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Ethiopian Airlines to add Madrid on September 2

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) will add Madrid to its route map on September 2 via Rome. The route extension will be flown with Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-3Q8 ER ET-ANU (msn 27993) prepares at land in Dubai.

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Ethiopian today adds a new route to Vienna, Austria

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) has announced the start of four weekly flights to Vienna, Austria starting today (June 2).

Ethiopian flights to Vienna will bring the total number of its international destinations across five continents to 82. The city will mark the 9th European city served by the airline. Thru commercial cooperation with Austrian Airlines, a fellow Star Alliance member with strong network in Central Europe, Ethiopian aims to provide seamless and convenient connectivity options for travelers between Africa and European cities such Prague, Bratislava, Warsaw, Budapest, and Bucharest, subject to regulatory approval.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-3BG ET-ALH (msn 30565) arrives in London (Heathrow).

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Ethiopian Airlines to bring the Boeing 787 to Paris and Brussels starting on June 1

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) starting on June 1 will introduce the Boeing 787 on the Addis Ababa-Paris (CDG)-Brussels route, replacing a Boeing 767-300 per Airline Route with six weekly flights.

Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 ET-AOS (msn 34747) taxies at Toronto (Pearson). ET-AOS is named “Lucy”.

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Ethiopian Airlines to fly to Kano, Nigeria starting on May 24

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) has announced the commencement of four weekly flights to Kano, Nigeria, starting on May 24, 2014.

The flights to Kano will be Ethiopian fourth destination in Nigeria, in addition to Lagos, Abuja and Enugu.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-860 ET-APF (msn 40961) approaches the runway at Dubai.

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Ethiopian starts nonstop Boeing 787 flights to Shanghai, China

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) on March 29 started daily nonstop service to Shanghai, China. Ethiopian operates the Shanghai flight using its Boeing 787 Dreamliner with 24 Cloud Nine Business Class and 246 Economy Class seats.

Shanghai is Ethiopian’s 80th international destination.

Copyright Photo: Wingnut/AirlinersGallery.com. Up close on the ramp at London’s Heathrow Airport. Boeing 787-8 ET-AOO (msn 34743) taxies past the camera.

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Ethiopian Airlines to start daily Boeing 787 service to Shanghai on March 29

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) will start daily Boeing 787 service to Shanghai, China on March 29.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 ET-AOR (msn 34746) prepares to touch down at Dulles International Airport near Washington.

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Ethiopian Airlines first officer hijacks his Boeing 767-300 to Geneva

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) flight ET 702 was hijacked today (February 17). The Addis Ababa to Rome flight with 202 passengers and crew members was apparently hijacked by the first officer seeking asylum in Switzerland.

Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot locked the captain out of the cockpit.

The pictured Boeing 767-3BG ER ET-AMF (man 30563) has safely landed in Geneva at 0600 (6 am) local time.

The hijacker was taken into custody.

The company issued this “diversion” statement:

Ethiopian Airlines flight 702, on scheduled service departing from Addis Ababa on February 17, 2014 at 00:30 (local time) and scheduled to arrive in Rome at 04:40 (local time), was forced to proceed to Geneva Airport. Accordingly, the flight has landed safely at Geneva Airport and all passengers and crew are safe at Geneva Airport.

The cause of the diversion of the flight is under investigation. Ethiopian Airlines has made all the necessary arrangements to ensure that its esteemed passengers are being properly handled while in Geneva and can proceed to their intended destinations, to Rome and Milan, at the earliest.

Ethiopian Airlines wishes to apologize to its esteemed customers for the inconvenience caused by this diversion.

Read the full report from CNN: CLICK HERE

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Ethiopian Airlines to lease for Bombardier Q400s from Palma Holding Limited

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) is planning to lease four Bombardier DHC-8-402s (marketed as the “Q400″) from Palma Holding Limited.

Bombardier issued this statement:

Bombardier Aerospace has announced that lessor Palma Holding Limited (Palma) has signed a firm purchase agreement for four dual-class Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. The agreement, which also includes options for an additional four Q400 NextGen aircraft, follows a letter of intent to acquire the aircraft that Bombardier announced on November 18, 2013. Under a joint venture with Ibdar Bank BSC, Palma intends to lease four of the Q400 NextGenaircraft to Ethiopian Airlines.

Ethiopian Airlines currently operates a fleet that includes 13 Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) NextGen airliners.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GBKC (msn 4299) became ET-ANI with Ethiopian Airlines.

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Reuters: Ethiopian to order 10-20 narrow body jetliners

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) is planning to place an order for 10 to 20 narrow body jetliners according to this report by Reuters. The African carrier is studying proposals from Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier. The company has traditionally ordered from Boeing.

The damaged 787 at Heathrow Airport returned to service in December.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Ethiopian is still operating older Boeing 757-200s on some routes. Part of the new order would replace these aircraft. Boeing 757-231 ET-ALZ (msn 30319) arrives at Dubai and was originally delivered to TWA on August 16, 199 as N720TW.

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How to repair a damaged Boeing 787-8

Boeing (Chicago) is currently repairing the damaged Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 ET-AOP (msn 34744) at London’s Heathrow Airport. As previously report, the new airliner was damaged by fire on July 12, 2013.

According to this report by The Seattle Times, Boeing’s repair team is gluing a giant composite plastic skin patch inside a temporary building surrounding the rear section of the aircraft. The tail has been removed.

Boeing builds the fuselage as a single piece so this repair is very delicate and intricate for this new technology. The repairs should take five weeks.

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Read the initial report of the fire: CLICK HERE

Follow-up report on the fire by the AAIB: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. ET-AOP is undergoing this delicate repair inside this specially-designed and fabricate housing which surrounds the rear fuselage.

Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 777-300 ER via GECAS, enters service today

Ethiopian 777-300 ET-APX (03)(Tko)(Ethiopian)(LRW)

Boeing (Chicago) has delivered a 777-300 ER (Extended Range) jet to GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) for lease to Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa). The 777-300 ER is now the largest airplane in the Ethiopian flag-carrier’s fleet and will provide it with increased capacity and improved operating economics on key routes from its base in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The pictured 777-36N ER ET-APX (msn 42101) was handed over on November 7 as scheduled.

Ethiopian’s first 777-300 ER will seat nearly 400 passengers in a two-class configuration and perfectly complements its existing fleet of six 777-200 LR (Longer Range) airplanes by providing additional capacity and flexibility on popular routes, such as Guangzhou, Washington, D.C. and Dubai.

The 777-300 ER can fly up to 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kilometers) and is equipped with GE90-115B engines, the world’s most powerful commercial jet engine. Ethiopian’s 777-300ER also features the Boeing Signature Interior that offers wider seats, wider aisles, more headroom and more seating flexibility.

Ethiopian currently serves 76 destinations across five continents and was recently awarded African Business of the Year at the annual African Business Awards. The carrier’s partnership with Boeing stretches back over six decades, with a current fleet of nearly 50 Boeing airplanes that includes Next-Generation 737s, 757s, 767s, 777s, and 787 Dreamliners and a cargo fleet that includes 757s, 777 Freighters and a MD-11.

The airline issued this statement:

Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and most profitable African airline, took delivery of the first of its four Boeing 777-300 ERs on November 7, 2013. The Boeing 777-300 ER is the largest aircraft in the airline’s fleet with 400 passengers seating capacity.

Ethiopian Boeing 777-300 ER will operate in its dense routes such as Guangzhou, Washington D.C., Dubai and Luanda. The aircraft is scheduled to serve the Addis Ababa – Luanda route three times a week, as of November 10, 2013, and three times a week on the Addis Ababa – Guangzhou route, as of November 15, 2013.

Ethiopian, which is a multi-award winning Pan-African carrier as the Passenger Choice “Best Airline in Africa” and the SKYTRAX “Best Staff Service in Africa” of 2013, will phase in three additional B777-300ERs in January 2014, May and June 2015.

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Ethiopian Airlines to take delivery of its first Boeing 777-300 ER on November 7

Ethiopian 777-300ER (03)(Flt)Ethiopian)(LR)

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) will take delivery of its first Boeing 777-300 ER on November 7. Boeing 777-36N ER ET-APX (msn 42101) is the first of four and is currently being painted for the handover.

The new 777-300 ER will operate on Ethiopian’s dense routes such as from Addis Ababa to Guangzhou (China), Washington (Dulles) D.C., Dubai and Luanda. The aircraft is scheduled to serve the Addis Ababa – Luanda route three times a week, as of November 10, 2013, and three times a week on the Addis Ababa – Guangzhou route starting on November 15, 2013.

In other news, Ethiopian will extend its system to Singapore on December 3, 2013 with three weekly flights. The new flights to Singapore will be operated with Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 24 seats in Ethiopian Cloud Nine Business Class and 211 seats in Economy class.

Flight Days From To Departure Arrival
ET626 TU/THU/SA Addis Ababa Singapore(via BKK) 00:40 18:15
ET627 TU/THU/SA Singapore(via BKK) Addis Ababa 22:45 06:25

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Ethiopian Airlines to increase its Boeing 787 fleet

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) has leased three additional Boeing 787-8s boasting its fleet to 13. The airline is already operating a fleet of five. Despite the problems and grounding with the new type, which affected earnings, the airline wants to add more 787s beyond the 13 according to a report by The Economic Times.

Read the full story from The Economic Times: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 ET-AOQ (msn 34745) lands at Stockholm (Arlanda).

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Reuters: AAIB looking at condensation and ELT wiring as the possible cause of the Ethiopian Airlines 787 fire

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Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is now focusing on possible condensation on the parked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 (ET-AOP) at London Heathrow Airport and a possible pinched wire in an emergency beacon (ELT) as the possible cause of the July 12 fire, according to people familiar with the investigation and this report by Reuters.

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Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated it will require inspections of all Honeywell ELTs on all 787s. However the FAA stopped short of requiring the airlines to disconnect or remove the ELTs.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Boeing meanwhile has issued this statement:

The safety of passengers and crew members who fly aboard Boeing airplanes is our highest priority.

As a party to the investigation, Boeing supports the two recommendations from the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), which we think are reasonable precautionary measures to take as the investigation proceeds. We are working proactively to support the regulatory authorities in taking appropriate action in response to these recommendations, in coordination with our customers, suppliers, and other commercial airplane manufacturers.

We are confident the 787 is safe and we stand behind its overall integrity.

Reuters: AAIB is now looking at Honeywell’s ELT on Ethiopian’s ET-AOP

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Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) has invited Honeywell to join the investigation team that is looking into the onboard fire on a parked Ethiopian Airlines‘ Boeing 787-8 ET-AOP (msn 34744) at London’s Heathrow Airport on July 12, 2013. The Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) is now under review as a possible source of the fire (along with other components) that singed the outer fuselage skin of the airliner at the upper rear fuselage line near the tail.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

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AAIB: No evidence the Ethiopian 787 fire at London Heathrow Airport was caused by the batteries

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Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has classified the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 ET-AOP (msn 34744) fire at London Heathrow Airport on Friday (July 12) as a “serious incident”. The important statement in the message below is the statement at the end is the heat damage in upper rear fuselage “is remote from the area in which the aircraft main and APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) batteries are located, and, at this stage, there is no evidence of a direct causal relationship”.

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Breaking News: Operations suspended after a fire on an Ethiopian Airlines parked Boeing 787 at London Heathrow

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Ethiopian Airlines‘ (Addis Ababa) Boeing 787-8 ET-AOP (msn 34744) parked at a remote stand (parking spot) at London (Heathrow) was involved in an unspecified on-board fire this afternoon. No passengers were on board the aircraft.

The 787 was grounded in January after several on-board fires involving the battery system. The NTSB was never able to determine the cause of the battery fires. Boeing re-designed a battery containment package system that was approved and certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the aircraft returned to the skies in April. It is undetermined if this reported fire involves the battery system.

Airport operations at LHR was suspended briefly due to the fire. Fire equipment were seen surrounding the aircraft at the stand. Fire crews were inspecting the rear cargo compartment (see second video).

According to a Reuters photo, there appears to be a damaged area in the top rear roof area ahead of the tail.

Ethiopian Airlines issued this statement:

Today, Friday, July 12, 2013, smoke was detected from Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 aircraft with the registration number ET-AOP, which was parked at London Heathrow Airport for more than eight hours.

The aircraft was empty when the incident was observed.

The cause of the incident is under investigation by all concerned.

Further statements will be issued in due course, as we receive more information.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

The aircraft has been moved to a hangar and an investigation has started. All airlines continue to operate the aircraft although a Thomson Airways 787 had to return due to a technical problem. Read the full report from the Financial Times: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. ET-AOP in action at Toronto (Pearson) before today’s incident.

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Ethiopian Airlines today starts a new route to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro via Lomé, Togo

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) has announced that it has added South America, the fifth continent in its route network, with the launching of new services to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as of today – July 1, 2013.

The inaugural flight to these destinations is operated using Ethiopian Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, the most technologically advanced commercial aircraft offering unparalleled on-board comfort to passengers with high ceiling, the biggest windows in the sky, greatly reduced noise, unique lighting system and higher level of humidity.

Ethiopian flight to Brazil are operated through its second hub in Lomé, Togo, three times a week. The addition of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro will bring the number of its international destinations across five continents to 75. The flights will be the only connection between West Africa and Brazil.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner ET-AOQ (msn 34745) arrives in Dubai.

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Ethiopian Airlines to fly the Boeing 787 to Seoul starting on June 18

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) has announced that it will become the first African carrier to operate scheduled flights to Seoul (Incheon), the Republic of South Korea effective on June 18, 2013 using the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

Ethiopian will fly four weekly services to Incheon International Airport in Seoul and its inaugural flight will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and South Korea.

Various ministers, ambassadors, high level officials, members of the business community and an Ethiopian cultural troupe will be on-board the inaugural flight. Joint high profile events such as government, business, trade, tourism, cultural and academic forums highlighting the great potential of the relations between the two countries are scheduled to take place in Seoul from June 19-21, 2013.

Seoul will be Ethiopian 73rd international destination. The inclusion of Seoul into Ethiopian network is part of Ethiopian Vision 2025 of connecting Africa with the major world economic and financial hubs.

Additionally the flag carrier is also using the Boeing 787 to open a new route to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil starting on July 1. The new route will operate three days a week via Lomé-Tokoin Airport in Togo.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner ET-AOR (msn 34746) departs from Toronto (Pearson).

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Ethiopian Airlines becomes the first to put its Boeing 787s back into revenue service

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) as planned, put its first Boeing 787 back into revenue service yesterday (April 27) on the Addis Ababa-Nairobi route. All 787s were grounded on January 16.

Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography. Boeing 787-8 ET-AOP (msn 34744) climbs away from Toronto (Pearson).

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Reuters: Ethiopian Airlines to resume Boeing 787 operations on April 27

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) according to this report by Reuters citing two airline sources, will be the first airline to resume scheduled passenger operations of the Boeing 787 with a flight to Nairobi now scheduled for Saturday, April 27.

Air India (Mumbai) should follow after Ethiopian Airlines.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner ET-AOR (msn 34746) lands at Everett (Paine Field).

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Ethiopian Airlines to launch new service to Ho Chi Minh City, Manila and Seoul

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) on June 18 will add new service to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) via Bangkok with three weekly flights flown by Boeing 767-300 ERs.

The airline is also adding new routes to Seoul (Incheon) and Manila as part of its Asian expansion.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 767-3BG ER ET-AMF (msn 30563) prepares to land at London (Heathrow).

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Ethiopian Airlines to lease three Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners from ILFC

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) will lease three Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners from ILFC. ILFC issued the following statement:

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc., announced Ethiopian Airlines has agreed to lease three of Boeing’s new Dreamliner 787-8 aircraft.

Ethiopian will have thirteen 787 aircraft by 2015.

The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2015 and will carry GEnx-1B70/75 engines. ILFC is the largest customer for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with an order book of 74 aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 787-8 ET-AOR (msn 34746) is seen at Everett (Paine Field).

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Ethiopian Airlines to introduce Kuala Lumpur on October 31

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) will extend the Addis Ababa-Bangkok route to Kuala Lumpur on October 31. The route will be operated with Boeing 767-300 ERs, three days a week, per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Boeing 767-360 ER ET-ALJ (msn 33767) completes its final approach into Dubai.

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Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery and puts its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner into service

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) on August 14 took delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner dubbed “Africa First” in Seattle. The new airliner ferried to Washington (Dulles) for a special unveiling.

Today (August 16) the pictured Boeing 787-8 ET-AOQ (msn 34745) at Washington (Dulles) is operating a special flight from Washington (Dulles) to Addis Ababa. Regular daily service starts on September 20 on the route after the second Dreamliner is delivered.

The Dreamliner offers passengers greatly enhanced on-board comfort, with significantly reduced noise, higher level of humidity, the biggest windows in the sky and unique lighting system. Ethiopian had previously announced that it would rotate its first Dreamliner, ET-AOQ, primarily on its African routes.

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Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. ET-AOQ taxies on arrival at Washington (Dulles). As previously reported, Boeing has dropped all customer codes with the 787. All of the models delivered so far are officially designated as 787-8 Dreamliners.

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Ethiopian Airlines announces its schedule for the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) will be the first airline in the world outside of Japan to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airline has announced the schedule for its first Dreamliner:

“The first Ethiopian Dreamliner will touch down in Addis Ababa at Bole International Airport on August 17, 2012. The first flight of Ethiopian Dreamliner dubbed “The Dream Tour,” will be on August 18, 2012, with a sightseeing flight to Mount Kilimanjaro for around 270 invited guests, consisting of Ministers, Ambassadors, other VIPs, Ethiopian ShebaMiles Gold Members and media.

Thereafter, starting from August 19, 2012, the first Ethiopian Dreamliner will be operating on rotation basis to African destinations such as Kilimanjaro, Mombassa, Harare, Lusaka, Nairobi, Entebbe, Lagos, Johannesburg, Abuja, Malabo, Douala, Lomé, Accra, Maputo, Luanda as well as to Dubai, Mumbai, Rome, London and Frankfurt.”

According to Airline Route, the first regular route for the 787 will be the Addis Ababa-Rome-Washington (Dulles) route starting on September 20 (arriving at IAD on the morning of September 21).

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. The first Dreamliner, the pictured 787-8 ET-AOQ (msn 34745) is being prepared for handover at Everett (Paine Field).

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Ethiopian Airlines orders an additional Boeing 777-200 LR (Longer Range)

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) has announced it has placed an order for one additional 777-200 LR (Longer Range) Worldliner, adding to the airline’s fleet of five 777-200 LRs. The order is valued at approximately $276 million at list price.

Ethiopian Airlines was the first African airline to operate the 777-200 LR, the first to order the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with an order for 10 and the first to order the 777 Freighter. Ethiopian Airlines currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of 737, 757, 767 and 777 airplanes in passenger service and a 757, MD-11 and 747 in cargo operations.

Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati. Boeing 777-260 LR ET-ANO (msn 40771) named “The Rift Valley” arrives from Addis Ababa at Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Ethiopian Airlines to add Toronto and Sao Paulo this summer

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) is planning to add new routes to both Toronto (Pearson) and Sao Paulo this summer according to this report by News Dire.

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Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.

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Ethiopian Airlines orders five Bombardier DHC-8-402s (Q400s)

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) has been confirmed as the airline that has ordered five new Bombardier DHC-8-402s (Q400s). Two of the five aircraft will be operated by Ethiopian Airlines and three by its affiliate, ASKY Airlines of Togo.

This order brings the total number of Q400s ordered by Ethiopian to 13.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photogaphy.

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Ethiopian Airlines to add Dammam, Saudi Arabia to its growing network

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Abab) has announced it will launch new nonstop flights from Addis Ababa to Dammam, the capital of the Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia, as of February 2, 2012.

Dammam is a large metropolitan and industrial area that lies on tip of land stretching out into the Persian Gulf. Dammam is also a major seaport, involved in a wide variety of export and import. It is a center for petroleum and natural gas and all commerce in the eastern parts of the kingdom.

According to the airline, “Dammam is also well known for its tourist attractions such as the Coastal Sports Center, Half Moon Beech, King Fahd Park and Alkhleej Makarim Village where tourists can engage in mountain climbing, hiking, skiing or surfing.”

Dammam will be Ethiopian’s 8th destination in the Middle East and its 64th worldwide.

The new route will be served with Boeing 737-700s.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Please click on the photo for more information.

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Ethiopian Airlines is disputing the official aircraft crash investigation of flight ET 409

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) is officially challenging the conclusions of the official investigation of the tragic crash of flight ET 409 of January 25, 2010 in which 90 passengers and crew members died in the night crash after departing Beirut, Lebanon.

Here is the statement by the airline:

“Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 17, 2012

Ethiopian Airlines strongly refutes the final investigation report released today by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Works and Transport on the accident of ET 409 / 25 January 2010.

The Airline maintained that the Lebanese Government had been speculating the cause of the accident as pilot error right from the day of the accident contrary to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 13.

Mr Tewolde Gebremariam, Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines stated: “We are not surprised that the investigation process in the last couple of years was used only to justify the speculation made publicly before the beginning of the investigation process.  To this effect, the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority has appended its comments to the report and expressed its regrets and disagreement both in the investigation process and the final report. ”

Mr. Tewolde added that the final report was biased, lacking evidence, incomplete and did not present the full account of the accident. He noted that the report contained numerous factual inaccuracies, internal contradictions and hypothetical statements that are not supported by evidence.  He also added that the investigative authority denied the recovery of the wreckage and ignored crucial information such as security footage, autopsy and taxo-logical records, baggage screening X-ray records, terminal CCTV records, full CVR recovery and read out, victims’ bodies were buried without medical examination and also declined to provide a detailed profile of passengers.

Capt. Desta Zeru, VP Flight Operations of Ethiopian Airlines said: “ATC officers and other airlines’ pilots have witnessed a ball of fire on the aircraft in the air.  All recordings of the Digital Flight Data Recorder and the Cockpit Voice Recorder stopped at 1300 ft. and the aircraft disappeared from radar screen at the same time.  The last cockpit voice recording was also a loud noise which sounds like an explosion.  All these facts clearly indicate that the aircraft disintegrated in the air due to explosion, which could have been caused by a shoot-down, sabotage, or lightening strike.”

“Although the final report wrongly alleges that the captain’s actions, statements and degraded performance during that period were as a result of spatial disorientation and loss of situational awareness; the fact of the matter is the CVR and DFDR clearly show that the pilot was making appropriate inputs in an effort to control the aircraft.  This contradicts the investigation assertion that the captain was under subtle incapacitation while he was making every effort to control the aircraft even under heavy gravity force.  Moreover, both pilots were properly trained and qualified.  The captain had over 20 years of experience with a total time of 10,233 hours and the crew pairing was in accordance with approved policy.  The crew duty and rest time was in accordance with the regulation.  Any characterization of our pilots contrary to the foregoing is pure fabrication that cannot stand any scrutiny,’ said Mr Tewolde.

For 65 years Ethiopian Airlines has been one of the continent’s leading carriers unrivalled in Africa for its efficiency, safety and operational success.  It prides itself in the high standards of its workforce including pilot, technicians and other highly qualified professionals.”

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Please click on the photo for information about the crash.

Ethiopian Airlines to add Blended Winglets to its Boeing 767-300s

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) is adding Blended Winglets to its Boeing 767-300 ER. Today Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) announced Ethiopian Airlines has ordered Blended Winglets for its 767-300 ERs. Ethiopian Airlines will install the winglets in Addis Ababa at their maintenance facility at Bole International Airport. Initial installations, on 3 aircraft, are planned to commence in February 2012.

Copyright Photo: Pedro Pics.

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Ethiopian Airlines joins the Star Alliance

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) yesterday (December 13) joined the Star Alliance. 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.

With the addition of Ethiopian Airlines, the Star Alliance network in Africa grows to cover major commercial and political cities of the continent particularly in East, Central and West Africa. In total, the 16 Star Alliance member carriers serving Africa offer more than 750 daily flights to over 110 destinations in 48 countries on the continent, with Addis Ababa, Cairo and Johannesburg serving as the main hubs.

On a global scale, with the addition of Ethiopian Airlines, the Star Alliance network now counts 28 airlines, offering a choice of more than 21,000 daily flights to 1,290 destinations in 189 countries.

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord.

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Boeing delivers Ethiopian Airlines’ first 737 with the new Boeing Sky Interior

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) on November 22, 2011 accepted brand new Boeing 737-860 ET-APF (msn 40961). For the company, it is the first Boeing 737 with the new Boeing Sky Interior.

Copyright Photo: Boeing. An interior photo of ET-APF with the attractive new interior.

Ethiopian Airlines to code-share with Singapore Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) announced today it will begin code-sharing with Singapore Airlines (Singapore) starting on November 1, 2011. The new agreement will permit Ethiopian’s customers the option of flying to Singapore.

The code-share agreement allows passengers of both carriers to have wider choices of services between Asia and Africa. According to the agreement, Ethiopian will code share on Singapore Airlines operating flights between Singapore and Dubai and Singapore Airlines will code share on Ethiopian operating flights between Addis Ababa and Dubai effective November 1, 2011.

Ethiopian currently serves Dubai 20 times a week.

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Ethiopian Airlines adds two regional routes from northern Ethiopia to Sudan

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) announced it launched new regional service to Khartoum from Bahir-Dar, the capital of the Amhara region and Tigray’s Mekele to Khartoum on October 13 according to the Sudan Tribune. The new routes are operated by Bombardier DHC-8-402s (Q400s), four times a week.

In addition, the flag carrier will fly to the Seychelles three times a week on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays starting on November 15 with its Boeing 737 aircraft.

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Ethiopian Airlines and Boeing confirm an order for four 777F freighters

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) and Boeing have now confirmed an order for four new 777F freighters. Ethiopian will become the first African airline to operate the new freighter.

The order was previously listed as “unidentified”.

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Ethiopian Airlines to fly to the Seychelles islands

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) will add the Seychelles and the Addis Ababa-Seychelles route starting on October 30. The new route will be served weekly.

The Seychelles is an island country spanning an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, 932 miles to the east of mainland Africa and northeast of the island of Madagascar.

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Ethiopian Airlines to acquire four Boeing 777F freighters

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) is reportedly in the final stages of ordering four new Boeing 777F freighters according to this article by NewsDire.

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Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of ET-AOK for ASky Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) today took delivery of Boeing 737-790 ET-AOK (msn 33012) for operation for ASky Airlines (Togo).

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Ethiopian Airlines’ brand new Boeing 777-260 LR ET-ANN is damaged by Emirates’ Airbus A340-313X A6-ERN

Ethiopian Airlines’ (Addis Ababa) newly-delivered first Boeing 777-260 LR ET-ANN (msn 40770) was damaged at its Addis Ababa base on January 4. The left wing of the taxiing Emirates Airline Airbus A340-313X A6-ERN (msn 166) struck the tail of ET-ANN while it was parked.

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Ethiopian Airlines starts Addis Ababa-Kilimanjaro flights

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) launched on December 3, 2010 a new route from Addis Ababa to Kilimanjaro.

On the same day, Ethiopian upgraded its daily Mombasa flight from Q400 to 737-800.

Copyright Photo: Michael Stappen. ET’s first 777 visits Dubai. It will soon be introduced on the Addis Ababa-Washington (Dulles) route. Please click on the photo fro additional information.

Ethiopian Airlines takes delivery of first 777, Boeing’s 900th 777

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) on November 17, 2010 accepted Boeing 777-260 LR (Long Range) ET-ANN (msn 40770), its first Triple Seven.

This was also the 900th 777 airplane delivered by Boeing. The airplane is the first of five 777s the airline ordered in 2009.

The carrier will use the 777-200 LRs on new, nonstop service to and from Washington (Dulles) to Addis Ababa and new long-haul, nonstop routes like Beijing.

The 777 program reached the 900-airplane milestone faster than any other twin-aisle airplane in history. The 777′s performance and passenger-preferred interior have made it the world’s most popular twin-engine long-haul commercial jetliner, with 1,165 orders from 61 customers.

Ethiopian Airlines to join the Star Alliance in 2011

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) with the assistance of Lufthansa is planning to join the Star Alliance in the next 12 months.

Copyright Photos: Pedro Pics. Boeing 767-360 ER ET-ALO (msn 33768) arrives at London (Stansted).

Ethiopian Airlines to lease three Boeing 737-800s from ALAFCO

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) is leasing three Boeing 737-800s from ALAFCO.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Ex-Flyglobespan Boeing 737-8BK G-CEJP (msn 29646) departs from Lasham before it became ET-AMZ. It was delivered on December 8, 2009.

Ethiopian Airlines officials are not happy with ET-ANB crash investigation

Ethiopian Airlines’ (Addis Ababa) according to Jimma Times CEO Girma Wake is not happy with on-going investigation of the January 15 crash of Boeing 737-8AS ET-ANB (msn 29935). According to this published report, the CEO accused Lebanese authorities on Wednesday (February 24) of making misleading comments on the cause of flight ET 409 crash on January 25 shortly after taking off from Beirut. The airline officials are dismissing reports of sabotage and the blaming of the flight crew for not following instructions by Lebanese Air Traffic Control (ATC).

According to this published report in the Jimma Times, the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir, claims to have seen findings by the disaster investigators, suggesting that the Ethiopian pilot lost control of the plane moments before it plunged into the sea off the coast of Naameh, south of Beirut.

According to As-Safir, the preliminary report allegedly states “Navigation authorities in Rafik Hariri International Airport and other Lebanese authorities were freed from responsibility. The crash was attributed to a ‘human error committed inside the cockpit’.”

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Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Ex-Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS ET-ANB (msn 29935) is pictured on approach at Dubai before the tragic accident.

Ethiopian’s crashed Boeing 737-800 Flight Data Recorder is located by the U.S. Navy

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Ethiopian Airlines’ (Addis Ababa) crashed Boeing 737-8AS ET-ANB (msn 29935) Flight Data Recorder has been located by the U.S. Navy off the coast of Lebanon.

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Ethiopian pilot was unable to follow ATC directions, made a sharp turn and plunged into the sea

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Another picture of the ill-fated ex-Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS ET-ANB (msn 29935) landing at Dubai right before sunset in the desert.

Ethiopian Airlines’ (Addis Ababa) crash yesterday morning in Beirut is becoming a mystery. The pilot in command of the aircraft was unable to follow flight instructions from ATC and made a sharp turn before plunging into the Mediterranean Sea.

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Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-8AS ET-ANB crashes into the sea off of Lebabnon

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. ET-ANB arrives at Dubai before the crash.

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) tragically lost its ex-Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS ET-ANB (msn 29935, ex EI-CSW) this morning (January 25) off the coast of Lebanon (not newly-acquired ET-AMZ). ET-ANB was built in 2002 and was delivered to Ethiopian on September 12, 2009. Flight ET 409 had just departed Beirut en route to Addis Ababa with 90 passengers and crew on board. There were reports of thunderstorms in the area. Search crews are looking for debris and any possible survivors.

Ethiopian issued this initial press release:

07:02 AM – Local Time

Ethiopian flight ET-409 scheduled to operate from Beirut to Addis Ababa on January 25th lost contact with the Lebanese air controllers shortly after take off. The flight departed at 02:35 Lebanese time from Beirut International Airport.

Flight ET-409 carries 82 passenger plus 8 Ethiopian Crew members. Out of the total passengers 23 are Ethiopian, 51 Lebanese, 1 Turkish, 1 French, 2 British, 1 Russian, 1 Canadian, 1 Syrian, 1 Iraqi nationals.

A team is already working on gathering all pertinent information. An investigative team has already been dispatched to the scene and we will release further information as further updates are received.

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Ethiopian Airlines orders 10 additional Boeing 737-800s

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) has ordered 10 additional Boeing 737-800s. The company is an all-Boeing operator. With the exception of the 747, it has operated every heritage Boeing commercial airplane since the 707. The airline operates five 737-700s and two 737-800s. Ethiopian also operates nine 757s, 10 767s and one MD-11BCF (Boeing Converted Freighter), with a second MD-11BCF arriving in August.

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