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8th April 1946:

The first scheduled flight took place to Cairo via Asmara in Douglas C-47 Skytrain. The national airline had been set up a few months earlier as Ethiopian Air Lines Inc., a joint venture with American airline, TWA (Trans World Airlines). Five US Government surplus C-47 aircraft were purchased for venture. Following the successful inaugural flight to Cairo, a regular weekly service was established. Weekly services to Djibouti and Aden followed, as well as a domestic service to Jimma. Demands for additional services were so great that towards the end of 1946, four more C-47 Skytrains were purchased. Since these aircraft were ex-US military, they had few comforts; all had folding bench-type canvas seats along the sides, with the central aisle kept clear so that cargo could be lashed to the floor.


Three more Skytrains were purchased for the international routes. These were fitted out in a ‘luxury’ layout with 21 forward facing seats and were the first to wear the colorful Ethiopian Airlines livery.

During the late 1940s the route network was extended to Nairobi, Port Sudan and Bombay. Charter flights were also flown to Jeddah during the Hajj season, carrying pilgrims to Makkah.


Two Convair 240 aircraft were purchased, followed later by a third, for use on foreign routes. These higher-performance aircraft had fully furnished interiors and seats for 36 passengers. Their pressurized cabins allowed the aircraft to fly higher, in smoother air.

By the end of 1952 the faithful Skytrains were still the mainstay for the domestic routes, linking 21 towns and cities to the capital and carrying both passengers and cargo.


Three quarters of the airline’s staff were now Ethiopian but expatriates still held most key posts. The Ethiopian government negotiated and new agreement with TWA with ultimate aim of operating entirely with Ethiopian personnel.


The fist Ethiopian commercial aircraft commander, Alemayehu Abebe, made his solo flight as captain on DC-3/C-47 aircraft.

The National Airline Training Project was set up with US Government help in Addis Ababa to train local pilots, technicians and supervisory personnel.

The airline established its own maintenance facility at Addis Ababa, reducing the need for maintenance overseas. In subsequent years the facilities expanded into a well-equipped center for maintenance, overhaul and modification work on aircraft, engines and avionic systems, not only for its own aircraft, but also for other airlines in the region.

The route network expanded with flights to Frankfurt.


The DC-6B Cloudmasters were purchased. These four-engined, 71-seat aircraft were used on the long-haul routes.


The airlines prepared to enter the jet age and decide that the Boeing 720B best met its requirements. However, the existing airfield serving Addis Ababa – Lidetta, which had been built in 1936 - was not suitable for jet operation, which required a long runway, and a decision was made to construct an entirely new airport and headquarters at Bole.


A new east-west service was inaugurated, linking Addis Ababa with Monrovia in Liberia, via Khartoum and Accra. This was the first direct air link between east and west Africa operated by any airline.


By December the new runway and control tower at bole international Airport were operational and two Boeing 720Bs arrived on their delivery flights. Ethiopian was the first airline in Africa to order Boeing 720B.


On 15th January the airline inaugurated its first jet service, from Bole to Nairobi. The following day the second Boeing inaugurated a new route to Madrid, via Asmara and Athens. Meanwhile the elderly Skytrains and their related civilian DC-3s continued to fly the domestic and cargo services and six further DC-3s were bought during the next decade. Despite their age, these aircraft were ideally suited to Ethiopia’s rugged terrain and high altitude.


The company changed its legal status from a corporation to share company. At the same time the name was changed from Ethiopian Air Lines to Ethiopian Airlines.


Colonel Semret Medhane was appointed general manager, the first Ethiopian to hold the position.


A Boeing 720B flight simulator was acquired, making the airline independent of foreign airlines for its pilot training.


Two Boeing 727s were purchased for medium-range routes, to replace the oldest Boeing 720s.


The airline bought a third Boeing 727 and two de Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo short-field transports for use on domestic services.


Ethiopian Airlines attracted worldwide attention on 1st June when its first Boeing 767 landed at Bole after a thirteen-and-a-half hour delivery flight from New York - setting a new world distance record for a commercial twin-engine jet. The airline, which was a launch customer for the new aircraft, brought two of the advanced wide bodied B-767 aircraft to replace the ageing Boeing 720s. In addition to their 190-seat passenger capacity the aircraft could carry 12 tones of cargo in the hold.

At the end of 1985, when the DC-3/Skytrains started to be withdrawn, the airline still had nine of these in service, all of them at least 40 years old. The last of these aircraft remained in service until October, 1991. The main replacements were six 18-seater DHC-6 Twin Otters, and - for the busier domestic routes - two ATR-42 fast and modern 46-seater aircraft.


The Cargo Management Department was established to afford special attention to the development of the airline’s cargo services. Hitherto the airline had regarded its cargo operations more as a public service commitment that as a secondary source of income.


The airline’s Engineering Division opened a new purpose-built jet engine test facility, allowing engines of up to 45,000 kg (100,000lbs) thrust to be ground tested.

April 1996:

As the airlines celebrated its 50th anniversary the route network stretched from Europe (London, Frankfurt, and Rome) to China (Beijing) and Thailand (Bangkok). The Middle East and Indian sub-continent were well represented, and the airline’s African routes reached Senegal and Ivory Coast in the west, Cairo in the north, and Johannesburg and Durban in the south. The fleet consisted of two ATR-42 and four DHC-6 Twin Otters for the domestic passenger services, one Boeing 737 and four Boeing 757 aircraft for the medium range passenger services and three Boeing 767s for long-range services. For its cargo and non-scheduled services the airline had one Boeing 707 freighter, one Boeing 757 Freighter, two Lockheed L-100 commercial Hercules and one DHC-5 Buffalo.

The pilot training school was equipped with a state-of-the-art flight simulator, replicating the flight deck of the Boeing 767. The simulator was also used to train crews on the Boeing 757, whose flight deck is similar.

In October, 1996 the first of five Fokker 50s was acquired to enhance the domestic services.


Another giant leap was made with the launch of a twice-weekly service to Washington – the Airline’s first destination in the Americas – and New York followed shortly after.


In February, the ShebaMiles frequent flyer program was launched.

Construction started on a new, ultra-modern terminal building at Bole International Airport to upgrade passenger services and cater for an anticipated increase in traffic. In November, Scandinavia was brought into the route network for the first time with a new service to Copenhagen, Denmark, along with a new route to Maputo, Mozambique.


The airline embarked on a period of sustained growth and fleet modernization with plans to purchase, over the next four years, 12 new aircraft. Six Next-Generation B737-700s and six 767-300ERs were scheduled to replace the existing two B737-200s and two B767-200. In October, night operations out of Addis Ababa were introduced to complement the daytime flights.


The new, 3,800 meter runway and control tower at Bole International Airport became operational, along with the spacious new airport terminal with its 21st- century facilities. Renovation of the older terminal began to serve mainly the domestic flights.


Ethiopian Airlines announced that it would be Africa’s launch carrier for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with a firm order for ten of these ultra-modern jets, and an option for five more. The order for the new fuel-efficient, long-range, passenger-friendly aircraft was valued at USD 1.3 billion. Boeing begun production of the revolutionary new aircraft in 2006 and Ethiopian expects to take delivery beginning from 2011.


Ethiopian Airlines proudly celebrated its 60 years of dependable and safe air transport services on May 05, 2006 where the Airline’s CEO had an opportunity to say a big "thank you" to all that supported the airline along the way. The same year marked Ethiopian Airlines’ modernization and capacity building programme through the construction of a new maintenance hangar and cargo terminal complexes which were officially inaugurated and commissioned.


Ethiopian was proud to have achieved two awards by African Aviation Journal and the African/Times USA. The prestigious award by the African Aviation Journal is in recognition of its excellent financial performance, passenger growth, route network expansion, fleet modernization, in-flight service and overall customer care. The 2007 Africa Business of the Year Award, presented to Ethiopian by the US African Times was for its "achievement and continuing contribution to the uplift of Africa’s profile and the quality of life for Africans everywhere".

Ethiopian also secured the IATA-IOSA registration certificate as a result of "the Airline’s fundamental commitment to provide safe and reliable air transport services for passengers and cargo".


Ethiopian entered into a code share agreement with Lufthansa which has put Ethiopian in a position to offer daily flights to its customers from its hub Addis Ababa to Lufthansa’s hub in Frankfurt with convenient onward flight connections to many other destinations around the world. During this period Ethiopian also entered into code-sharing agreements with other airlines including Brussels Airlines.


Ethiopian ordered 35 new airplanes direct from the manufacturers. Including the orders of five B777-200LR and twelve A350-900, Ethiopian has also on order ten Boeing B787 and eight Bombardier aircrafts. These investments l enables Ethiopian to operate one of the youngest fleet in Africa with better comfort and efficiency. Ethiopian Airlines and ASKY signed a management contract which enables Ethiopian Airlines to manage ASKY for a period of five years. The management contract is an important move marking an historic intra-African co-operation in the airline business. The agreement helps the two carriers to develop a West African hub in Lome, Togo for the regional and inter-continental routes.


Ethiopian 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.

Ethiopian opened new services to Pointe Noire, the second largest city in the Republic of Congo, effective June 16, 2010.


Ethiopian received three Boeing 777-200LLRs in 2011 increasing the total number of 777-200LRs to five.

Ethiopian started new services to Hangzhou-China, to Malakal-Southern Sudan, Milan-Italy, Muscat-Oman. Ethiopian also launched daily nonstop flights to Beijing with its long range 777-200.

Ethiopian received four different awards during in 2011. Ethiopian received "AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR" Award on 24 February 2011. Ethiopian won “Deal of the Year 2010” Award on 20 April, 2011. Ethiopian Airlines also named "Africa’s Most Profitable Airlines" for the third time in a row in July 2011. Ethiopian Airlines also received the AFRAA Award for being consistently profitable over the years at the 43rd AFRAA Annual General Assembly held in Marrakesh, Morocco on November 21, 2011.

Ethiopian signed code share with Singapore airlines and Asiana Airlines,

Ethiopian Airlines ordered Four 777 Freighters from the Boeing Company.

Ethiopian Aviation Academy and Ethiopian MRO secured European Aviation Safety Agency Approval. Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy received the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved part-147 type maintenance training organization certification while Ethiopian MRO Unit received EASA Part 145 approval.

On December 11, 2011, Ethiopian Airlines Captain flew the first 787 to the African soil with debut landing at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport.

Ethiopian Airlines joined Star Alliance on December 13, 2011. At a ceremony held at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board (CEB) welcomed Ethiopian Airlines as the Alliance’s third carrier based on the African continent.


Ethiopian established its Second Hub in Lome - Togo

ASKY is a multinational private airline based in Lome, Togo. Ethiopian Airlines a major shareholder in ASKY and has a management contract to manage and operate its services. Ethiopian’s cooperation and partnership with ASKY Airline has introduced new connectivity between West Africa and Ethiopian worldwide network.

Ethiopian took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on August 14, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. Ethiopian took another leap forward by receiving its second Boeing 787 Dreamliner October 3, 2012.

Ethiopian takes delivery of the second 737-800 Sky Interior Aircraft. The airline placed a firm order for 10 of its kind back in December 2009.

In another milestone, Ethiopian again led the African aviation industry by being the first in the continent to receive and operate the B777 Freighter on 19 September 2012.

Ethiopian started new services to Toronto-Canada and Berbera, the port city of Somaliland. Ethiopian also increased frequencies on its Abidjan route by offering daily flights.

Ethiopian received five different awards during 2012. Ethiopian CEO won African Business leader of the year award from the corporate council on Africa (CCA). Ethiopian won the International Diamond Prize for Excellence in Quality by the European Society for Quality Research (ESQR) on December 2, 2012 in Brussels. Ethiopian won the "African Airline of the Year" and Captain Desta Zeru, Vice-President of Flight Operations, "Africa Legend of Travel" awards from African Travel Quarterly (ATQ) magazine.  Ethiopian also received award for Excellent Customer Service by Planet Africa Network to African Diaspora.

Ethiopian celebrates 40th Anniversary of flights to China, inaugural flight to Beijing operated with Boeing 700 on November 7, 1973.

Ethiopian takes delivery of the first of its five re-configured Bombardier Q-400 aircraft.

Ethiopian places firm order for five Q400 NextGen aircrafts.

Ethiopian ordered one additional 777-200LR (Longer Range) Worldliner adding to Ethiopian fleet of five 777-200LRs.


Ethiopian became the strategic partner of the new Malawian Air with 49% equity shareholding. The remaining 51% of the shares will be held by the Malawian Government and Malawian private investors.

Ethiopian opened a second cargo hub in Africa based in Lomé, Togo, in partnership with ASKY airlines.

Ethiopian received five different awards during 2013. Ethiopian won an Award for pioneering the African Renaissance from the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Ethiopian won SKYTRAX World Airline Award for Best Airline Staff Service in Africa for its outstanding customer service. Ethiopian won ‘Africa’s Best Business Class Airline” award by chinese passengers. Ethiopian won Bombardiers Airline Reliability Performance Award for the third year in a row. Ethiopian won the Passenger Choice Awards for “Best Regional Airline in Africa”, the African Business of the Year Award, double awards for the “African Airline of the Year” and “Best Cabin Crew in Africa”. Ethiopian CEO won Professional Excellence Award. Ethiopian CEO won 2013 Airline Strategy Award for Regional Leadership and Professional Excellence Award.

Ethiopian started new services to Blantyre, Ndola - Zambia, Seoul - South Korea, Enugu-Nigeria, Sao Paulo Rio de Janeiro – Brazil, Niamey-Niger, Singapore, Semere-Ethiopia. Ethiopian also increased its five weekly flights to Abuja to daily service.

Ethiopian received brand new next generation Boeing 737-800 with Sky Interior. Ethiopian received its sixth Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner. Ethiopian took delivery of its first B777-300ER leased from Boeing.

Ethiopian leases two new Boeing 777-300ERs from Air Lease Corporation. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in May and June 2015.

Ethiopian colorfully celebrated 55 years and 10 years of uninterrupted service to Frankfurt and Guangzhou respectively.

Ethiopian MRO services developed shop overhaul capability for the CFM56-3 engines.  Ethiopian MRO was granted approval for such capabilities from the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA) and the USA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Ethiopian signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Djibouti International Airport for the provision of sea-air and air-sea cargo transport of goods in East Africa.

Ethiopian Aviation Academy became the first in Africa to graduate 26 pilots trained with Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL).

Singapore Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines entered into codeshare agreement.


Ethiopian received four Boeing 787 in 2014 increasing the total number of B787 to ten. Ethiopian received two Boeing 777F increasing the total number of B777 to four. Ethiopian took delivery of three Cessna 172 pilot training aircraft. Ethiopian also leased B777-300ER from GE Capital Aviation Services Limited.

Ethiopian started new services to Doha-Qatar, Vienna-Austria, Kano-Nigeria, Shanghai-China, Bale Robe & Kombolcha -Ethiopia. Ethiopian also launched four daily flights to Nairobi and daily flights to London.

Ethiopian strategic partner for the southern Africa region, Malawian Airlines launcehed its first international flight to Johannesburg.

Ethiopian received eight different awards during in 2014. Ethiopian won the “Best Airline to Africa” award by Premier Traveler Magazine. Ethiopian won the “Best Foreign Airline of the Year from Africa” by Kuala Lumpur Airport. Ethiopian won the “Airline of the Year” award from African Airlines Association (AFRAA). Ethiopian won ‘Best Airline in Africa” award for the second time in a row from Passenger Choice Awards. Ethiopian won Bombardier Reliability Performance Award for the fourth year in a row. Ethiopian won the “GOLD Level Boeing Performance Excellence Award”. Ethiopian Aviation Academy won the “Airline Training Service Provider of the Year” award from AFRAA. Ethiopian also won the “Best Airline of the Year” award from MICE Magazine in China.

Ethiopian signed code share with ANA, Japan’s leading airline group, United Airlines and Austrian Airlines.

Ethiopian Airlines ordered 20 737 MAX 8s from Boeing, the order represents the largest single Boeing order by number of airplanes from an African carrier.

Ethiopian Aviation Academy joined IATA’s global training partner network as an IATA Authorized Training Center.

Ethiopian became the largest African carrier by Revenue and Profit according to IATA.


Ethiopian Airlines phased-in 10 aircraft and has a total of 77 in the fleet

  • Three Boeing 787 Dreamliners, bringing the total number of Dreamliners to 13.
  • Two Boeing 777 - 300 and two Boeing 777-200F, making 15 B777 aircraft in total.
  • Three Boeing 737- 800 aircraft. Ethiopian currently has 19 B737 in the fleet.

Ethiopian signed a firm purchase agreement for two additional Q400 turboprop airliners that will bring Ethiopian Airlines’ Q400 aircraft fleet to a total of 19 aircraft, the largest total fleet in Africa.

Ethiopian started new flights in 2015 to Cape Town (South Africa), Gaborone (Botswana), Los Angeles (USA), Dublin (Ireland), Goma (Dem. Rep. of Congo), Tokyo (Japan), Manila (Philippines), Yaounde (Cameroon), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and new cargo destination to Bengaluru (India). Ethiopian has currently 92 International and 19 Domestic destinations.

Ethiopian received 21 Different Awards during 2015. For detail award information please follow the link here.

Ethiopian ranked 6th among the 22 most dependable airlines around the world. The ranking was made after a serious assessment in three areas: On-time performance, low checked bags costs, average age of the airline fleet. For news details please click the link here.

Ethiopian Airlines made more profit than all other African carriers combined and has been the most profitable Airline in Africa for two consecutive years.  By clicking the link here you can find the news details.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon nominated Ethiopian CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam to serve as a member of his High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport.

Ethiopian signed a code share agreement with TAP Portugal (Portugal’s leading airline), expanded its code share coverage with Air India and renewed the Air Cargo partnership with Liege Airport for the next five years.

US president H.E. President Barak H. Obama, along with US Government Senators and some members of the House of Representatives paid a visit to Ethiopian Airlines during the president’s three day official visit to Ethiopia from 26 to 28 July 2015.

An All Women Functioned Flight, aimed at crystalizing Ethiopian corporate commitment to “Women Empowerment for a Sustainable Growth”, operated for the first time ever on 19 November 2015 from Addis Ababa to Bangkok. The whole process was conducted by women from flight deck crew members and Cabin Operations to Airport Operations, Flight Dispatchers, Load Controllers Ramp Operations, Baggage Handling, Flight Planning, Cargo Handling, On-board logistics, Aviation Safety and Security, Ticket Officers, Catering, Air Traffic Controllers and the Global Call Center.

751 trainees graduated in different fields from the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy.


Ethiopian Airlines Group is Inaugurating its new Aviation Academy

Ethiopian Airlines marked International Women’s day, March 8, with an All-Women Operated Flight dispatched on the Addis Ababa – Kigali route. The flight was aimed at further strengthening Ethiopian corporate conviction of “Women Empowerment for a Sustainable Growth”.

Ethiopian celebrated its 70 years of dedicated and highly successful air transport services to, from and within the continent of Africa. April 8, 2016

Ethiopian has been voted as the Best Cargo Airline of the Year from Africa at the “2016 Cargo Airline of the Year” Air Cargo News awards held at the Lancaster London Hotel, London on 23 April 2016.

ICAO certified Ethiopian Aviation Academy as the ICAO Regional Training Center of Excellence - The Academy attained the recognition following rigorous assessment of the Training organization, Training & Procedures Manuals, Facilities, Training Processes, Qualification of Staff and Quality System.

Ethiopian has won the African Aviation ‘African Airline of the Year’ Award for 2016 during the 25th Anniversary African Aviation Air Finance Africa Conference & Exhibition and African Aviation Summit held on May 11, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Ethiopian received Africa’s First Airbus A350XWB

Ethiopian has broken a Guinness World Record for making the largest ever human image of an Airplane on June 29, 2016 while welcoming Africa’s First Airbus A350XWB

Africa’s first, Ethiopian Airbus 350 XWB made its debut flight to Ethiopian destinations including: Yaoundé Cameroon, Kigali, Nairobi, Lagos, Bujumbura, London Heathrow, Douala, Malabo, Southern Africa, Lusaka, Harare, N’Djamena and Entebbe.

Ethiopian has won SKYTRAX World Airline Award for Best Airline Staff in Africa, for the second time, on July 12, 2016 at Farnborough Airshow event held in Hampshire, England.

Ethiopian has won two coveted awards in the first East Africa Careers in Africa Choice Awards, at a top tier event hosted by the Global Career Company, held on September 8th 2016 at the Luxurious 5 star Radisson Blue, Nairobi.

Ethiopian Brings Google “Seat View” To Africa’s First Airbus A350-900 XWB- September to allow passengers travelling between London Heathrow and Addis Ababa to take a closer look at the seat of their choice before their trip.

Ethiopian has won the Rising Star Carrier of the Year Award, for the second year in a row, at the 5th Payload Asia Awards 2016 held in Hong Kong on 29th September 2016.

Ethiopian Inaugurated the largest and most modern In-flight Catering Center which covers a total area of 11,500m2, encompassing most-modern operations and food processing area, fully-equipped with high-tech cooking and bakery equipment, large capacity dishwashing and heavy-duty ice-cube machines, hot kitchen, storage units, cold rooms, stores, flow wrapping, loading bays, high lift trucks and vans, varieties of cooling facilities, a dedicated Halal kitchen as well as a number of modern rooms.

Ethiopian has won Airline of the Year Award, for the fifth year in a row, by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) during its 48th Annual General Assembly held on November 21, 2016, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Ethiopian has been awarded Africa Best Employer Brand and Business Leadership Excellence Awards at the 3rd Edition of AFRICA BEST EMPLOYER BRAND AWARDS ceremony held in Mauritius on December 06, 2016.

669 trainees graduated in different fields from the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy.

Ethiopian started new flights in 2016 to Moroni, (Comoros), Windhoek (Namibia) and Newark (USA)


Ethiopian Airlines, ranked 11th worldwide in flight on-time performance for the month of January 2017, according to FlightStats, the leading provider of real-time global flight data to companies and individuals across the travel ecosystem. Of the almost 8000 flights operated by the airline in January, 81% arrived within 15 minutes of the schedule arrival. Not only did Ethiopian rank 11th worldwide, but it ranked #1 for airlines based in the Middle East and Africa.

Ethiopian has been awarded the African Cargo Airline of the Year Award during the 2017 Air Cargo Africa Conference held in Johannesburg from 21stto 23rd February 2017. 

Ethiopian Signs Codeshare Agreement with Air Namibia 

Ethiopian has won ‘Cargo Airline Award for Network Development’ at the tenth anniversary of the Brussels Airport Aviation Awards held on March 9, 2017. 

Ethiopian and South African Airways, both members of Star Alliance, have entered into an expanded codeshare agreement, inked on October 01, 2016 and projected to be effective as of 2017 summer season.

Ethiopian inaugurated three more wide body hangars during the ICAO Symposium which Ethiopian hosted from April 11-13, 2017

Ethiopian signed a codeshare agreement with Air Europa, taking effect as of April 11, 2017. 

Ethiopian Airlines Inflight Catering has won Outstanding Food Service by a Carrier in Africa Awards on PAX International Readership Awards 2017 held in Hamburg, Germany, on Wednesday 5th April 2017.

Ethiopian has won the African Aviation ‘African Airline of the Year’ Award for 2017, for the second year in a row, during the 26th Annual Air Finance Africa Conference & Exhibition held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Ethiopian hosted the ICAO Global Air Cargo Development Forum with the theme: “Action for the Sustainable Development of Air Cargo in Africa”, to be held at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) conference hall from 27th to 29th June 2017.

Ethiopian inaugurated its state of the art Cargo Terminal-II during the Second ICAO Global Air Cargo Development Forum which Ethiopian is hosting from 27th to 29th June, 2017.

Ethiopian has won the 2016 Airline Reliability Performance Award, for the 6th year in a row, from Bombardier Aerospace.

Ethiopian has placed an order for 10 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft, enabling further development to its fast expanding long-haul route network.

Ethiopian has won SKYTRAX World Airline Award for The Best Airlines in Africa on June 20, 2017 at the Paris Air Show.

Ethiopian inaugurated its state of the art Cargo Terminal-II. The inauguration event has been graced by H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the FDRE, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Shide, Minister of Transport and Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam GCEO Ethiopian Airlines, other high level government officials and participants of the ICAO Cargo Forum have graced this momentous occasion.

Ethiopian has colorfully marked the 20th anniversary of Star Alliance, the largest global airline network, while also inaugurating its maiden flight to Kaduna, Nigeria at a reception held at Ethiopian main hub Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on August 1st, 2017.

Ethiopian has fully refurbished its Boeing 767-300 ER fleet and availed for service on its India, Middle East and Africa destinations.

Ethiopian and Azul Brazilian Airlines have entered a codeshare agreement effective Oct, 01, 2017.

Ethiopian has won Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) Airline Company International award for the year 2016.

Ethiopian has fully digitalized all its business processes like aircraft maintenance and Flight Operations, Commercial Operations, Finance, HRM, Customer Services, Procurement and supply Chain Management, Online learning, management approvals and authorizations etc… by removing paper from the entire system as of today, September 28, 2017.

Ethiopian has been recognized as Middle East and Africa Airline of the Year 2017 by Airline Economics, the largest aviation finance and leasing print publication in the world, at a Gala Dinner held in Dubai on October 3, 2017.

Ethiopian has been crowned as the Rising Star Carrier of the Year both in industry and customer choice awards on Payload Asia Awards 2017 gala dinner and awards ceremony, held at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, Singapore.

Ethiopian and the Ethiopian Airports Services have availed free Wi-Fi connection at the main hub, Addis Ababa Bole International Airport as of October 2017.

Ethiopian became the first airline in Africa to operate the 787-9

Ethiopian has been awarded SKYTRAX 4 Star certification at a special ceremony held in London on November 8, 2017.

Ethiopian has won Airline of the Year Award, for the sixth consecutive year in a row, by the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) during its 49th Annual General Assembly held on November 13, 2017, in Kigali.

Ethiopian has launched a brand new Mobile Application, which encompasses an array of features that enhance customers’ travel experience with simplified and end-to-end options for flight booking and management by using their Android mobile devices. 

1,235 trainees graduated in different fields from the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy.

Ethiopian started new flights in 2017 to Antananarivo, (Madagascar), Conakry (Guinea) Kaduna (Nigeria) Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe), Chengdu (China), Bahrain and Oslo, Norway.


Ethiopian has availed its mobile application in the apple store and Google Play for customer to download on their mobile phones and use it to transact with the airline for many of its products and services. Besides empowering the customer to control the travel process, it will simplify, enrich and enhance customers’ experiences across the entire journey.

Ethiopian has finalized shareholders’ agreement with the Government of Zambia for the re-launch of Zambia Airways. The Government of Zambia will be the majority shareholder with 55% and Ethiopian will have 45% stakes in the airline.

Ethiopian has signed an Agreement with Guinea Airlines, for strategic partnership in management, maintenance and training, on January 30, 2018 at Ethiopian headquarters.

Ethiopian Aviation Academy (EAA) has been ranked among the top World Aviation Training Centers by Aviation Voice, a global aviation news provider engaged in ranking of aviation training centers all over the world.

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services has received the” Export & Import Cargo Transportation award” at a Customers Symposium organized by Guangzhou Bayiun International Airport in China on February 7, 2018.

Ethiopian has achieved yet another milestone, becoming the first A350 XWB Simulator Operator in Africa and among the few in the world. This machine is fitted with a full electrical motion system which delivers improved performance while providing energy savings and environmental benefits.

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services has been awarded as “Fastest growing International Cargo Airline of the Year” at Air Cargo India International conference held in Mumbai on February 21, 2018.

Ethiopian has named Three Times Olympic Gold Medalist, Tirunesh Dibaba as its Brand Ambassador on March 8, International Women Day, while the airline launched its debut flight to Buenos Aires, its 6th gateway to the Americas, with an all women operated flight.

Ethiopian has won the 2018 ‘Africa’s Outstanding Food Services by a Carrier’ Award as voted by PAX International readers at a ceremony held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg, Germany in April 2018.

Ethiopian has won the 2018 APEX Passenger Choice Awards for Best In-Flight Entertainment in Africa at the APEX Asia Conference held from March 13-14, 2018 in Shanghai, China.

Ethiopian has been recognized by TripAdvisor, one of the largest and most reputed global travel sites, as “The Best Business Class in Africa and Indian Ocean”. 

Ethiopian and Air Côte d'Ivoire, the national flag carrier of Côte d'Ivoire, have entered into a codeshare agreement effective May, 2018.

Ethiopian Holidays, the tour operator wing of Ethiopian Airlines, is pleased to announce the launching of its newly revamped website.

Ethiopian and The University of Mississippi, the largest public research university in Mississippi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to introduce different aviation related training programs into the existing courses of Ethiopian Aviation Academy (EAA). 

Ethiopian has won the 2017 Airline Reliability Performance Award, for the 7th year in a row, from Bombardier Aerospace.

The Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs Main Department in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines has launched an e-visa service for all international visitors to Ethiopia effective June 01, 2018.

Ethiopian taken delivery of the largest B737 MAX fleet in the Continent on July 2, 2018.

Ethiopian signed a partnership business agreement with ACM Aerospace of Germany pursuant to the aerospace manufacturing development program it has embarked on.

Ethiopian has won SKYTRAX World Airline Award for the Best Airline in Africa, Best Business class in Africa 2018’, ‘Best Economy Class in Africa 2018’ and topped among Skytrax’s World’s Top 100 Airlines 2018 list, moving up from number 48 last year to 40, as voted for by airline customers around the world.

Ethiopian and DHL Global Forwarding, signed a new agreement to form a joint venture company – DHL-Ethiopian Airlines Logistics Services Ltd., to build the Leading Cargo Logistics provider JV company in Africa; the company will be based in Ethiopia and do business in the entire continent of Africa, enhancing Ethiopia’s logistics infrastructure and connections.

Ethiopian has registered record success in the just ended 2017/18 fiscal year.  In line with its 15-year strategic roadmap, Vision 2025, the airline registered historical success in financial, commercial, operational and customer service areas.

Ethiopian and Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) signed an agreement to mark Shareholders of Zambia Airways.

Ethiopian has finalized agreements with the Government of Chad for the launch of Chad national carrier. Ethiopian has 49 percent stake in the joint venture while the Government of Chad retains 51 percent.

Ethiopian has been certified by ETA umwelt management Ltd., an independent environmental verifier, for establishing and maintaining environmental management system in compliance with the requirements of ISO 14001:2015.

Ethiopian Airlines Group and Lufthansa Systems announced the introduction of Lufthansa’s Lido/Flight 4D solution in Ethiopian’s flight planning system.

Ethiopian has been crowned “Best African Airline” at Arabian Travel Awards 2018, the second edition of Arabian Travel Awards, held on September 20, 2018 in Dubai.

Ethiopian has won the Aviation 100 “Africa Lease Deal of the Year 2018” award by Airline Economics Magazine during the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Dubai 2018 conference gala dinner.

Ethiopian Maintenance & Engineering Services has become the first in Africa with capability to repair the GEnx Engine, which powers the Boeing 787 aircraft.  

Ethiopian has won 2018 Best Airlines in Africa Award for the 7thyear in a row from African Airlines Association (AFRAA).

Ethiopian has been crowned Company of the Year by All Africa Business Leaders Award (AABLA) on 29 November 2018 in Sandton, Johannesburg. Ethiopian Group CEO, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, has also been listed among the finalist in the Business Leader of the Year category of the Award.

Ethiopian and European Union Delegation to Ethiopia signed a letter of intent to establish Ethio-European International Business School (EEIBS). The letter was signed by H.E. Ambassador Johan Borgstam, Head of the European Union Delegation to Ethiopia and Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines on December 04, 2018 at the Airline’s Headquarters.

Ethiopian has fully implemented Self Check-in Initiative, enabling its customers to check-in using their mobile device and avoid queues at the airport.

319 trainees graduated in different fields from the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy.

Ethiopian started new flights in 2018 to Asmara (Eritrea) Kisangani and Mbuji-Mayi (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Nosy Be (Madagascar), Mogadishu (Somalia), Jakarta (Indonesia), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Chicago (USA), Barcelona (Spain), Geneva (Switzerland), Manchester (UK) and Moscow (Russia).


Ethiopian and Hibret Bank have launched the first Co-branded debit card tailored to provide Ethiopian Sheba Miles members with bonus miles for their spending using the debit card.

Ethiopian inaugurated state-of-the-art passenger terminal and its Skylight Hotel on January 27, 2019 in the presence of FDRE Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed, African Union Chairperson H.E. Mr Moussa Faki, Ministers, high level government officials, Ethiopian Airlines Board Members, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, Executive Management Members and invited guests. 

Ethiopian has been awarded gold prize as the top performing cargo transportation airline at the Customers Annual Meeting organized by Guangzhou Bayiun International Airport on 30th January 2019.

Ethiopian GCEO Receives “Most Influential People of African Descent” Award Addis Ababa, 11 February 2018

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services has been crowned with ‘African Cargo Airline of the Year’ and ‘Air Cargo Brand of the Year in Africa’ Awards for the fourth year in a row at the STAT Times International Awards for Excellence in Air Cargo held from February 19 to 21 in Johannesburg.

Mr Tewolde GebreMariam has been inducted into The African CEO's Hall of Fame during the African Leadership Magazine's Persons of the Year ceremony which took place on February 22, 2019 in Johannesburg.

Ethiopian Airlines regrets to confirm that its flight ET 302/10 March in scheduled service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident around Bishoftu (Debre Zeit) Ejere Wereda Tulu Fera Kebele . The aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET- AVJ took off at 08:38 am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44am. 157 passengers and flight crew lost their lives in the accident. 

Ethiopian won the prestigious African Champion of the Year Award on March 26,2019 at the ongoing Africa CEO Forum in Kigali which is being attended by more than 1,800 delegates. 

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistic Services, Africa’s has been once again crowned with ‘2019 Best Cargo Airline–Africa’ Award at the Air Cargo News Awards ceremony held on April 26, 2019 in London, UK.

Ethiopian has served fans of the globally renowned British football teams Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in their travel to Madrid where the teams played for Champions League final match.

Ethiopian Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam has been re-appointed to the IATA (International Air Transport Association) Board of Governors for a three year-term at the 75th annual general meeting held in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Ethiopian has been honored as the ‘Best Airline in Africa’ for the third consecutive year at the Skytrax 2019 World Airlines Awards held in Paris on 18 June, 2019. Additionally, Ethiopian has won ‘Best Business Class in Africa’ and ‘Best Economy Class in Africa’ at the award ceremony.

Addis Ababa University conferred Honorary Doctorate Degree upon Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines at the University’s annual graduation ceremony held at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa on 13 July, 2019.

Ethiopian has received its 25th Dash 8-400 Aircraft, with registration number ET-AXE, from De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited.

319 trainees graduated in different fields from the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy.

Ethiopian started new flights in 2019 to Istanbul (Turkey), Marsellie (France) Garowe and Bosaso (Somalia) currently has 123 International Passenger and Cargo destinations and 22 Domestic destinations  

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