Ethiopian Airlines


Ato Mesfin Tasew Bekele
Chief Executive Officer

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the flag carrier of Ethiopia. During the past sixty plus years, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in Africa for efficiency and operational success, turning profits for almost all the years of its existence. Ethiopian Airlines made its maiden international flight to Cairo in 1946 and now the Airline provides dependable services to 70 international destinations spanning four continents.

Ethiopian is proud to be a Star Alliance Member. The Star Alliance network is the leading global airline network offering customers convenient worldwide reach and a smoother travel experience. The Star Alliance network offers more than 21,555 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries.

Ethiopian is a multi-award winner for its commitment and contributions towards the development and growth of the African aviation industry and in recognition of its distinguished long-haul operations enhanced by the introduction of new routes and products. Recently, Ethiopian won Gold in the African Airline of the Year 2011/2012 Awards organized by the African Aviation News Portal. Ethiopian also received the 2011 AFRAA award for being consistently profitable over the years and has won the “AFRICAN CARGO AIRLINE OF THE YEAR 2011 Award” for its excellence in air cargo. Ethiopian also won the 2012 “African Airline of the Year Award” from Air Transport Quarterly Magazine.

With its acquisition of and firm orders for several new modern fleet, the airline is well positioned to pursue aggressively the implementation of its Vision 2025 strategic plan to become the leading aviation group in Africa

Recognizing cargo as part of its core business, Ethiopian established state-of the-art cargo terminal with a capacity of 350,000 tons of cargo per annum positioning Addis as a regional hub. Ethiopian cargo provides extensive services to its customers in export and import business. This is a pioneering endeavor by the airline to primarily encourage and promote Africa’s export business to Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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

Ethiopian MRO is recognized as one of the finest aircraft engine and components maintenance and overhaul center in Africa and the Middle East, meeting approval standards of Ethiopian Civil Aviation and the US Federal Aviation Administration.

Ethiopian MRO maintains modern and complete aircraft engine, as well as component overhaul and repairs. The maintenance base provides complete package maintenance for Boeing, Turboprobe DHC-6, Bombardier and Fokker. Ethiopian supplies sit to sit aircraft interior wires for 737, 747, 767 and 777 aircraft types to The Boeing Company where 85% of the product goes to 777.

Corporate Address 
P.O. Box 1755, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Tel:+251 11 663 12 19
Fax:+251 11 661 14 74


IATA Code : ET

AFRAA Membership 
Founded December 21, 1945
Commenced operations in 1946
Became member in 1968

Ownership Structure 
Government : 100%

Commercial Partnership
ASKY Airlines
Star Alliance


Destinations served
Domestic – 20
Intra-Africa – 55
Intercontinental – 45

A350 – 12
B787 – 9 – 4
B787 – 8 – 20
B777 – 300 – 4
B777 – 200 – 15
B767 – 300 – 6
B737 – 800 – 16
B737 – 700 – 10
B737 Max – 4
Bombardier Q400 – 23