    Almosafer would help you with cancellations. Make sure to check our cancellation policy before making any changes. Furthermore, Cancellation information can be found via your booking details.

  • How can I find cheap Ethiopian Airlines flights?

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  • Does Ethiopian Airlines offer priority boarding?

    Ethiopian Airlines provide priority boarding to business and first-class passengers, passengers with frequent flyer status or loyalty program members, and passengers with disabilities or special needs.

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